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  • Backed by the Pentagon: He has a direct line to Film Correspondent at the Pentagon. "The military likes me because they look good in my movies." and "I am a world class ass-kisser."
  • Creator Backlash:
    • He admitted that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen deserved some of the hate it got. Consequently he put more work in trying to avoid what had been criticized in it in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
    • Subverted with Armageddon. In an interview with Miami Herald, he said "I will apologize for Armageddon", and explained how being forced to film the whole in 16 weeks caused the crew's performance to suffer, but later added on his website's forum that his words had been taken out of context and he actually was proud of the movie, despite the work he didn't get to finish.
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    • Reportedly he had many troubles producing Pearl Harbor owing to the Executive Meddling involved, and was not a fan of the love triangle arc for which it was harshly lambasted. He even threatened to leave the production more than once as creative differences between himself and the crew continued to mount.
  • Doing It for the Art: More of Doing It for the Fun: Michael Bay has stated his films are more to just be enjoyed instead of being analyzed. Whether or not this is a good choice or not, it's a YMMV.
    • Say what you will about how much Bay loves explosions and chase scenes, but he makes them look good; he's commented he does such stunts for real because it wouldn't look as good if he used CG or models, and for the same reason he doesn't like greenscreen work. In the first Transformers film, he accidentally launched a car into the third story of a building while filming Bumblebee's return to the battle in the tow truck, and he actually got a bus driving on the highway and blew it in two for the scene of Bonecrusher skating through it. When it came to making Transformers 3 a 3-D film, he refused to work with anyone besides the best. In other words, the same team from Avatar.
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    • He initially didn't want to do the Transformers film, because he didn't want to just make a two-hour toy commercial. It wasn't until Spielberg talked him into the A Boy And His Car angle and he familiarized himself with the franchise's history and mythology that he agreed to do the movie.
    • Pain and Gain was Bay's pet project that he'd been trying to get off the ground for years because he loved the story behind it.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Whenever possible he gets the actors to do the big shots in the middle of all the explosions. The Scorponok sand explosion; told them to not stop running no matter what. Sam holding onto a statue on the edge of a building, had Shia LaBeouf strapped in 30 stories up. He admits he antagonized Megan Fox during the scene where she hacks up Frenzy with a demolition saw, because she was so timid about it.
  • Fan Nickname:
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    • His Signature Style is called "Bayhem".
    • In a more (indirectly or intentionally) insulting manner from the detractors: Micheal/Michay/Micael (with the first one sounding line Mick-Heal) Bitch/Butt-head/Bullshit (and many more), though the name "Micheal" is a very common & intentional one.
  • Follow the Leader: Bay admitted that his quick-cutting style was to bring more energy to the relatively low budget Bad Boys, which couldn't afford the same scale of actions sequences his later movies would offer. He also said that since then action movies have become more like his style and sometimes include even more cuts than even he would do.
  • Never Live It Down: According to some sources, during the filming of The Island. Scarlett Johansson insisted on going topless but Michael Bay rejected this idea.
  • Old Shame: Michael Bay isn't too fond of Transformers 2. Bay has also stated that for Armageddon, claiming Executive Meddling was responsible for some of the flaws: he only had a limited timeframe to do the special effects and would have had a different third act (although he did insist that he was not apologizing for the movie, and that stories claiming so were misquoting him).
    • While he hasn't called the entire film such, Bay states that he would've rather done a straight up modernization of Tora! Tora! Tora! when directing Pearl Harbor, instead of the love triangle that is instead the major focus of the film.
  • Referenced by...: When Mary in Knights of Buena Vista mentions liking Bay's movies, Dick has a fan hater moment, and Mary shoots it down by stating that the ridiculousness of his movies is what she finds appealing.
  • Shoot the Money: Wherever his movies are filmed, he ensures that they look good. In the Transformers commentary he mentioned that the "Megatron on ice" set cost the production 1.5 million and he made the effort to film there as much as possible. He mentioned stories of other directors who come in on similarly expensive locations and drop half the scenes it was built for.
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