Michael Bay Huffington Post Interview
It’s a little strange to listen to Michael Bay complain about how difficult it was to get his next feature film, “Pain & Gain,” financed and produced. Especially when you consider that Bay’s last three films — all installments in the “Transformers” franchise — have earned more than $2.7 billion worldwide. Oh, and that the budget for “Pain and Gain” — starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two Miami bodybuilders who become involved in a kidnapping plot that’s much too bizarre to sum up in a few words — is only $25 million. Again, remember, this is Michael Bay we’re talking about. No matter what you think of his movies, you can’t deny that they make heaps of money.
I won’t lie: Bay is making the rounds to promote not a movie but a corn-chip contest. For the last few years, Doritos has run a contest giving aspiring filmmakers the chance to direct the company’s Super Bowl ad. This year, as an added bonus, the winner will also get to “work with” Bay on “Transformers 4.” Bay admits that it’s unclear what kind of “work” this person will do, but he promises it won’t be too menial. Ahead, Bay explains why he wants to work on “Transformers 4″ after so adamantly declaring that “Dark of the Moon” would be his last chapter. He also confirms that the series will pick up where the last one left off in Chicago — with Peter Cullen back as the voice of Optimus Prime — and describes just how hard it is for even a multi-billion-dollar director to get a $25 million dollar movie off the ground these days.