Remember the Time When Michael Bay Almost Melted Sean Connery's Face Off?
You simply never know what kind of treasures await you inside the Movieline Vault. Case in point: This 2001 interview with Michael Bay, where the notorious director talks not only about the wonders of Pearl Harbor, but also that time when Sean Connery called him a "f***head."
In a larger discussion about the way Bay's personality was presented over the years -- as a hard-line director who didn't get along with actors; weird, right? -- the director revealed this little bon mot about the filming of The Rock.
Well, on the last day, [Sean Connery] did call me a f***head. He had to hold his breath for 30 seconds in the water while a fireball blew over his head. He and Nic[olas Cage] couldn't come up, or they'd get burned badly. It took me a half hour to convince Nic to go down. He'd say, "OK, so like, if I come up, you're telling me my hair and face will melt?" I'm like, "Yeah, you can't come up." Sean did not like the water. He said, "We should have f***ing rehearsed this, f***head." I said, "How are you going to rehearse with a fireball? How do you want me to do that on a stage?" He was just tired. He wanted to go home.
Don't we all, Mike. Thankfully, Connery and Cage survived, faces unmelted.
In the 2001 interview, Bay also hilariously defends his decision to cast Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor with the following: "I didn't want someone who was too beautiful. Women feel disturbed when they see someone's too pretty." Thus making Pearl Harbor the first time on record that Kate Beckinsale was hired because producers didn't want someone "too beautiful."
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