Michael Bay reveals he made a mistake after Bad Boys: ‘Boy, I was stupid’
Micheal Bay directed some of the most influential action blockbusters of all time, from Armageddon (with Bruce Willis) to the Transformers movies. But of course his breakthrough feature was the 1995 one Bad Boys. The buddy cop movie was iconic everywhere, and it proved that lead actors Will Smith and Martin Lawrence could hang on to the greats of the genre. The film was mostly a launching pad for Smith, and Bay takes credit for making him a real movie star. Smith’s Mike Lowry would instantly become one of the coolest characters in cinema, with his style and love of cool cars. On that note, Bay has now revealed the “dumb” mistake he made after directing the movie – and it’s all about the movie’s awesome vehicle.
Believe it or not, the classic 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo that Will Smith rides around in Bad Boys was actually Michael Bay’s personal vehicle. Interestingly, he revealed on instagram that he made a major decision about the car that he really seems to regret. And to be completely honest, I’m really surprised he did that. Check out the truly shocking post for yourself below:
So, the manager says that he sold the car to a friend for a small fee back then, but the price of the car today is over $1 million. I mean, he didn’t think the vehicle would become as popular as it did. Although I’m honestly not surprised that it ended up being the case. The sweet ride is an integral part of Mike Lowry’s vibe and has become iconic in large part thanks to the classic drag race at the end of the film. If I was the filmmaker, I would have kicked myself before I even learned the value of the car. Because let’s be honest, this is just too cool of an item to sell regardless.
Michael Bay has featured some really adorable cars in his films. (Looking at the 2007 Camaro Transformers.) 2003 bad boys II would feature an even more expensive Porsche and increase the action even more over the original. Of course, the franchise is still going strong, with the release of bad boys for life in 2020 and a fourth film is reportedly on the way.
Michael Bay may have stepped down as director for the third film, but he was still heavily involved in the making of the film. And finally, he managed to maintain his style. He actually made a really cool cameo in the last movie and did a scene that features one of the patented 360 degree shots he puts in every movie. So Porshe or not, Bay will forever be tied to the iconic film franchise.
The director’s next film Ambulance, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, seems intense and has all the trademark flourishes the filmmaker is known for. The movie is slated to hit Netflix on April 8, and I can’t wait to see the high-octane action that’s sure to come along!