Here's the thing about talking to director Michael Bay. It's always fun. He always has something to say. He's a fired-up guy. And usually it's not something confectionary about how much he loves everyone.
How do I know? We spoke last night at the after-party for the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
How's your night so far?
I've never seen such a rude awards show. Could you believe that? I've never seen a show where everyone talks through the first seven awards. The worst awards show I've ever been to—oh, my God, the worst. It was like, thank God somebody finally said something.
Yikes. Happy subject. So...the next Transformers. Does Shia LaBeouf have creative input?
He has zero creative input.
Yeah, but he's like the man now—Mr. Indiana Jones—so he's totally gonna show up and be all, "I know what works!"
No, but I'm friends with Shia. I really love working with him.
So, where do you go with it? How do you up the stakes?
It's not about upping it. It's about still keeping the heart.
Any new characters coming in?
Oh, yeah…a lot of fun stuff. I keep telling the writers, remember the heart and the magic, remember the heart and the magic. It's not about being bigger.
Speaking of bigger, the DVD is doing great. Did you watch the American League Championship series? It's the smartest advertising for Transformers.
No, but we're number one. Go figure!