Transformers: Anthony Hopkins Calls Michael Bay a 'Genius' and 'Savant'

Posted 2017/04/10 2887 0

Transformers: The Last Knight star Anthony Hopkins says Michael Bay’s Transformers films are the work of “a genius”.


Anthony Hopkins is one of the most iconic actors of his generation, and he has some strong opinions about the brilliance of explosion king Michael Bay. While appearing at CinemaCon over a week ago, Anthony Hopkins talked with Yahoo Movies about the first time he met Michael Bay to discuss the prospect of taking a role in Transformers: The Last Knight. Here’s the excerpt where the actor sings Michael Bay’s praises in a surprising way:

“He was telling me about the work he did on [the Transformers bots] – how he would refine them and go into the special effects guys and design them and get all the details of light on metal and all that. He told me all that at breakfast before I started on the film. I thought ‘This guy’s a genius. He really is.’ He’s the same ilk as Oliver Stone and Spielberg and Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He’s a savant.”

Those are pretty bold claims for any actor to make, but if anybody knows directors it’s Hopkins. Not only did he work with but Spielberg on Amistad, he teamed Stone on Nixon and Alexander (Stone was taught by Scorsese at NYU, so that qualifies Hopkins’ third comparison); he also teamed with Kenneth Branagh on Thor, Darren Aronofsky on Noah and of course, Jonathan Demme on The Silence of the Lambs. In short, Hopkins has done enough work with top-notch directors to make any claim he wants.

Michael Bay is an efficient and detail-oriented filmmaker. The sets of Michael Bay’s movies are full of crew members who are brave enough to attempt to keep up with his fast-paced sets. Bay is a director who knows exactly what he wants, and he expects his crew to give it to him to flawlessly. That’s why you hear stories of Bay getting so worked up on the set of his movies.

Bay recently revealed that the Transformers writer's room has up to 14 films planned, including sequels and spin-offs.

Transformers: The Last Knight will be released 23 June.

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