It’s always funny when two big-time Hollywood names start going at it in public like little kids at recess. Remember how much joy we got out of that brief (but oh so awesome) feud between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood? Well they ain’t got nothing on this latest war of words. Whereas Lee and Eastwood were bickering over race relations in America or some such, it took Michael Bay and McG to bring the really big issue facing America today to the forefront. Namely, who has the bigger friggin robot in his movie: Bay with “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, or McG with “Terminator Salvation”? Now that’s a feud, baby!
So, let’s back track. It started when Michael Bay posted this on his forum, talking about the upcoming slate of Summer movies, and then pointing out a very particular one with very particular robots in it:
Okay it’s time to turn up the heat on Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen. We’ve waited low in the weeds letting all the summer movies get their stuff out. We’ve seen the great year end movies, and watched the upcoming clips of the upcoming summer fare. We’ve seen certain movies coming out even try to duplicate Transformer size robots in their ads. Please, come on.
Well, I promise you we will rock your world with Transformers 2. The fans wanted ROBOTS KICKING ASS – well we got it. Today we are releasing the teaser poster and soon the onslaught will continue with a steady drum beat until June 26th.
I’ll keep you informed.
He was referring to, obviously, McG’s “Terminator Salvation”, the recent trailer of which showed everything from motorcycle Terminators (yes, Terminators that can “transform” into motorcycles and back again), and a giant, skyscraper-sized Terminator crushing everything in its path.
In response to The Bay’s shot across the bow, McG told Comcast this (yes, I didn’t know Comcast has their own Entertainment reporting section, either; go figure):
“It bothers me to tell you the truth. Ultimately, our large robots have nothing to do with the “Transformers” robots,” MCG replied. “I say with respect, giant robots have been the theme of film for a real long time . So we want to do everything we can to create separation,” he continued. “Our film’s about T-800s and the Marcus character and the Connor character, and this, that, and the other. So, to have people have a problem with that wouldn’t be working for us so we want to make sure there’s separation.”
Okay, so it doesn’t sound like the two actionmeisters will be strapping on the gloves and stepping into the ring anytime soon, but hey, I bet if we make a really big deal about this, and get it all over the press, we could keep it going for a while. What do you say, fellow movie bloggers? Let’s beat this to death and try to get it moved up a notch into full-blown feud, shall we? We can do it! I have faith in us!
Anyways. For Round Two, McBay and McG will compare the number of explosions in each men’s movies. I got money on McBay!
Below: McBay’s giant robot (right) next to McG’s giant robot (left).