‘Hangover’ Director Todd Phillips Talks About Michael Bay & 3D
What are you looking forward to this summer?
What else? Oh. [Laughs] Oddly, I’m excited about Transformers 3 because technically, I know what Michael Bay’s been up to, and I think he’s going to blow people’s minds with what he’s going to do.
Do you dig 3-D?
I’m not a huge fan of 3-D. What he’s doing in on another level; it’s not just the 3-D. I’m not a huge fan of 3-D, though. Honestly, I think that movies are an immersive experience and an audience experience. There’s nothing like seeing a film with 500 people in a theater. And there’s something about putting on 3-D glasses that makes it a very singular experience for me. Suddenly I’m not connected to the audience anymore. I think once they solve the glasses issue it’ll be a huge step forward. You know what I’m talking about? You put them on, and suddenly you’re there alone. It’s not like you can turn to your friend and share a look during an amazing scene. They have their glasses on and you can’t really see. So it becomes a very singular experience to me, 3-D, which is the opposite of the audience experience I love so much.
But that said, I was talking about Transformers 3, and it wasn’t the 3-D part that was really exciting. I know Michael Bay, I’ve talked to Michael Bay, and the enthusiasm with which he’s brought me through some of the stuff that he’s doing was just infectious. I’m really excited to view it.
I think a lot more people look forward to Michael Bay movies than would let on. I mean, I do. I’ll admit it.
It’s good to hear that you admit that. I certainly know filmmakers and directors who know how hard it is to make a movie, and when you look at a movie on the scale of what Michael does, and you just can’t help but be blown away. Knowing all the moving parts that go into these things, and then he just kicks it up to 11? You’ve just gotta respect that.