In a recent interview on the Graham Norton show, Kate Beckinsale discussed director Michael Bay’s comments about her body during the promotion of the 2001 film “Pearl Harbor.” She said that Bay “was baffled” by her because her “boobs weren’t bigger than [her] head and [she] wasn’t blonde.” Additionally, she talked about how during the press tour, her male co-stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett would be complimented on their acting, while Bay would only discuss Beckinsale’s appearance, especially since she just had a child, saying he “didn’t want someone too beautiful.”
Well, Michael Bay has responded and sort of apologizes for his comments. He said that it’s “totally untrue” that he doesn’t believe Beckinsale is a “stunning beauty,” and that she’s also a “fantastic actress, very funny, witty lady, sassy, speaks her mind,” and he “truly respects her.” Bay blames the media for making the story into a scandalous confrontation, but when he “spoke to Kate today” she “felt she told a funny story.” He finally addresses the comments about her appearance and says, “So I guess I was the ‘bad guy’ 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl – and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie. Note to reporters: 95% of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!”
Read Bay’s full comments below. His latest film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” was released this past January to mixed reviews.
“Really? This poster has hung proudly over my desk for 15 years. Yesterday I read in the press that I don’t think Kate Beckinsale is ‘a stunning beauty,’ huh? And they went on to suggest that Kate and I don’t like each other? Well, totally untrue. Kate and I are friendly. She is a fantastic actress, very funny, witty lady, sassy, speaks her mind, and I truly respect her. That’s why she has come to so many of my Christmas parties and Birthday parties. This so called ‘problem of us not liking each other’ was reported by a tabloid-esque reporter after Kate appeared on an edgy English talk show, speaking about our meeting 16 years ago while casting Pearl Harbor. The reporter made her story into some scandalous confrontation, when it was nothing of the sort. Spoke to Kate today and she felt she told a funny story. So I guess I was the ‘bad guy’ 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl – and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie. Note to reporters: 95% of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!”