Michael Bay Likes to Write Checks His Ass Can’t Cash

Regardless of what you think of Michael Bay as a director, I think we can all agree on one point — the guy comes across as a bit of an asshole. He’s both arrogant and hot-headed, and he seems to enjoy posting things on his personal blog in order to ruffle some feathers, only to retract them a couple days later. A while back Goon sent me a news story about a rant that Bay wrote criticizing Transformers producers Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto for trying to take creative credit for the movie. He put the post up on his personal blog and then thought better of it a day later and took it down again. I didn’t post about it at the time because it seemed a bit too gossipy, but now it’s becoming clear that Bay enjoys running his mouth without having to back up his words.

A couple of days ago he put up another rant on his website’s message board, voicing his concerns about Paramount’s decision to go exclusive to HD-DVD. “I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me!” Like a little baby who wasn’t getting his way, he threatened to pull out of Transformers 2. Now it seems that cooler heads have prevailed once again. In a new blog post, Bay explains that he had been having dinner with some Blu-ray execs the night before, and at 1:30 in the morning decided to make a rash post. Now he’s taking it all back: “So today I saw 300 on HD-DVD, it rocks! So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!”

While it’s sometimes nice to see filmmakers being passionate and speaking their mind without pulling any punches, in the case of Bay, he just comes across as both a bully and a drama queen. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would actually like to see him follow through with his Transformers 2 threat. What do you think, did Bay have a right to be upset about the HD-DVD exclusivity? And would you care if he refused to direct Transformers 2?

  • Goon

    i was hoping he’d stick to his guns and leave Transformers 2. In spite of everything I hated about the first one, a good Transformers movie could be made.. but not with Bay on board.

  • Although Bay is generally a douchebag, I kind of like that he was willing to pull this shit. The format war is only hurting one person: the consumer. I was HD-DVD, saw the direction things were going, and jumped ship to Blu-Ray. Now I’m getting fucked over there too?

    Bay gets it — people (like me) want to see whatever movies we want to on the format we own. Squabbling back and forth with “exclusivity” only makes me less satisfied with the industry as a whole. If more directors spoke up and said “why in the hell can’t my movie be watched by EVERYBODY?” we might finally get this thing sorted out.

  • Nobody can accuse him of being an intellectual. He sounds like an 11year old idiot when he talks, he acts as if he’s enlightened because he acknowledges the need for catering in major studio films, and this is par for the course.

    He’s run out his course for me. OPEN LETTER TO MICHAEL BAY (I KNOW YOU WON’T READ THIS, BUT I’M GOING TO MAKE IT AN OPEN LETTER ANYWAY BECAUSE DEEP DOWN I HOPE YOU DO, EVEN THOUGH I CLAIM TO KNOW YOU DON’T): Go back to the chopper convention and take still photos.

  • Daniel

    Running your mouth in hollywood is risky shit. i say good on him even though he retracted the statements at least we know what went through his head.

    and yeah, he was right, it’s bullshit paramount pulled support for Blu-ray. fucking retards.