Cool move, Michael Bay.
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the dude who directs blockbusters and Victoria’s Secret ads is pretty much a huge Hollywood D-bag. But, Kate Beckinsale is a huge actress, so when Michael is calling her out for being “less than hot in a good way,” it makes me think the dude has a personality disorder. Apparently, when Kate worked on Pearl Harbor, Michael talked to the press about her having to work out and not being hot. Gross. Read on:
â€œI don’t think I fit the type of actress Michael Bay had met before,â€ Beckinsale recalls of the Transformers filmmaker in a new interview on The Graham Norton Show. â€œI think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde.â€
â€œI’d just had my daughter and had lost weight,â€ Beckinsale explains, â€œbut was told that if I got the part, I’d have to work out. And I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do that.â€
Even after Bay presumably spent hundreds of hours staring at the actress during filming and post-production, he still was not able to acknowledge the actress’s looks.
â€œWhen we were promoting the film, Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben [Affleck] and Josh [Hartnett], and he said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor’,â€œ Beckinsale said. â€œThen when he was asked about me, he’d say, â€˜Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.â€™â€
And, it checks out. In 2001, Bay sang both of his male starsâ€™ praises to Movieline:
Ben Affleck was perfect for the role because he â€œhas what some of the fighter pilots I’d met had. . .They were so determined to do their jobs. And if the plane was broken, they were going up anyway, risking their lives.â€ Of Hartnett, Bay predicted that he’s â€œgoing to be fucking huge. He was great [in the movie].â€
Movieline follows up by asking, â€œWhat made you choose Kate Beckinsale?â€ Dear readers, prepare for the cringe-fest.
â€œI didn’t want someone who was too beautiful. Women feel disturbed when they see someone’s too pretty,â€Â Bay, apparently a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, said. â€œI’m not saying Kate’s not pretty. . .[she] is very funny, could hang with the guys. She’s not so neurotic about everything, like some actresses.â€
(Via Vanity Fair)
UGH. He sounds like the head frat boy on frat row, which is kind of is. I’m glad Kate is so candid about this stuff- hopefully it’ll make one less person see one of his movies (maybe).