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Michael Bay Decides To Let A Reality Show Choose His Chinese Actors For 'Transformers 4'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 18, 2013 12:35 PM
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Oh, Michael Bay, sometimes he makes it too easy. Whether's it's Megan Fox as April O'Neil in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot he's producing, or whatever the heck this trailer is for "Black Sails" which also bears his name, sometimes he really embraces some truly puzzling decisions all in the name of a commercial buck. And so, let's move on to "Transformers 4."

Just like every tentpole it seems these days, word arrived last fall that Bay and the team behind "Transformers 4" were looking to shoot in China to help with the international box office, and basically help in securing a decent release date in the country. And now they are courting local folks even more by deciding to choose Chinese actors via a reality show. Amazing. The literally titled "Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search" program will place former Academy head Sid Ganis and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura on a panel to pick winners -- two professional actors and two total amateurs -- from the show that will start airing in June. The chosen will join other Chinese actors, presumably selected via more traditional channels. Producers of the movie promise that "Chinese culture, Chinese traditions and Chinese talent" will feature in the movie, and you might be wondering why everyone is twisting into pretzels to make a good impression.

Here's the reason: $165 million dollars. That's how much "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" earned in the country, making it the fourth highest grossing movie in China of all time. So hooray, Michael Bay has gone from casting Victoria Secret models to anybody who is willing to go on a reality show. Maybe it could be you! We'll see the results of this unholy experiment on June 27, 2014. [THR]

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  • Dave | April 18, 2013 2:32 PMReply

    "sometimes he makes it too easy"

    Nahhhhh, Kevin. It's *always* easy for you to sit in front of your computer and write crappy, childish articles about filmmakers/films you claim to NOT like, but inside you absolutely LOVE. And yes, you clearly love Bay. And no, this is not sarcasm. Pretty much every time there's a Bay article here your name pops up. I wonder why?

    And next time before you write something check your facts and don't put out things that are simply NOT true. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about and yet again you try to make Bay the main bad guy. Can you be more predictable? Don't answer that, it's rhetorical.

    This reality show is not Bay's idea, my friend. It's all coming from the Chinese side. The producers want to shoot in China and for that they follow what China says when it comes to local talent. That show is HUGE in China and they take advantage of that. Try to learn more about these TF4 stories before you decide to bash Bay again for no reason.

    Oh and btw, people already call Bay's Pain and Gain one of the best movies of the year. That's right, "one of the best". I bet you're shocked, huh?

    Or maybe you're not. Hey, after all you ARE a Bay fan. But in your small circle of artsy, pretentious film pals you can't really admit that. Sad. Truly sad.

    Now it's time for the usual random film nerds to come here and start defending you and of course say that I'm actually Michael Bay. Just watch, it'll be hilarious. They're like little ants.

  • bam | April 19, 2013 4:05 AM

    all i'll say about michael bay is this. im cool with him making original ideas. they are his ideas and i like his movies when im in the mood for them. But here's the expected "but" i dont like when he buys up franchises that have a deep and well thought out history and proceeds to destroy what it is. If the avengers showed anything its that you can appeal to both commercial as well as the die hard fans in one movie. michael bay only strives to please the casual fans. If thats the case then just make original movies he does fine with. But like with the ninja turtles and transformers. (granted im not a transformers fan the original or the movies) he buys them up just to say they are not good enough.

  • Lou | April 18, 2013 3:19 PM

    Dave, who the fuck is saying that about "Pain & Gain"?

  • d | April 18, 2013 1:04 PMReply

    A true artist.

  • Dave | April 18, 2013 3:51 PM

    Lou, go to YouTube, write "Pain & Gain Movie Spot: Pie" (it's a brand new review-themed TV spot for the movie) and you'll see who DA FUCK is saying that about "Pain & Gain".

    The system here doesn't allow me to post the direct link, so you have to go to YT by yourself.

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