Director: 'Transformers 2' was 'crap'
March 7th, 2011
11:43 AM ET

Director: 'Transformers 2' was 'crap'

Moviegoers weren't the only ones disappointed with the 2009 "Transformers" sequel. Even the director admits the movie was a dud.

“We made some mistakes,” Michael Bay tells Empire magazine of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." “The real fault with ['Transformers 2'] is that it ran into a mystical world. When I look back at it, that was crap."

Bay adds that the robot plot may have been a bit rusty because it was a rush job.

"The writers’ strike was coming hard and fast," he says. "It was just terrible to do a movie where you’ve got to have a story in three weeks.”

Bay has higher hopes for the third film in the series, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The sci-fi flick, which stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson, was shot in 3-D, and Bay expects it to be a blockbuster.

"I think our 3-D works really well with the robots, the size, the girth, the weight of it," he tells Empire of the movie, which arrives in theaters July 1. "It’s spectacular.”

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  1. Pliny

    Lisa baby!

    I've never spent a dime on a Michael Bey film.

    I'd rather burn the money than waste my time on his bloated explosion-fests.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thetruth1028

    Regardless of her acting skills.....This series will not be the same without Megan Fox

    March 10, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lisa

    Yeah you all call his movies crap but they've made a gazillion dollars and he's laughing all the way to the bank while you continue to contribute to his account. So give me a freakin break.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    Uhh you went to a movie about giant robots and were dissapointed? Maybe you're finally growing up? All three of them are or will be awful! They're movies about robots for gods sake!

    March 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. eMcgregor

    the island kicked a55.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pliny

    Would anyone care to name a Michael Bey film that isn't 'crap'?

    March 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LawrenceOfAlabama

    It's a movie based on kids toys (not made by PIXAR). What did you all expect? You guys pay 12-15 bucks to see action and explosions. It has both. You want substance too? I think the mistake was fully with the audience. I would never apologise for that. And as far as FOX stating how stupid it was... She followed it up with Jennifer's Body. Nuf Said!

    March 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Come on people you are going to a movie about alien robots. You are going to see said alien robots kick the crap out of each other. You expect some sort of Oscar drama here?

    The movies were entertianing. Quit going to the films expecting michael bay to come out with a life changing film. He makes action packed liniar movies.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • eman836

      good point. Thats all I wanted to see, robots kicking the crap out of each other... If I wanted to see something with character and plot development, I would have went elsewhere.Just for the record though...His movies Do suck.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nichole orozco

    I like the second one I am a little bummed they ditched Megan Fox but i have read some spoilers and it says the "dark side of the moon" is more about Sam then Transformers i am not sure if ill like that too much. but we shell see!

    March 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron Gross

    stop releasing crap movies on my birthday

    March 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. veggiedude

    So why did he put his name on the movie? Many directors have put a generic name on films they were not proud of...

    March 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zoltan, Ruler of the Universe

    Hollywood... not dedicated to the story or the art; the movie moguls all worship the Great Dollar. If you want good movies, don't go see crappy ones! let them fail!

    March 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Observer

    This entire series is retarded.

    March 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Superhiro

    Lol, I saw Transformers 2 for free and STILL felt ripped off.

    March 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shaun

    He did a terrible injustice to Devastator.

    March 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • FM

      What? That there were 2 Devastators (one for each movie)? Did Bay ever even read up on the Tranformers lore?

      March 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. PuckFeta

    The size, The girth, The weight?????

    March 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. todd

    Dreamworks and paramount, you could not be more wrong. I never bought it, most of my sci-fi friends never bought it.
    you should look in to the location of the most sales of this movie. here is where you will find your "Hypocrites". but nice try on thinking you know everything, and a very feeble attempt at sounding cool.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dreamworks and Paramount

