HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Tuesday, May 23, director and producer Michael Bay, known for films like “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” and the “Transformers” franchise, left imprints of his hands and feet in the cement of the TCL Chinese Theatre’s forecourt in Hollywood, following the honored tradition of more than 300 actors, directors, and producers before him.
Onlookers cheered and applauded during the ceremony outside the Chinese Theatre, as Bay pressed his hands and feet into the cement. His dog, an English Mastiff named Rebel, also had its paw imprinted. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel were present at the ceremony.
Bay, 52, is best known for his box-office hits utilizing special effects, fast action scenes, and rapid editing. He worked as an intern for filmmaker George Lucas at 15 years old, where he filed storyboards for “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He reportedly thought the movie would be terrible, but was so impressed when he watched the final product at the Chinese Theatre that he decided to become a film director.
In 1986, Bay graduated from Wesleyan University, where he was a student of film historian Jeanine Basinger. After attending graduate school at the Art Center of College and Design, he began directing commercials for Coca-Cola, Red Cross, and “Got Milk?,” and music videos for artists such as Aerosmith, Lionel Richie, and Meat Loaf.
Bay’s work gained the attention of producers Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson, which led to Bay’s first feature-length film, “Bad Boys,” in 1995, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Bay collaborated with Bruckheimer and Simpson once more on the 1996 film “The Rock,” and again with Bruckheimer on the 1998 hit film “Armageddon,” which became the highest-grossing movie of the year.
Bay has directed other notable films such as “Pearl Harbor” (2001), “Bad Boys II” (2003), “The Island” (2005), “Pain & Gain” (2013), and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (2016). In 2007, he worked with director and producer Steven Spielberg to produce the science fiction action film “Transformers” with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, which grossed over $709 million worldwide. Bay has since directed four “Transformers” sequels, with the latest film, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci, scheduled to be released on June 21. The series has grossed over $3.7 billion.
Bay is also a co-owner of the production company Platinum Dunes, which specializes in remakes of horror films, including “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003), “Friday the 13th” (2009), and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (2010).