Kate Beckinsale isn’t attractive enough to alienate women, says Michael Bay

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As I’ve said before, I think Kate Beckinsale is gorgeous. Beyond her natural beauty, I just like the fact that she’s really into styling. To me, it’s almost a Southern thing (and I know she’s English): her hair always looks great, she’s always got a manicure and she always looks glamorous, pretty and girly. But according to Michael Bay, Kate Beckinsale is sort of homely in a way that won’t threaten other women. Seriously, he told her that. Kate told the story on this week’s Graham Norton Show.

Back in 2001, Kate Beckinsale made her blockbuster breakthrough in Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor. And while the British actress was alluring enough to score countless magazine covers and the on-screen affection of, not one, but two of the film’s heartthrob stars, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, Bay himself did not seem to appreciate the actress’s exquisite beauty.

“I don’t think I fit the type of actress Michael Bay had met before,” Beckinsale recalls of the Transformers filmmaker in a new interview on The Graham Norton Show. “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.”

Even after Bay presumably spent hundreds of hours staring at the actress during filming and post-production, he still was not able to acknowledge the actress’s looks.

“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,” she added.

A quick fact-check proves Beckinsale right. In 2001, Bay sang both of his male stars’ praises to Movieline, saying that Affleck was perfect for the role because he “has what some of the fighter pilots I’d met had. . .They were so determined to do their jobs. And if the plane was broken, they were going up anyway, risking their lives.” Of Hartnett, Bay predicted that he’s “going to be f–king huge. He was great [in the movie].”

Movieline follows up by asking, “What made you choose Kate Beckinsale?” Dear readers, prepare for the cringe-fest.

“I didn’t want someone who was too beautiful. Women feel disturbed when they see someone’s too pretty,” Bay, apparently a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, said. “I’m not saying Kate’s not pretty. . .[she] is very funny, could hang with the guys. She’s not so neurotic about everything, like some actresses.”

As if insulting the star of his own movie was not enough, Bay then brought up another fine British actress and future Oscar winner who is also objectively beautiful.

“When you look at Titanic, Kate Winslet is pretty, but not overwhelmingly beautiful,” Bay explained. “That makes it work better for women.”

[From Vanity Fair]

Michael Bay: always a douche. Even when you have a rare moment of thinking, “Maybe he’s not SO bad,” you’re reminded that no, of course Michael Bay has always been a d-bag. And beyond his rude assessment of what female viewers want to see (???), I totally disagree that Kate Beckinsale is somehow NOT a ravishing beauty. She’s gorgeous! What the hell? And seriously, why would she have to work out and get crazy-thin to play a nurse in the 1940s? Ugh.

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  1. Pinky says:

    Reason number 124890237501936810837561982364012398479120394.32 never to watch anything he does.

    –TheRealPinky

    • ichsi says:

      Yep, this looks like an accurate number of reasons. What a douche. With guys like him I always wish that someone will give him a taste of his own medicine one day, but what exactly is the male equivalent to all the misogynistic cr*p he spews?

    • Anthi says:

      Yeap!!!!

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      If only because he is obviously blind if he cannot see how gorgeous Kate is! I always assumed directors needed to have good eyesight, but perhaps not.

      • Mytbean says:

        He’s not blind, he’s incredibly insecure. He’s in of those guys who, when faced with a woman who intimidates him, insults her in passive (and not so passive) aggressive ways in an effort to corrode her confidence and inflate his own ego. He did the same thing with Megan Fox. I just home Kate sees it for what it is and doesn’t end up doing gobs of plastic surgery to treat the emotional fallout from working with this creep.

        On a slightly different note… If the actress IS too Barbie then I don’t find a character relatable…. I think that, on some warped level that’s what Dorkass was trying to say. But saying it over and over and over again smells all flavors of wrong.

      • Ali says:

        Nailed it, mytbean. Kate is an awards winning poet who has double degrees in French and Russian literature from Oxford. She clearly has an intellect that surpasses his own which clearly terrifies him in women.

