Hollywood honors Bay

Source:AFP Published: 2017/5/24 16:28:39

Michael Bay Photo: IC

Michael Bay sank his hands and feet into the forecourt of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday as he was honored for a money-spinning movie career that has netted almost $6 billion.

The 52-year-old Los Angeles native is known for directing some of history's biggest effects-laden blockbusters, from Bad Boys (1995), Armageddon (1998) and Pearl Harbor (2001) to the Transformers franchise.   

"It brings back your childhood because I remember as a kid I came here. And this is where I went to the movies with my parents, this was the place where I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, when I decided I want to become a director," he told AFP.

Bay, who now calls Miami home, worked as an intern for George Lucas' special effects company Industrial Light and Magic before kickstarting his directing career with commercials and music videos for Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and Meat Loaf.

His first feature film- Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence - marked the beginning of a string of collaborations between Bay and veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

"It's bizarre as a kid to think, this was always untouchable to me, you know," he said of being honored by Hollywood.

"You don't ever think that's possible, so it's kind of a bizarre thing having your hands printed here."

Known for high octane action, Bay's movies have made $5.8 billion.

Yet his commercial success has not protected him from the barbs of critics that accompany each new release, and he has in the past been accused of "pummeling audiences into submission" rather than entertaining them.

"They can say whatever they want. It's all about the fans. I think it's a real epic movie," Bay said at a preview of Age of Extinction in Miami.

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