Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 11:57PM CDT

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Coinciding with the release of Transformers: Lost Age in Japan this week, the Japan Times has posted a fairly lengthy article with interviews with the main cast and crew. Featuring comments by director Michael Bay, leading cast members Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, and Nicola Peltz, the article, posted here, looks at various aspects of the movie, its production and different people's take on it - check out some sections below!

His latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” promises more of the action and explosions Bay is known for, but the director reportedly almost didn’t take the job this time around. He’s not saying why, but he admits he was “prevailed upon. Expertly.” Coming back on board for a fourth time, he decided to make a few changes to the franchise. In particular, he didn’t want the robots to look too much like toys.

“I understand the need to draw an audience of kids and the global considerations, but I wanted to be involved with something that had a longer-lasting, even cerebral appeal. And I don’t want to be tied — artistically or in people’s minds — to ‘Transformers’ after ‘Transformers,’ ” he says, perhaps alluding to the series’ planned fifth installment.

While the Japanese roots of “Transformers” may be apparent in the design of the robotic heroes and villains of the film, the “global considerations” Bay refers to come mainly from the newly important Chinese market.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” was partly financed by Chinese backers, has Chinese product placement and co-stars Li Bingbing as the owner of a factory manufacturing Transformers for a U.S. outfit named KSI. Bay says that cooperation between China and the United States for future filmmaking ventures will be important. The tendency of Hollywood to cast the citizens of foreign nations in villainous roles might be coming to an end if that’s the case, I suggest, to which Bay replies, “I don’t think the Chinese see themselves as villains. They do want to be admired.”

[...]

Grammer, who played the titular role in the popular U.S. sitcom “Frasier” (1993-2004) takes on the role of Harold Attinger, the paranoid head of an elite CIA unit.

“His name’s Harold — isn’t that a perfect, anal-retentive, paranoiac name?” Grammer says with a grin. “Then you have Cade, pretty much an average Joe, and his daughter Tessa (Peltz) — these wonderful names! Stanley Tucci is this arrogant technocrat (head of KSI) who wants to make and control his own Transformers, and his name is Joshua Joyce. It’s a bit comic-bookey, but it really works on screen.”

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has succeeded in drawing in a large audience despite replacing its cast, and Grammar believes this is because the film brings back the real draw — familiar robotic characters.
Credit(s): The Japan Times
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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597590)
Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on August 8th, 2014 @ 3:30am CDT
Va'al wrote:...The tendency of Hollywood to cast the citizens of foreign nations in villainous roles might be coming to an end if that’s the case, I suggest, to which Bay replies, “I don’t think the Chinese see themselves as villains. They do want to be admired."


Frankly, I don't think ANY particular race sees themselves as villains.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597612)
Posted by chivesbot20 on August 8th, 2014 @ 7:08am CDT
I thought Stinger was cool, but I felt no emphasis on the character throughout the movie. I felt he was a higher advanced drone. But the way he dies is pretty awesome. And I hope they have a deleted scene of the autobots going after stinger because They disappear through that whole scene
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597712)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on August 8th, 2014 @ 11:11am CDT
chivesbot20 wrote:I thought Stinger was cool, but I felt no emphasis on the character throughout the movie. I felt he was a higher advanced drone. But the way he dies is pretty awesome. And I hope they have a deleted scene of the autobots going after stinger because They disappear through that whole scene

I bet that there is a whole bunch of deleted scenes in this movie. If you go to YouTube and watch a bunch of TF4 filming videos there is a whole bunch of things that weren't seen in the movie. Some examples, the large explosions at a Chinese pagoda in Detroit, Cade running towards the camera with his gun-blade in Hong Kong, Stinger tailing the Autobots in Hong Kong, the sports cars driving around in Hong Kong, the argument with an Asian guy and two cops, Shane almost hitting a couple of people in the Texas street chase, Shane's car being blocked by Attinger's men, the Autobots rolling in Hong Kong in an alley, and so much more.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597713)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 8th, 2014 @ 11:16am CDT
I'm not really expecting any deleted scenes to make it to the DVD/Blu-Ray versions since, well, the last three films' DVDs/Blu-Rays were devoid of deleted scenes.

No, ROTF's IMAX version doesn't count since those were put into the feature presentation, just as they were when that film aired on IMAX. So those scenes weren't completely "deleted".
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597724)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 8th, 2014 @ 11:55am CDT
That's true, if anything we'll probably get the usual stuff. A behind the scenes doc, a look at designing the new bots, a doc about the significance of filming in China, and maybe, just maybe a music vid.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597774)
Posted by Sub-Prime on August 8th, 2014 @ 3:12pm CDT
OptimalOptimus2 wrote:
chivesbot20 wrote:I thought Stinger was cool, but I felt no emphasis on the character throughout the movie. I felt he was a higher advanced drone. But the way he dies is pretty awesome. And I hope they have a deleted scene of the autobots going after stinger because They disappear through that whole scene

I bet that there is a whole bunch of deleted scenes in this movie. If you go to YouTube and watch a bunch of TF4 filming videos there is a whole bunch of things that weren't seen in the movie. Some examples, the large explosions at a Chinese pagoda in Detroit, Cade running towards the camera with his gun-blade in Hong Kong, Stinger tailing the Autobots in Hong Kong, the sports cars driving around in Hong Kong, the argument with an Asian guy and two cops, Shane almost hitting a couple of people in the Texas street chase, Shane's car being blocked by Attinger's men, the Autobots rolling in Hong Kong in an alley, and so much more.


