What inspired Michael Bay to suggest to a reporter in 2009 that he might make a "smaller movie" after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was done, instead of simply moving on to the next robot-monster sequel? Alcohol! The 3-D-saving auteur explained himself to Empire: "I was one or two martinis in, talking about my 'small' film, when the president of Paramount said, 'Yeah, that's what we're here to talk about. I'm going to get fucking fired if I don't have a big franchise.' It was right when the economy was in the dump. When you do these movies you instantly give 2,000 jobs. So I was like, 'Okay — as long as I can figure out how to get creatively excited about this.'" And he did, by casting a hot Victoria's Secret model and putting cars on the moon. If only it were that easy for all of us. [Playlist/Indiewire]
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