Pain & Gain

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

Yes it’s coming in April!

It’s my $26 million dollar film that I’ve had for many years, finally I had a moment to shoot it, and it that was a blast! I filmed it in Miami. Pain & Gain is still in the cutting room.

But what I can say this film is a funny, twisted, true crime story. The people who have seen it say to me it’s totally original in its style. But you guys will be the judges. One thing I do know is studios are now a days so shy to make these type of movies, but I know audiences love to still see them.

What I really like about the film are the quirky and rich characters. Why was it fun? Because, simply, my amazing cast. Marc Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie were a great trio together. But also working with Ed Harris, who I loved working with in The Rock. Also Tony Shalhoub, not only the greatest guy but an amazing actor. Rebel Wilson, Rob Cordry, Ken Jeoung, and Michael Rispoli round out the cast. And also a new find, Bar Paly.

But I must say Wahlberg and Johnson play totally fresh characters and that’s why it’s so fun to watch them on screen. The editing process is a bit slower on this one because I’m in the middle of launching my three TV shows and prepping Transformers 4–which is going in a total new direction and in a way to really broaden the franchise to give it lasting legs.

As for the teaser poster, we just wanted to create a bit of curiosity for the title, so don’t take it too seriously.


Download the high resolution poster.

Want To Work With Michael Bay?

Posted on Sep 19, 2012

From USAToday:

The next Transformers movie could have an unlikely film credit: yours.

Doritos, the Frito-Lay brand that has embraced the Super Bowl as the salty snack’s sweet spot for consumer-generated commercials, on Wednesday will announce plans to seriously boost the booty in its seventh annual Crash the Super Bowl contest.

Doritos will link up with one of Hollywood’s most successful directors, Michael Bay, whose Transformers films have created a movie empire.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, ranks as the fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time by raking in $1.2 billion at the box office. Bay also directed Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys and The Rock.

The consumer who creates the top-ranked Doritos commercial aired during the Super Bowl — as determined by USA TODAY’S Ad Meter consumer poll of best-liked Super Bowl commercials — wins the chance to work with Bay on the next installment of the Transformers movie franchise, to be filmed in 2013.

In an age of social-media hype and online overload, marketers are increasingly looking for ways to stand out. With this PR-seeking promo, Doritos aims to not only break through the Super Bowl clutter but to add another notch to its recent history of generating some of the Super Bowl’s top commercials.

If a Doritos spot tops the USA TODAY Ad Meter, the creator also wins $1 million.

Digital Domain

Posted on Sep 8, 2012

For those people and press asking: I stopped being an officer or director of the company over three years ago, and have not owned stock in the company for some time. I have remained a loyal client and supporter of the company however. It has amazing people and talent, and it still can be a great company! During this difficult time, my thoughts are with the great people I’ve had the pleasure to work with at DD.

Michael Bay

Michael Clarke Duncan

Posted on Sep 3, 2012


I’m really bummed at losing such a great guy in my life today, Michael Clarke Duncan.

I gave him his first big movie role in Armageddon as Bear. We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a “Michael and Jerry movie”, he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room.

His first day on Armageddon he sucked. I remember looking to Ben Affleck and thinking we might need to fire him. But I told him “Mike, I hired you for you, I want the sweet, Mr Clarke Duncan I met in that room”. I said, “the audience is going to fall in love with you”.

He looked and smiled with deep voice and said “Ok”.

From then on out he became the most improved actor on the set. That was the award he got at the end of the film. Everyone loved him, his infectious spirit and great belly laugh.

It was a great time I will always remember, how proud I was to watch him grow into an actor. Watching him study all the guys from Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck to Steve Buscemi, and Owen Wilson. When he said in the movie he ” wanted to stay in the White House for the summer” he killed it. In his N.A.S.A. evaluation I told him to cry like a baby. He looked at me with his macho Duncan eyes and said “Mike I can’t do that” I said “yes you can” and it became the biggest laugh in the movie.

I’m really sad to lose him. Rest in peace buddy.

Michael Bay