Also let's not forget BumbleeBee and Hound dancing.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597785)
Posted by chivesbot20 on August 8th, 2014 @ 4:03pm CDT
Just saw ninja turtles and it was very good.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597786)
Posted by Sub-Prime on August 8th, 2014 @ 4:05pm CDT
chivesbot20 wrote:Just saw ninja turtles and it was very good.


That's good to hear. Anything about the film you didn't like?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597803)
Posted by chivesbot20 on August 8th, 2014 @ 5:01pm CDT
Not really. Maybe a better explanation on the mutagen and the foot clan.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597814)
Posted by Burn on August 8th, 2014 @ 5:38pm CDT
Maybe use this thread?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1597910)
Posted by Blast Cannon on August 9th, 2014 @ 6:34am CDT
Burn wrote:Maybe use this thread?


That would involve using common sense. Sadly there is nothing common about it.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598333)
Posted by SlyTF1 on August 11th, 2014 @ 12:06am CDT
I like the sound of the drone's guns. I really do.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598403)
Posted by chivesbot20 on August 11th, 2014 @ 9:27am CDT
What SlyTF1?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598449)
Posted by SlyTF1 on August 11th, 2014 @ 11:34am CDT
chivesbot20 wrote:What SlyTF1?


The guns that the KSI drones fire in the movie. That one part after Optimus breaks the cage, freeing Grimlock, where it cuts to them firing at Hound and Bumblebee. I like the sound they make.
At 0:04


I like that sound.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598473)
Posted by chivesbot20 on August 11th, 2014 @ 12:44pm CDT
Thats an awesome sound effect. And i'm happy the dvd comes out in sptember. Captain america 2 is taking forever for a dvd release. Aoe is getting it done. And I think Lockdown is a transformer, but he never took sides he just accepts missions from other races.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598476)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 11th, 2014 @ 12:50pm CDT
Why did the question of Lockdown being a transformer come up? It was a kinda obvious, with what, transforming and all.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598484)
Posted by chivesbot20 on August 11th, 2014 @ 1:01pm CDT
It was kind of random of me to say that, but he seemed just different compared to the rest. For example, when Optimus is fighting Galvatron and Lockdown comes, when his gun fave transforms, small tentacles can be seen coming out of his face while transforming. I just was stating what I thought. Maybe I should say, not exactly the same as a Cybertronion.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598615)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 11th, 2014 @ 11:26pm CDT
chivesbot20 wrote:It was kind of random of me to say that, but he seemed just different compared to the rest. For example, when Optimus is fighting Galvatron and Lockdown comes, when his gun fave transforms, small tentacles can be seen coming out of his face while transforming. I just was stating what I thought. Maybe I should say, not exactly the same as a Cybertronion.
One can be a Cybertronian and belong to neither faction.

And if one goes by the greater Movieverse continuity, he used to be a Decepticon when he appeared in the Cyber Missions cartoon, the Unite for the Universe manga, and the Nefarious comic series. Since some time would have past between those events and the AOE movie's events, it's entirely possible that he left the Cons and sided with the Creators during the intermediate time.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598720)
Posted by RSDADDIMUS2 on August 12th, 2014 @ 12:16pm CDT
Lockdown may have never been in either faction. They weren't always at war,so he may have been a normal Cybertronian who left Cybertron and decided to be a Bounty Hunter.He could've been modified and upgraded at any point.He could be hated by both factions.
I follow only the films,not the comics as they constantly contradict, so I'm no authority. This is just how I picture him.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Opens in Japan - Interview with Bay, Wahlberg and More (1598726)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 12th, 2014 @ 12:30pm CDT
[quote="RSDADDIMUS2" I follow only the films,not the comics as they constantly contradict, so I'm no authority. This is just how I picture him.[/quote]It's the comics that work to undo the contradictions set about by the movies. Virtually every post-movie comic has done something to fix some kind of continuity error created by each film that came before them.

Like, "The Reign of Starscream" fixed Brawl's calling himself "Devastator" from the first movie, and showed what happened to Barricade when he just vanished in the first movie.

"Sector 7" and "Foundation" patched up a whole network of continuity errors created by ROTF, while also prepping us for DOTM.

And "Convergence" fixed just about every remaining inconsistency and oddity across all three films and all IDW movieverse comics, such as finally explaining how The Fallen got out of his sarcophagus prior to ROTF when he was still trapped within it after the Nemesis it was aboard left Cybertron.

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