Michael Bay says ‘Pearl Harbor’ explosion was bigger than ‘ghost’

Size matters when it comes to blowing up furniture.

It’s hard to believe that the action director Michael Bay doesn’t hold the title for biggest explosion on screen.

Bay, the controversial artist behind “Armageddon” and “Transformers”, says Empire Magazine that it’s “bullshit” that “The spectre“Holds the Guinness World Record for the largest film explosion.

Bay said: “James Bond was trying to do the ‘biggest explosion in the world’. “Nonsense. Ours is. ”

Bay explains that there is a “special sauce” for filming the explosions. “It’s like a recipe. I see some directors do it, and they either look cheesy, or it just wouldn’t make a splash,” Bay said. “There are certain ways with explosions where you are mixing different things and different types of explosions to make it look more real.”

In short, “it’s like making a Caesar salad,” according to Bay.

And “Pearl Harbor“Has all the perfect ingredients:”[Co-producer] Jerry Bruckheimer showed Ridley Scott the movie and quoted it [from Scott] Bay recalls. “Nobody knows how hard that is. We had a lot of great stuff there. Real boats, 20 real planes. We had 350 events going on. Three straight months in seven boats, stopping on the highway three miles away.”

Bay’s 2001 film “Pearl Harbor” includes a 40-minute scene in which a Japanese bomb ignites. The film stars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight and Alec Baldwin.

Bay told before Whalebone Magazine that the amount of explosives used was life-threatening.

“There are explosives everywhere. Bay said. “We also had 17 planes in the air and you’re dealing with big Hawaiian clouds. So you have to deal with the sun, you have to wait for the right moment when you’ll have enough sunshine because the puffy clouds are moving through… There’s something on the water that if a boat crosses the red line, you can kill the people on the boat because it is very dangerous because there is KinePak – an explosive in the water – everywhere. It could blow up the boat, kill those guys.”

Bay added, “That’s 12 cameras. We had aerials above. We’ve got helicopters. I thought it might have been about 30 seconds of the movie, but those are giant explosions that abound. The plumes fly hundreds and hundreds of feet in the air. There was a spark that erupted on a small nearby island and set fire to the forest, and we had to go in to put it out. But it’s a big job, this boom. ”

“Pearl Harbor” has earned nearly $450 million worldwide and made history as the first Razzie-nominated Worst Picture film to win an Academy Award (“Pearl.” Pearl Harbor” took home the award for Best Sound Editing at the Oscars).

Bay still doesn’t use green screens in his movies, more than 20 years after “Pearl Harbor”.

“Young people coming up, they don’t do it really or they don’t know how to do it really. It’s a lost art and it’s a dying art – doing real, big stunts and nowadays they just use digital effects. And I think that hurts a lot of things,” Bay said. “I think it takes a lot of soul, that’s it. It takes the soul out of it. It’s a bit computerized. “

And, as Bay explains, audiences know the difference. “They understand when it looks broken. They can’t articulate it but they know, oh it looks fake,” Bay concluded. “It looks fake because you know what things look like when you walk around and you see the way the light hits things and the kind of setting just makes it more plastic and just has no soul. its.”

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