Actress Kate Beckinsale claims director Michael Bay body-shamed her while filming Pearl Harbor
1 June 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Actress Kate Beckinsale claims in a new interview that director Michael Bay body-shamed her while they were filming for the movie “Pearl Harbor.”
The actress appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” and that was where she revealed about working with the director, best known for his work for the “Transformers” franchise. She shared with host Graham Norton that Bay would often make comments on her weight as well as her looks. Beckinsale felt that Bay was baffled by her because her “boobs weren’t bigger” than her head and that she was not blonde.
The British actress started to film the movie, which was about World War II, after she gave birth to her daughter. She shared, "I'd just had my daughter and had lost weight…but I 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."
Beckinsale also recalled the time when Bay would often talk about her co-stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett being great actors during press conferences or other events for the promotion of “Pearl Harbor.” The actress said that Bay was asked one time why he chose Affleck and Hartnett and the director said back then that he has worked with Affleck before and that he loves him while Hartnett is very manly and a wonderful actor.
She continued to reveal, "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."
Beckinsale is not the first to criticize Bay as “Transformer” actress Megan Fox compared him to Napoleon as the director reportedly wants to create a mad-man reputation. Fox said in her Wonderland magazine interview, “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward.”
This is not the first time that Bay talked about a female lead not being too attractive. He shared that “Titanic” was able to work because Kate Winslet was not overwhelmingly beautiful.
Bay is yet to comment on the claims of Beckinsale.