Name Your Price

Michael Bay, director of super commercial schlock movies such as Transformers and Armageddon and Pearl Harbor likes to degrade women and make shite movies. Megan Fox was asked to wash his Ferrari while he videotaped her for her Transformers ‘audition’. For his newest Transformers movie, he auditioned Victoria’s Secret model, Rosie Huntington Whitely. Here’s a quote from GQ on what that experience was like for her.

“I first met Michael back in 2009; it was on the set of the Christmas commercial for Victoria’s Secret. I remember the first thing Michael said to me— before he even introduced himself or asked me my name—was “Can you walk?” And I looked at him like, “What is this man talking about? Yeah, of course I can walk.” And then he proceeded to tell them to get me in the car, and then I was driven—I mean, honestly, I want to say it was about half a mile out in the desert. I kept thinking, “This is a joke, right?” And the car dumped me in the middle of the desert. All I was wearing was a bra and underwear and a big, billowing, black, floor-length cape and high heels. And he says, “OK, when we shout action, you’re going to walk!” and I assumed I would be doing this in several stages. They yelled action, and the car sped off back to set, and I just was like, “Well, what am I supposed to do?” So I walked all the way back to where the camera was standing, which took me—I would say a good 10, 12 minutes, and it was a proper runway stomp—on salt flats; it was like 100 degrees, felt like fire. I remember walking back and being not impressed by the whole thing. I was pretty pissed off afterwards; I just looked at Michael, and he goes, “I guess you can walk, then.”

Kate Beckinsale said he routinely made her feel ugly on the set of Pearl Harbor. “Not true,” he says , “I just asked her to work out more.” (Have your seen her? She is tiny.) An executive says Bay got so enraged at an extra on the set of Transformers that he made him stand in a corner.

It’s fascinating that the rules of engagement for a fair workplace and an appropriate interview process do not seem to apply to Hollywood. I have employed people before and the rules of what you can and can’t ask people are stringent. Asking a potential employee wash my car, I believe, was not on the list of passable questions.

What makes things worse are the girls, so desperate for fame, they will wash his car and walk in their underwear across salt flats, in searing heat and stupid shoes.

Hey, everybody has a price. Would you, could you sell out to be that famous?

When you look at someone with that level of fame, you have to ask yourself, what have they given up to get there. Their true love? Their friendships? Their dignity? There is an ambition that is unlike anything else for people who want to be famous. Not a steady resolve as I have seen in people becoming doctors or lawyers but a desperation and they will step over anyone who gets in their way.

It makes for good fiction though…*rubs hands together with glee*

Ah Hollywood. Good times.

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