      • John Wayne Lives says:

        She wouldn’t sleep with him I’m guessing

    • Cran says:

      Always found his personality offputting and he has done nothing to change my view. Never seen any of his films because they never catch my interest as well as geared toward hormonal teenage boys. I’m at a loss as to why he thinks so highly of himself.

    • Mari says:

      What gets me is that he has insulted all women by suggesting that we can’t abide another one of our sex that is beautiful. Sheesh!

  2. Maya says:

    Kate looks gorgeous in that top picture and Bay can go take a hike.

    • Annaloo. says:

      I am convinced Hollywood is evil these days. What messages it sends, the whitewashing, the sexism, the egos, the child molestation and the neurotic shit it injects into the collective consciousness and character of the population … I am having a hard time with it lately.:-(

    • Carol says:

      Michael Bay is so full of sh*t. That movie Pearl Harbor was sooooo bad, I felt sorry for any WWII veteran who watched that piece of crap as if it was an accurate portrayal of the men and women who fought at Pearl Harbor. Heck, an accurate portrayal of any human being. Kate not only is attractive, she is talented. The only talent Michael Bay has is to blow up things and convince himself that he is all that.

  3. Snowflake says:

    It’s always the most unattractive men who have the most opinions about how a woman should look.

    • Insomniac says:

      Ain’t that the truth!

      I think Kate is stunning, but she’s right: She’s not blonde and her boobs aren’t bigger than her head, so for the Michael Bay types, she just isn’t that attractive.

      • V4Real says:

        First let me say I have always thought this woman to be gotgeous.. Bay is an ass to the fullest. But if he only find blondes with big boobs beautiful then explain Megan Fox, she is neither blonde or have big boobs. Also he said Kate Winslett wasn’t beautiful and she is blonde with big boobs. Bay is just a dick.

      • E says:

        Winslet wasn’t stick thin in Titanic, so guessing that kept her homely enough to appeal to women.

      • jkemdsdfasf says:

        Choosing two brunette woman out of the handfuls of the busty(fake boobs) blonde(fake blonde) women doesn’t exactly resonate.

    • Myrna says:

      Isn’t it true?
      I remember a couple of guys – both unattractive – making comments about my looks in college.
      One said “you’re the type who will get married right out of school, get pregnant and blow up like a balloon.”
      I’ll never forget it and remember thinking what about my appearance has caused him to say such a thing?
      Saw him at a reunion and he looked like an old man! Out of shape, pretty much homely and bald.
      And I was in the best shape of my life after having children to boot.
      I took deep pleasure in seeing him while he couldn’t even make eye contact with me.

      Sorry…off topic there.

      Michael Bay is a douche.
      And while Kate isn’t a fave of mine, I see her in a new light given she refrains from calling him out and maintains dignity.

      • Pandy says:

        Myrna please tell me you made some kind of remark to this idiot Along the lines of you’re right – one of us did blow up on middle age … But it wasn’t me.

      • Harryg says:

        Haha! Hope you said “I always knew you’d look like an old bagpipe when you hit thirty.”
        I knew a producer who looked like crap, like a swollen vampire. He often described the most beautiful women with awful terms, going on about their “tree-trunk” thighs and stuff. A total king of assholes. I guess he didn’t see his picture in the mirror.

      • Myrna says:

        @Pandy
        Thanks for the support!
        I didn’t say a thing to him, but admittingly pranced my toned body around on every opportunity while holding my gorgeous husband’s arm.
        LOL

        Seriously, though, many of these men exist and it’s got to be some sort of self loathing compensation, no?
        They have to cut down beauties around them because they’ll never get close!

        I was told most of my younger life that I was pretty…hope I’m not coming off as conceited or anything, because I’m not…so I don’t know what possessed this piece of sh*t to say something so unkind to me in college.

