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Michael Bay's Tardiness Started A Betting Pool Between Transformers' Cast And Crew

Michael Bay's Tardiness Started A Betting Pool Between Transformers' Cast And Crew

In the Behind the Movies featurette, star Shia LaBeouf said that they “were taking overs and unders on whether [Michael Bay would] show up on time, because it was about two hours you were waiting around, you know, so we started betting on it, and it became like our fantasy football whether he’d show up on time.” 

While that might sound unprofessional, it’s often hard to know what jobs a director is getting done outside of just directing actors. Still, it appears that the cast and crew had fun with it. Chris Castaldi, who was the second assistant director, explained from the set: 

“This is an official gambling pool; over the course of this week, we’ve had around an 8:30 crew call, and Michael has arrived on average at 9:25. So the Vegas odds put the over-under at 9:25. Now, he is driving himself today, okay, that doesn’t happen, so maybe he gets lost, not sure. Anyways, so that’s the over-under; we have about 20 people bet, including Shia, who bet 10:30, that’s two hours behind. Megan Fox, 10:10, that’s quite behind. And I gave him the benefit of the doubt and said he’s gonna be right on time at 8:30, clearly wrong. Anyway, winner takes all, official Blackberry time goes, and we have some entrance music for him when he arrives, Hail to the Chief.”

As you can see from the pic, there was actually a board for it. According to LaBeouf, “Mike didn’t like that at all.” Whatever you think of Bay’s lateness, it’s worked for him, as you can see from the fact that the franchise is still going strong, even though he’s not directing them these days. 

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is currently in theaters. 

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