"Michael Bay Presents: Explosions!!!"Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American movie director. He's known for an incredibly energetic direction style that some claim is impossible to follow, while a lot of other filmgoers don't seem to mind.Bay got interested in action films when he set firecrackers on a train set, filmed it with his mom's camera, and got grounded. As a teenager he was a clerk for Lucasfilm in the early '80s, and worked on Raiders of the Lost Ark. He thought it would suck, but ate his words when he saw the final product. That got him interested in directing.He started out directing commercials and music videos (most notably the very first "Got Milk?" ad, and "I Would Do Anything For Love" by Meatloaf), then Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer hired him to direct Bad Boys. The film was a modest hit and kicked off Bay's film career. When The Rock (one of his more well-liked movies) came out it solidified him as someone capable of making energetic, entertaining and profitable action films.Around the time Armageddon rolled around he gained a very vocal hatedom, it seems for mostly the same reasons. The fact that every film has been a substantial hit (although The Island earned somewhat better reviews significantly less than expected) seems to have made the hatedom angrier. If you look over his interviews, especially for Transformers, you'll see that he is more than aware of it, and even makes fun of the fact.He's well known for being a tough General on set, because he shoots and moves at a very fast pace. The movies he makes also probably would have cost 30% more and taken another year to film in the hands of another director (which, when you consider the amount of stuff that's demolished, smashed and blown up in his movies, is a damn impressive thing). Despite a belief that everyone in Hollywood hates him, his ability to work within a budget and demanding a strong work ethic from his crew and actors has earned him a great deal of supporters just for turning film-making into an actual work experience. He is ranked up among the most elite directors in Hollywood today, with strong relationships with friends James Cameron and Steven Spielberg.But his aggressive directing style and occasional jerkass behavior has earned him some enemies. People like Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox (who compared him to Hitler and Napoleon in an interview) and Kate Beckinsale (who claimed that Bay made her feel "ugly" on the set) have spoken out against Bay and refuse to work with him again.In 2008, possibly to hype Postal, Uwe Boll called out Bay (among others) for his supposed lack of talent (at least from Boll's point-of-view) while insisting he's "the only real genius in the whole fucking business." Bay's response qualifies as his own personal Crowning Moment Of Awesome.While he may be hated by film critics (and plenty of audiences) everywhere, you should always remember one thing: You mess with Michael Bay and you mess with America!His films to date:
— A prediction of Bay's next movie. Four years old, and it's got a good record.
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