        Another story pops into my head re a WOMAN I worked with during an internship.
        She was the classic Barbie type – very bleached blonde, caked makeup, tall, thin.
        I was the ivory girl type…brunette, light makeup, lip gloss, petite.
        She was on the phone next to me at the office (we worked phone banks in a consumer protection office and oftentimes could hear people on the other end of phone calls) talking to her boyfriend (who I later met – what a TOOL.)
        I forget how, but he asked her about me…what did I look like on a scale of 1-10.
        She was visibly annoyed and shouted back ZERO!
        She had to know I heard because I was looking right at her across the table.
        I was hurt and really confused because I thought we were friends.

        This was in the same office, mind you, where one of the guy interns had a pool going on my bra size!!!
        HUMILIATED I was…
        And it was during the same time I was getting sexually harassing phone calls at home!
        This was pre caller ID days…

        Apparently, I’ve been exposed to this a lot – LOL.
        And had forgotten till this post.
        Back to the therapist 8-)

      • Nicole says:

        Replying to your comment about the blonde rating you zero – I think this had nothing to do with you, she was annoyed her boyfriend was asking how hot her coworker was…still bitchy but not towards you

      • Myrna says:

        @Nicole
        Hmmm…I didn’t consider that!
        I was so hurt (and young) so it didn’t occur to me.
        Thanks for that perspective.

    • lucy2 says:

      Seriously, dude looks like a horse in a bad wig (no offense to horses).

      He’s so the type to hit on a woman, and then insult her when she rejects him.

      • Lurkingweirdo says:

        Bingo, Lucy2. Was married to a serial cheater and he gleefully dressed down women he knew he couldn’t “get.” (Yeah, what does that say for me, right? Four years after I moved out, I think I’m finally getting right. Imagine what a guy like Bay does to the women around him. Good on Kate for seeing thru his bs.)

    • StormsMama says:

      I worked as an actor on Everybody’s Fine and shot a scene in a train station with Kate and Robert Deniro (and then with Kate’s daughter and Deniro). She is undeniably flawless and beautiful up close. I was inches from her. Beautiful.
      That is all.

  4. Tig says:

    Good Lord- what a tool! I don’t remember any of this back when the film came out. Glad he’s found his directorial home-toys and turtles. And yes, since my physical equivalents are these two Kates ( HAHAHA), I am better able to enjoy their movies!

  5. what's inside says:

    His arrogance is overwhelming and insulting to women everywhere. Kate Beckinsale has IT and you would have to be blind not to recognize it.

  6. Paula says:

    He has douche spelled all over his face

  7. Samtha says:

    Once a tool, always a tool.

  8. SleepyJane says:

    I remember watching the movie Click and thinking she was one of the most beautiful women I’d ever seen.

  9. Sylvanas says:

    Nah. Kate’s only pretty because she has a team of people to make her so.
    She has good hair and an “ok” body.
    but she is not a showstopping traffic stopper Helen of Troy – not even close.
    And Winslet…she always looks like she is smelling something stinky.
    I agree with Bay.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      She’s absolutely stunning. She was even before the nose job.
      Kate Winslet in Titanic was one of the mst beautiful woman I have ever see.

    • mme says:

      Nene, why does she have to be kidding about Winslet? Just because you don’t find her beautiful doesn’t mean others don’t. She’s one of the most beautiful people I’ve seen in my life and I’m serious. Don’t ask

      • Cindy Lou says:

        But we must ask , dear mme. Wherever did you see the Winslet woman and what was it about her looks that struck you the most?

    • Bettyrose says:

      Sylvanas, I think you’re missing the point. Everyone has different tastes where beauty is concerned, so your opinion is fine, but Bay is basically insulting all women by calling us catty, insecure and easily manipulated by hiring less attractive actresses. You agree with that?

      • bluhare says:

        Exactly, Bettyrose. Because us women just can’t stand looking at women who are better looking than we are. Makes me want to gag.

