'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Will Be 'Less Goofy' Says Michael Bay

The filmmaker is considering coming back to direct another sequel. Plus, learn more about the characters in this action-packed sequel.

Director Michael Bay reveals Transformers: Age of Extinction will be less goofy
Director Michael Bay reveals Transformers: Age of Extinction will be less goofy
Transformers: Age of Extinction director Michael Bay revealed several new details about his upcoming action sequel, admitting that 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon was too "goofy," and that they steered clear of that aspect in this movie.

"I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool. This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won't be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one]."

The filmmaker also revealed that, despite a brand new cast and characters, Transformers: Age of Extinction is not a reboot.

"It feels like a new chapter, this movie. But it's not a reboot. This movie lives in the history of the Transformers movies, and this one starts three years after the last. It feels fresh."

We also have new details on the story, which centers on Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager, an inventor who discovers a buried Transformer, which sets the stage for the Autobots and Decepticons' return. The Earth is said to be "scarred" after the events of the first three movies, with humanity picking up the pieces after the Transformers disappeared.

Nicola Peltz plays Cade's daughter Tessa, with Jack Reynor playing her secret boyfriend Shane Dyson, a race car driver. Stanley Tucci plays the geologist Stanley, with Sophia Myles portraying his assistant, Darcy. Kelsey Grammer portrays the villain, Harold Attinger, with Bingbing Li playing a character described as the CEO of the Chinese Transformers.

Michael Bay also talked about his favorite type of scene to shoot.

"I do big setups. I like to do 'runners', where [the cameras are] with the characters in the war. We're in the thick of it with Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci, and we've got all these things going off."

Mark Wahlberg also talked about working with the director.

"The human element really attracted me. I had a great time working with him on Pain & Gain, and he asked me to come back, so I said, 'Absolutely.' The idea of playing a dad to a teenage girl - those are issues I'll be having to deal with sooner rather than later, whether I like it or not."

The actor also talked about how working on Ted helped to prepare him for this action sequel.

"Having to identify with things that aren't there. The bear prepped me for that. And as embarrassing as doing things like the fight sequence with him were - just throwing myself around a room for 12 hours while the crew just sat eating sandwiches and watching - it taught me how to do this shit."

Michael Bay also spoke about his use of practical effects, and the work of visual effects specialist John Frazier.

"Yeah baby. It's kind of a dying art in Hollywood - nobody does anything for real. John is one of the grand masters of physical effects. He can't hear right because he's done so many explosions. We still hold the Guinness World Record for Pearl Harbor: John rigged 350 bombs in seven seconds. Nowadays I think you would fake a lot of it."

Actress Nicola Peltz also spoke about going to boot camp with Jack Reynor.

"Jack and I did boot camp, which involved boxing and sprinting. We had to get in shape."

When asked about the new vehicles in the sequel, Michael Bay revealed that auto makers began coming to him, once they heard about the movie.

"When car makers heard we were making this fourth one, they'd literally drive cars to my office. I've driven the Veyron - it's pretty cool. They all want to be Autobots, too - no one wants to be a Decepticon."

The director had previously said he wasn't coming back to the franchise after Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, it was the Transformers-themed ride at Universal Studios which lured him back.

"It was the Transformers ride. It was seeing this two-and-a-half hour line, with all these kids lined up. We started on this movie in August [2012], and while in the writing process I'm conceiving the action. We come up with shots like this and start figuring out the rigs to make it happen. It's a lot of fun.""

While his involvement hasn't been confirmed yet, the director also hinted that he may be back to direct yet another sequel.

"I'm feeling really good about this one. I love my cast. There's a huge scale to this, but also huge soul. Well, it's a director's world... It's a franchise world at the moment. You know, Peter Jackson is still in Middle-earth..."

Transformers: Age of Extinction was released June 27th, 2014 and stars Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Jack Reynor. The film is directed by Michael Bay.



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  1. undeadslayer4

    @Michael-Kolesik also sometimes being a little goofy can make a difference

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. undeadslayer4

    @Michael-Kolesik does that also mean killing off most of the main villains in the movie and iron hide

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Michael Kolesik

    @undeadslayer4 EVERYTHING Michael Bay does is goofy. Using transformers as an example, specifically Dark Side of The Moon, since when have you ever seen a guy act like that stupid, over-the-top, immature, goofy asian guy in the office? Case closed.

    1 year agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @Michael-Kolesik well good thing there making it different but i dont get how its goofy

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. Sean

    @ObiWanShinobi I think you're right.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. Michael Kolesik

    "Less goofy?" Yeah, sure. Uh huh. Right.
    Less goofy my ass. Trying to say Michael Bay doesn't make a goofy movie is like saying sparrows don't fly.

    1 year agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  7. Stefanos

    @Jainit-Kapadia Michael Bay is nothing against to Peter Jackson,but let him dream!! :P

    1 year agoby @stefanosFlag

  8. ObiWanShinobi

    This one's gonna be good, I can feel it.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  9. Ghostman

    Didn't he say that about the last two movies? And look how those turned out.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Jainit-Kapadia The quality is irrelevant.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Jainit Kapadia

    @bawnian-dexeus@mieko-siede theruy who made is a difference when we say Peter Jackson the guy who made LOTR and Micheal Bay who ruined Transformers and is generally gonna do the same to TMNT

    1 year agoby @Jainit-KapadiaFlag

  12. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus Oops, you beat me to it.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  13. Mieko_Siede

    @Jainit-Kapadia I don't really think he was comparing himself to Peter Jackson. He was more or less pointing out the fact that Peter Jackson had returned to do The Hobbit trilogy when no one else was up to the task. It was a franchise he began with the journey into Middle Earth and a successful one. Much like Jackson, Transformers is a franchise Bay began good or bad. I believe he's essentially saying, he's attached to the series much like Peter Jackson is attached to the world of Tolkien.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Jainit-Kapadia Bay is still is doing a Transformers movie and Jackson is still doing a Tolkien movie. What's the problem? It was a legitimate comparison.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Jainit Kapadia

    how dare he compare himself with Peter Jackson, tomorrow he will wake up and he will compare himself with Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight Trilogy

    1 year agoby @Jainit-KapadiaFlag

  16. K.Guy

    Awesome. We're going darker now!

    1 year agoby @kguyFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Believe it when I see it.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Stefanos

    I hope!!!

    1 year agoby @stefanosFlag

  19. Stefanos

    I hope!!!

    1 year agoby @stefanosFlag