Michael Bay is one of the most polarizing filmmakers today. Known for intricate action scenes and lavish spectacle, his detractors have argued that his films are hollow manifestation of flashy production, but that has not stopped making his features from making millions. In addition to the soon to be released “Pain and Gain,” he talked about another popular franchise.
Concerning “Pain and Gain,” which stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Anthony Mackie, he said of filming on a lower budget:
“It was tough. We had to suffer a little. A normal movie has 150 scenes. This had 280, which makes it difficult.” He continued by complementing his cast: “I had a great time with the cast. We did it fast and inexpensively but it looks great for the money. The actors were a blast to work with. There was no drama with them. They brought their A game.”
Bay finally spoke about his involvement in the fourth “Transformers” entry.
“We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast. Mark is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign.”
As to why he did not stop at the third installment of the CGI-heavy robot trilogy, he says:
“I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.”
The Michael Bay-led “Pain and Gain” will be released April 2013, and it seems the fourth “Transformers” will open June 2014.