      • zombie says:

        YESSSSSSS. Thank you Bettyrose.

      • Annetommy says:

        Spot on. So offensive. And both Kates- Beckinsale and Winslet – are gorgeous.

      • Natalie says:

        When really you’d think it’s the other way around. I feel like the average actor is less attractive than the average actress.

        I watched Kate on Graham Norton and I was just staring at how beautiful she looked.

      • Sylvanas says:

        Mike probably should be the last person to say something about women whether true or not.

        I really hate to say this but what he is saying about women…. is partially true :( I do live in LA – looks are currency here. Looks are related to SURVIVAL here — thousands of women here rely on their looks and bodies to SURVIVE. It is the nature of the beast.
        A truly beautiful woman – if she was evil – could try to take everything from you.
        I have witnessed some craziness here.

        One of my best friends is other-wordly stunning. And sweet and smart.
        Most of the time women we know joke to me when she is not around like, “Omg I love (blank) she is hilarious and sweet but….I can’t have her standing next to me!” They laugh it off, then mistakenly leave her off guest lists. And I am talking smart accomplished women who have what most would say “nothing to worry about.”
        Truth is? When they DO invite her out to things here and there — it is reluctantly so because (and they have told me to my face about her), “Oh lordy! lol People will compare me to her!! Ugh!” …these women…they laugh it off…but the truth is told in jest.
        I have a very high self esteem, so the fact that I’ve seen people (not just men) fall down stairs after looking at her makes me laugh, not fear her.
        I just watch…and learn.

    • Ughcelebrities says:

      The debate of whether Kate is truly beautiful or merely pretty is as useless as any other debate of the type that revolves arounds attractive women. It doesn’t matter. She’s attractive, and so are many other women. They can all exist together in a way that’s not mutually exclusive. Fact is that people like Bay pick women apart in damaging ways. They mitigate women’s attractiveness by putting it into the “merely pretty/cute/nonthreatening/blahblahblah” box. The way we try to grade women’s looks down to the finest detail is ultimately futile. Attractive men tend to be left alone IMO. People are more willing to concede that an attractive man is good-looking and not get caught up on mitigating, nitpicky bullshit. Leonardo DiCaprio is good looking and people rarely bother to critique his flaws because what’s the point? He’s handsome. Whatever. I wish we could approach women similarily.

      Also, there are plenty of lovely women whom appeal to women. Many women idealize great beauties of the past like Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. Aishwarya Rai appeals to women.

      Anyway, the discussion of which attractive women are stunning vs which aren’t is stupid and only masks the bigger issue. Even beautiful women can’t escape not being “good enough,” and that’s extreme and pathetic. No wonder everyday women are so insecure. No wonder insecurity is so rampant. Even if you’re beautiful, you can still not be good enough! It never ends!

      I remember when Fox was replaced by Huntington-Whitely people kept mitigating Fox’s beauty by claiming her replacement is hotter as if one must dethrone the other. Even Fox isn’t immune to this sort of useless mitigation, and I’m sure Huntington-Whitely isn’t either. Even supemodels, the supposed peak of beauty, encounter this. I’ve seen people call Miranda Kerr a “moon face” because her face is round. Ok? So, what, now we just pick apart what makes beautiful women unique? To what end? What do we gain? What power does that give us? Why are we so afraid to let attractive women simply be attractive without trying to diffuse their beauty in some way?

      • Annetommy says:

        I have to disagree with you about Leo. Every time he’s in a post it’s deluged with comments about how revolting he looks. Ditto Ben Affleck and a few others. Personally I think that’s nonsense, but they don’t escape the celebitching.

      • bettyrose says:

        I’m not actually that familiar with Kate Beckinsale (though I jump to the defense of any woman being judged merely on the basis of her physical traits) so I Googled her. Found some glamour shots, some light makeup shots, some lingerie shots . . . I, uh, where to begin? Beautiful face, great hair, skinny bod that meets the conventionally accepted standards of fashionable and sexy in the current year . . . in brief, dayum. She’s classy, beautiful, in shape . . . what does a smokin’ hot lady gotta do to not get called “unthreatening” by a sleazeball director?

