In science fiction literature, there are few writers as legendary as Philip K. Dick. In his lifetime, he produced over a hundred short stories and thirty novels. Numerous writers and directors have looked to his visions of the future to shape the stories they've wanted to put on the big screen. Many of Dick's novellas and shorts have been adapted to film with varying degrees of success. Here's a few films that are based on stories from the sci-fi master Philip K. Dick.
Love him or hate him, Michael Bay will continue to make more movies after the worldwide success of Transformers: Age of Extinction. While we’re hoping that Michael Bay will become the premiere American action director, here are a few fun facts about the man behind so many high grossing action movies like The Rock and Bad Boys II.
- He made a cameo appearance in Mystery Men. Surprisingly, Michael Bay made a cameo appearance as the leader of the gang the Frat Boys. Bay is good friends with Mystery Men’s director Kinka Usher, who was also a commercial director, just like Michael Bay.
- #532. Michael Bay destroyed 532 cars while shooting Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
- Got Milk. The iconic Aaron Burr “Got Milk” commercial was directed by, none other than, Michael Bay. This commercial launched his career in commercials and music videos.
- Music Videos. Before Michael Bay started to direct feature film, he directed a few notable music video in the 90s, such as Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” and “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” for Meatloaf.
- Lucasfilm. He got his start in the filmmaking industry as an intern for Lucasfilm when he was 15 years old. Michael Bay worked on the production of Raiders of the Lost Ark as an intern for Mr. George Lucas.
- Mason the Dog. Michael Bay’s dog is a Mastiff named “Mason.” He appeared in Bad Boys II and Transformers. He was named after Sean Connery’s character in The Rock, John Patrick Mason.
- He turned down Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Michael Bay turned down T3 to make Bad Boys II instead. It would’ve been fitting for Michael Bay to take over the Terminator film franchise from James Cameron. Michael Bay also turned down Red Dragon, Man on Fire, and Van Helsing (he decided to make The Island instead).
- The Criterion Collection. Believe it or not, Michael Bay has two films in the prestigious Criterion Collection – The Rock and Armageddon. According to the Criterion Collection, the video distributors choose films in “a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world.” Does that include The Rock and Armageddon? You be the judge!
- He’s related to Leonard Nimoy. Michael Bay is a distant relative of Leonard Nimoy, who married Bay’s cousin Susan Bay in 1998. Bonus: Leonard Nimoy was in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He played Sentinel Prime. Also he voice Galavtron in Transformers: The Movie animated film in 1986.
- He made a cameo appearance in Armageddon. He was in an uncredited role as a NASA Scientist.