Even Michael Bay knows that Transformers is really about big robots fighting and blowing stuff up. There’s other stuff in it, but he’s not trying to get all artistic about it. Only when pressed did he suggest that there is material in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen for folks who might not be so into the Autobots and Decepticons.
Michael Bay Talks Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
“Well, I think what was interesting about the first one, it’s got relationships with the parents and the kids,” Bay said. “Kevin [Dunn] is actually playing my father. That's very much how my parents were when I was growing up. What was making the movie accessible to everybody was the humor in it. I think that's how you make it accessible to everyone. It's not just a fanboy movie.”
When it was suggested that women in particular need something more than just robots, Bay jumped to the ladies’ defense. “Most women hone in on the humor. There are a lot of young women that say, ‘I just want to see robots kicking ass.’ I've heard that before.
There are sexy shots of Megan Fox for the boys, but Bay was careful not to exploit his leading lady. “If you look at the movie we got that first shot out of the way just to get it out for the young boys and move on. Okay? All right? The rest of the movie with her is not about sexy.”
Bay continues to portray the military in a heroic light too. Even when his actors suggested they were unsafe in aircraft, Bay explained military safety. “It's not unsafe, it’s just when they brief you, like a flight attendant would say, ‘Okay, these are the doors. Exits on your right…’ Whatever. They go, ‘Okay, if we have a water landing and I'm dead someone needs to pull this chord right here.’ It's one of those briefings. It's just down to the point. ‘And if you inflate your vest you will die.’”
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen opens to theaters on June 24th.