Apparently, making movies about Giant Freaking Robots, or sleeping with a different Playboy Playmate every year isn't as time consuming as we would all think. I say this, because Michael Bay is apparently a regular reader of the Northwest Herald. Not familiar with the Northwest Herald? It's the source for "local news and video for McHenry County, Illinois."
Today's homepage leads with "Red tape threatens organic farmer" and there's not one mention of Lindsay Lohan's arrest anywhere. How dare they call themselves a legitimate news source?
Me? I let my subscription lapse after they shelved their swimsuit issue.
Anyway, Mike didn't like what their movie reviewer wrote about his Transformers movie, so he took the time to write a letter to the editor.
Let me repeat that slightly differently. Michael Bay actually gives a crap about what the movie reviewer for the Northwest Herald said about his movie, which as of today, has now grossed over $458 million worldwide. Apparently not sure how to spend all his money, he decided to send them a letter telling them how much he cares about what the Northwest Herald thinks:
“To the Editor:
The Northwest Herald’s movie critic, Jeffrey Westhoff, seems to be woefully out of touch with pop culture.
The Transformers movie’s $155 million seven-day haul is the biggest non-sequel opening in box office history. Numbers like that usually mean positive word of mouth on the film is huge, and people are going back.
A friend of mine, Steven Spielberg, he’s pretty smart about film, said Westhoff’s review was idiotic. Westhoff’s a critic who actually reviewed his dislike for the director, rather then reviewing the movie, like his job description prescribes. Westhoff talks about the director being an “egomaniacal hack.” Well I don’t believe I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Westhoff, though it sounds like he knows me. If Westhoff actually did know me, he would find me to be a pretty down-to-earth, nice guy.
I implore the editor to give Westhoff a little relaxation and sunshine, clear his head, let him rediscover that movie-going is supposed to be a fun experience.
Maybe even help him get rid of his hatred.
Director of Transformers
Los Angeles, Ca.”
"Dude... relax... get some sun... and be a down-to-earth multi-millionaire that hangs with Spielberg, just like me... another down-to-earth guy."
Or, maybe I shouldn't be surprised, since Joe Carnahan sent me email... and I'm pretty sure my readership is smaller than the Northwest Herald.