4. He’s not afraid to admit his mistakes.
No stranger to critical hatred, Bay endured the worst reviews of his 16-year career back in 2009, when the sequel Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen received a vicious drubbing on its way to more than $400 million earned domestically; clearly, Bay and company had little reason to give two shits about bad reviews in light of such a box office slaughter. But, being the standup guy that he is, Bay didn’t skirt around Revenge Of The Fallen’s inferiority; in fact, he slammed it himself.
Speaking to Empire earlier this year, the Transformers shotcaller fessed up about the film’s quality, saying, “We made some mistakes… The real fault with [Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen] was that we ran into a mystical world. When I look back at it, it was crap.” Continuing on about the script, he admitted, “I was prepping a movie for 14 months where I only had 14 pages of some idea of what the movie was… It’s a BS way to make a movie.”
It’s rare for filmmakers to bash their own movies, so you’ve got to admire the man’s candor. Though, it’s easy to diss your own work after it has made $400 mil. And Bay still hasn’t apologized for the blatantly racist Transformers 'bots Mudflap and Skids, who shucked and jived like a modern-day, Hasbro version of Amos ‘n’ Andy. Oh, well—at least he had the balls to call his own flick “crap.” We’re still waiting for similar quips from Paul W.S. Anderson, Brett Ratner, Uwe Boll, Roland Emmerich, Wes Craven…. You get the point.