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Kate Beckinsale Talks Meeting Michael Bay for the First Time

Kate Beckinsale Talks Meeting Michael Bay for the First Time

Kate Beckinsale wears a black outfit under her white coat while heading into BBC Radio 2 studios on Thursday (May 26) in London, England.

The 42-year-old actress made an appearance on The Graham Norton Show this week and talked about director Michael Bay‘s comments about her looks.

“I don’t think I fit the type of actress Michael Bay had met before,” Kate said about meeting with him for Pearl Harbor. “I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde.”

“I’d just had my daughter and had lost weight, but was told that if I got the part, I’d have to work out. And I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do that,” Kate added. “When we were promoting the film, Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben [Affleck] and Josh [Hartnett], and he said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor.’ Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.’ He kept saying it everywhere we went, and we went to a lot of places.”

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  • laura

    That’s crazy: she’s so beautiful!

  • fromanotherplanet

    Michael is a sexist prick. Well, this is a brand new information.

  • Camila

    What a pig! And a blind one. She’s very attractive now and in Pearl Harbor was so beautiful I almost went lesbian.

  • MollyBD

    I always knew Michael Bay was an a*s hole.

  • marsshmallow

    did that movie came out like decades ago?

  • Veritas Vincit

    Ms. Beckinsale is a beautiful woman. Appears that Director Bay is a putz.

  • millerz

    I always thought she was one of the most beautiful actresses!! Crazy someone could think that. But hearing that it came from Michael Bay.. should I be surprised? He’s the biggest douche bag.

  • Gina

    Michael Bay is a sexist pig and was really demeaning and inappropriate with Megan Fox during her Transformer days as well.

  • laura

    I’m not even commenting on how sexist this is, obviously…

  • Little Paper Stars

    Oddly this never made the cut of the show that aired here last night. It was all about her panto horse costume, iron vagina and bum chocolate lol. She was hilarious, her dad would be very proud of her. Bay is a sexist moron.

  • Isabel

    Right? Even watching it when I was younger, I remember seeing her on screen and thinking she was stunning especially in some of those costumes.

  • Isabel

    Right? Even watching it when I was younger, I remember seeing her on screen and thinking she was stunning especially in some of those costumes.

  • lshelton22

    Not surprised that Bay “loves” Affleck. Men like them stick together. Pigs.

  • lshelton22

    Not surprised that Bay “loves” Affleck. Men like them stick together. Pigs.

  • AK

    SHES NOT ATRACTIVE !!!!! REALLLYYYYY MANNN

  • AK

    SHES NOT ATRACTIVE !!!!! REALLLYYYYY MANNN

  • Roscoe

    It’s amazing that a female actor in the business this long still seems taken aback that parts in projects are given based on the actor’s looks and what demographic he or she can bring to the table. Likely she is still hurt that the director chose not to lie by buttering her up and said the reason she was chosen was not because of her stellar acting ability nor because she looked better than every potential female audience member.

    Many women seem to handle objective fact worse than many men. The male director didn’t account for her ‘feelings’ aka ego – big whoop.

  • Casey C

    She’s talking about a film made 15 years ago when she was still relatively new to the business especially Hollywood. and there was no reason to say it that way. its not ‘objective fact’ its entirely subjective. it was according to Bay that she wasn’t attractive, not anyone else. He couls have said she fit the role, he could have said she had the right look for the role, but he didn’t. he said she wasn’t attractive. that’s not ‘fact’, it’s asshole opinion. Josh Hartnett isn’t exactly stunning, Ben could barely act at the time, but he didn’t go after them. he gave one guy a role because they were friends and another because he liked how he looked. . but the one he chose to be negative about was the one woman.

  • Roscoe

    Point to any comments he made saying that she wasn’t attractive. What he did say, according to Beckinsale, is a fact if what he said is the real reason he chose her. Everything else you mentioned is that he should have played to her ego. He didn’t have to and he didn’t.

  • Wendy

    It’s funny that he says that, because I know a lot of people who think she’s one of the most beautiful women in the world, and I agree.

    Michael Bay is one of the biggest assholes in hollywood, who gives a shit what he thinks.