    Yawn,it sucked,and you idiots still bought the blu ray,making it the number one selling movie that year. Hypocrites.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. prplkat

    have to agree with the previous posters, and the director- crap crap crap

    but quite honestly, i don't expect much from hollywood

    March 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ash

    Talk about lame publicity. Michael Bay is just doing this to get on the good side of audiences. He's the one that made the decisions on the 2nd film. And he says he's going to fix them, but he will definitely disappoint. Grow a brain, film-going audiences everywhere. The only decent movie he had was The Rock. His Transformers films are horrendous. They are 25% related to the actual Transformers Universe, and the remaining 75% is your typical Hollywood fluff. Put Transformers into the hands of someone who is much more capable. Transformers deserves a better writer and better director, and it could be far better than this monstrous pile of waste that Michael Bay calls his Transformers films.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Good thing for the rest of us he already said Transformers 3 is his last movie in the series. I hope someone else comes along and actually does something interesting with these characters. I really want to like these films, but they are just so bad. Lose Shia LaBeouf parents, John Turturro's character Agent Simmons and put some actually THOUGHT into a plot.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. liz

    That movie was pure crap. I loved the 1st and hated the sequel. Stupid, racist and no plot...I wont waste any more money on him in the future.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Jefe


      March 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdgfla

      Agreed. Anything he makes is pure and utter drivel and nonsense. I tried to watch Transformers 2 on HBO, I stopped when the ghetto-ebonics speaking robots appeared. That was more than enough. I get that our culture is becoming less educated and iliterate, but really? Really?

      The only pro to those movies was watching Megan Fox, who is the worst actress ever, but looks fantastic in slo motion. Now even she bailed on the soon-to-be travesty of part three. There is literally nothing on earth that could get me to watch a Michael Bay film. Never again.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  22. Greg

    If only George Lucas could admit the same with regard to the prequels.

    P.S. Michael Bay hasn't made anything that isn't crap. Transformers 2 was in inline with his prior craptacular features.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Chris

    Thank you, Mr. Bay. I always appreciate hollywood types who can admit when they're wrong. Transformers 2 was one of the worst movies I've seen in recent memory. It was nothing more than robot fight after robot fight after robot fight after robot fight...after robot fight.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Big Chief Whooping Crane

    HOW. As an indian i can assure you the next one wont be better. 3D will no help the white eyes movie. It still make heap big wampum.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. alan smithee

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Michael, but all your movies are crap.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Agree. It's been awhile since I've seen a good Bay film. oddly enough, I still watch them.( go figure ). I have to say his last "good" movie was The Rock.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • pie thrower

      Michael Bay has one good film and that is "The Island;" a truly underrated film. Everything else he has done is garbarge on the level of storytelling, screenwriting, special effects and most importantly direction. "Pearl Harbor" was a complete slap in the face to all who served and paid with their lives on December 7, 1941.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  26. MattK

    Guess only the Director can bash the movie, not any of the actors and still stay attached to any sequels. Whether you like her or not, Fox was not the only actor to bash Transformers. But guess Shia is the next golden child. He has bashed pretty much every movie he has been in but still keeps acting.. Interesting concept.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Yeller Wooo

    yeah. you told them. they better straighten up.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  28. parishater

    im exctied to see the third one...second one kinda suclked but i wont give up on them...and thank goodness fox is gone she was an idiot...there are alot of hot women in hollywood we can find one thats humbel

    March 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      I think everyone should get their money back from Transformers 2, now even Mr. Bay admits it was crap, thanks hollywood, you ripped us off AGAIN. the movie world would be a better place with out Hollywood. Let the time of the Indie films take over......

      March 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babiyaga

      Leave it to Michael Bay to think he knows anything about "the size, the girth, the weight" of anything other than his own 'pompous full of himself and his crappy movies' self. Michael Bay is all style, no substance. I can't find a single movie he's made with any gravity. His movies make millions because there are millions of dumb idiots who will spend the money on it. TRUST ME BAY, it wasnt just Transformers 2 of yours that sucked! Pick any movie from repertoire. Let's look at some examples:

      Transformers, Coyote Ugly, Pearl Harbor, Amrageddon, ANY of his 8 bagillion horror movies, and I Am Number 4. I keep hoping like "oh maybe this one will be good, hes just PRODUCING, or CO-something on it" but no. Its a fail every. freakin. time.

      He's the Uwe Boll of blockbusters.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      babylaga your an idiot shut up you dont know what your talking about your a no one

      March 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

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