Michael Bay wanted to blow up Stonehenge for Transformers: The Last Knight

Ben Bussey
·UK Movies Writer
A typically low-key Michael Bay on the set of 'Transformers: The Last Knight' (credit: Paramount)
A typically low-key Michael Bay on the set of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ (credit: Paramount)

It seems that ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ really will be Michael Bay’s last time in the director’s chair on the toy-based sci-fi action franchise – so, as the old saying goes, he’s going to go with a bang. Or rather, being Michael Bay, a whole lot of bangs.

It has been claimed that the 52-year old American director, long noted for his appetite for destruction, really wanted to leave his mark on his fifth and final ‘Transformers,’ as allegedly he wanted to blow up Stonehenge. For real.

This claim comes from actress Laura Haddock, who tells Entertainment Weekly that during production on the largely UK-based sequel, Bay “took a whole crew and cast and unit to Stonehenge and then by the time he had made it down the road, built another Stonehenge just so he could blow it up.”

Asked whether he’d wanted to blow up the real Stonehenge, the 31-year old English actress replied, “Oh, that question was most definitely asked.”

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Okay, okay, so Haddock was most likely making this remark in jest; but honestly, would anyone put it past Michael Bay…?

Of the director’s approach to shooting action, Haddock enthuses, “Michael’s sets are practical, so you would think that maybe 90 percent of this film is done on green screen, and it’s really not. He loves an explosion. He absolutely loves them, so if he can use them safely, he will.

“Often you’re running through what feels like a genuine … battlefield. Something that kind of builds your adrenaline. You’re absolutely [experiencing] what it feels like to have an explosion go off just behind you. And you’re just running, running for your life.

Actress Laura Haddock (credit: WENN)
Actress Laura Haddock (credit: WENN)

“Some days, you go home and you’re just covered in, you know, bruises and cuts, and you just think, ‘That was one of the best days I’ve ever had.’”

Still, Haddock survived, and so did one of Britain’s most treasured monuments, so we needn’t fret.

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ opens in UK cinemas from 23 June.

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