  • :)

    Bay’s face looks like a foot

  • Clovis

    He is a knuckle-dragging troglodyte. She is possibly the most beautiful woman in the world.

  • Clovis

    hahahahaa

  • Clovis

    Yeah. It blew. :)

  • illumina

    What a pig. The fact that she still remembers and refers to it shows how hurtful it was. Kate is not only stunning but carries herself so elegantly. Why do some men think that only blondes with ridiculous sized and shaped breasts are beautiful?

  • illumina

    What a pig. The fact that she still remembers and refers to it shows how hurtful it was. Kate is not only stunning but carries herself so elegantly. Why do some men think that only blondes with ridiculous sized and shaped breasts are beautiful?

  • LiiL

    fuck M. Bay. who is he?

  • Mercyneal

    It appears that Mate has had massive plastic surgery

  • C K

    People have to keep in mind way back then, before she hit her beauty stride, Kate wasn’t a stunner. At least not in the conventional, usual sense. She was attractive enough, but in an offbeat sense. Her hairstyles, makeup and wardrobe sure didn’t do her any favors, they weren’t flattering and didn’t show her to her best advantage. She wasn’t regarded as a great beauty in an industry full of beauties and didn’t stand out the way Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta-Jones caused a sensation with their flamboyant gorgeousness. But like fine wine, Kate got way better with age and looked much better in her (near) 30′s!

  • Floatyboaty

    I think she put all her energy into becoming the siren type rather than the Cate Blanchett type, hence her unimpressive resume.

    But I agree Michael Bay’s comments were horrible and she has the right to speak out against them as she’s in a superficial industry where your career is about perception. (But she has whinged about this for literally years; look back over her earlier interviews where she brings up the Pearl Harbour insecurities and how she didn’t know well know enough – unlike Kiera Knightley and other up and coming actresses – to get herself a stylist.)

    However, she’s not doing women any favours by focusing so much on looks and sexuality. Credible actresses like Cate Blachett, Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, etc, are all very beautiful women in their own way, but more than anything they’re super capable and talented. So I won’t play Kate’s game and comment on her looks and give her fragile ego a little massage. She’s totally driving in the wrong lane and she could do better.

  • greppinwolf

    Michael Bay made Ben Affleck bond his teeth to get the role in Armageddon. He found Ben’s teeth disgusting because they weren’t perfect and so he had the studio pay to have them capped and bonded. (His teeth were actually normal.) Bay is a weirdo.

  • FerCat

    She’s probably the only actress that gave any significance to a female lead in a Michael Bay film.

  • jane

    just another example of how men try to intimidate women.. it’s quite clear she’s stunning and by devaluing her and making her feel insecure it makes him feel good. abuse, in its own way.

  • JEN

    One of the few Hollywood classic beauties.

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  • Tatami53

    Michael Bay is obviously an inconsiderate SOB. Exactly. Why would a nurse from the 1940s “work out”? Kate, you’re perfectly fine as you are and much more beautiful than Michael Bay can remotely understand.

  • Tatami53

    Michael Bay is obviously an inconsiderate SOB. Exactly. Why would a nurse from the 1940s “work out”? Kate, you’re perfectly fine as you are and much more beautiful than Michael Bay can remotely understand.

  • SaraJ

    Wow, interesting… just noticed that they were different in Good Will Hunting. Good info.

  • Clovis

    So weird!

  • Clovis

    So weird!

  • Rose Ryan

    A left foot on a right leg.

  • rg1984

    she’s amazing

  • jonsie

    Maybe the comments were made on Graham’s radio show? I am not a particular fan, but I thought she was very entertaining on the TV show and she really sold me on her new film, so I will try and catch the radio show on iplayer. Having said I am not a fan. like most British people over 30, I adored her father and his tragic death always made me inclined to support her.

  • Molly Magee Dreher

    He has no room to talk about someone not being attractive. Maybe he is jealous because she is naturally beautiful and he is ugly.

  • Adam Jake

    Michael Bay seems to criticize a lot of women. I remember him having something to say about Megan Fox’s looks also. Both women are and always have been beautiful.

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