Michael Bay says size matters when it comes to explosions — and his is bigger.
“James Bond tried to take the ‘largest explosion in the world’,” Bay, 57, recently told Empire Magazine. “Bulls—t. Ours is.”
“[Producer] Jerry Bruckheimer showed Ridley Scott the movie,” Bay told the publication. “And the quote [from Scott] was, ‘F—k me.’ No one knows how hard that is. We had so much big stuff out there. Real boats, 20 real planes. We had 350 events going off. Three months of rigging on seven boats, stopping a freeway that’s three miles away.”
The “Bad Boys” director also compared the process of creating an epic movie eruption to “making a Caesar salad.”
“There’s a special sauce for explosions,” he said. “It’s like a recipe. I see some directors do it, and they look cheesy, or it won’t have a shockwave. There are certain ways with explosions where you’re mixing different things, and different types of explosions to make it look more realistic.”
Bay’s next flick, “Ambulance,” stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza Gonzalez and Jake Gyllenhaal and will be hitting theaters oon April 8. The thriller portrays two men who rob a bank, only for them to be chased by the LAPD while having a fatally wounded cop and an EMT hosting held hostage in an ambulance.
“Transformers” star Megan Fox spoke about her controversial relationship with Bay in an interview with Wonderland magazine last month. “He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is,” the 35-year-old said.
The “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” actress continued, “So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it’s endearing to watch him.”
“He’s vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he’s a tyrant. Shia [LaBeouf] and I almost die when we make a ‘Transformers‘ movie. He has you do some really insane things that insurance would never let you do,” she added.