7. His first non-music-video directorial effort was a Playboy Video Centerfold.

Often, successful filmmakers reflect upon their early, pre-big-studio days of independence, when they hustled throughout the film festival circuit to generate buzz for their $500,000 intimate dramas. Unsurprisingly, Bay has no such background; before he broke through with his 1995 directorial debut Bad Boys, the music video veteran (with popular clips for Aerosmith and Meat Loaf to his credit) made his first move toward longer-form features with a Playboy Video Centerfold for nudie model Kerri Kendall.

Bay receives a lot of guff for his unsubtle objectification of sexy ladies in his movies, from the gratuitous shots of Megan Fox’s cleavage in Transformers to the way he follows inches behind Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s ass, clad in teeny panties, in this weekend’s threequel. Well, come to find out that it’s not just a perverted trick used to lure sex-crazed boys into theaters—Bay’s first big look was all about smutty pleasures. Meaning, he’s only doing what comes natural.