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:
“I don’t think I fit the type of actress Michael Bay had met before,” Beckinsale recalls of the Transformers filmmaker in a new interview on The Graham Norton Show. “I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde.”
“I’d just had my daughter and had lost weight,” Beckinsale explains, “but 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.”
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.
“When 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’,“ Beckinsale said. “Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.’”
And, it checks out. In 2001, Bay sang both of his male stars’ praises to Movieline:
Ben Affleck was perfect for the role because he “has 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.” Of Hartnett, Bay predicted that he’s “going to be fucking huge. He was great [in the movie].”
Movieline follows up by asking, “What made you choose Kate Beckinsale?” Dear readers, prepare for the cringe-fest.
“I didn’t want someone who was too beautiful. Women feel disturbed when they see someone’s too pretty,” Bay, apparently a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, said. “I’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.”
(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).