        ETA: Leo is often discussed as having aged poorly and lost that youthful adorableness we all used to love. It’s true. We say those things, but it’s not the same. Leo’s power is not in his looks. He’s a megastar who dates models, and he’s never had to go on a publicity tour with a female director who maligned his looks at every turn. It’s just not the same thing.

    • tigerlily says:

      Sylvanas, perhaps you are being sarcastic but even if you aren’t beauty is very subjective and very much in the eye of the beholder. I think Kate is one of the more gorgeous actresses out there. I don’t know if she’s had any plastic surgery but she has a unique look which I think is very attractive. I really find the generic Hollywood face and figure unattractive and unnatural. I do think that this douche director has some issues and for some reason he has to put down actresses.

  10. Strommy says:

    Sure, he’s a nasty one, but that doesn’t mean that he’s completely wrong, does it?

    • Mia4s says:

      Oh please. I suppose you think Kate Winslet is unattractive which is why Titanic was the biggest deal ever. And wow it’s a good thing they cast that dog Scarlet Johannsen in those Marvel movies or women never would have gone!

      Bay’s trash, pure and simple. He despises women. Loves boobs and ass but despises women.

      • Strommy says:

        It was not Kate Winslet alone who made Titanic such a success. It was the whole package.

    • kennedy says:

      Well no, it not only means he’s completely wrong but possibly blind. Beckinsale is an obvious beauty. I think Winslet is beautiful as well but she’s not as striking as Beckinsale, who is very objectively attractive.

      • Myrna says:

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
        I think both Kates are lovely, but for me, there is no greater beauty than Grace Kelly.
        That to me is the standard.
        Not to say that other actresses aren’t “beautiful.”

        What insults me the most is that he’s saying women won’t allow themselves to enjoy a film if the female star is more beautiful than the rest of us?
        WTF???
        He’s not only insulting the actress, but all women.
        We’re that shallow and petty?
        He’s an assh*le.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Beauty is really in the eye of the beholder, because I never understood the hype about Grace. She was pretty but in such a boring bland way.
        To me, the most beautiful actress of that time was Lauren Bacall.

      • Myrna says:

        @Locke Lamora
        I’m a Bacall fan, but wouldn’t call her a beauty.
        Absolutely a subjective thing, no?

    • Bridget says:

      The man just said that women are so petty that we can’t even stand to watch a movie where the lead actress is too good looking, or we’ll fall into fits of jealousy. Exactly what part of that will you be defending?

    • Starkiller says:

      Yeah, god help me, but I actually agree with him. Kate’s pretty, of course, but I just don’t see the stop-traffic beauty that so many seem to. Now, did he have to express his opinion like such a crass moron? Of course not, but this is the guy responsible for the Transformers films, so what do we expect?

  11. Brea says:

    Michael Bay being a misogynistic tool, what’s new?

    • pinetree13 says:

      Here’s the translation. Women didn’t like how he used Megan Fox as a complete sexual OBJECT in transformers so in his small, small brain he came to the conclusion:
      “OH women didn’t like Megan Fox’s role in transformers because MEGAN FOX IS TOO ATTRACTIVE. And since all women are small-minded, jealous, petty beings…that’s a problem”.

      Also I’ve always had Kate as one of my all-time most beautiful people. Remember her in Van Helsing?!?! SO GORGEOUS!

      • Bob says:

        Pearl Harbor was six years before Transformers. I seriously doubt that Bay required feedback from actual women to conclude that all women are catty and jealous.

    • Tania says:

      Michael Bay is a misogynistic ass wipe. He was probably just pissed that she wouldn’t sleep with him. He’s disgusting. And for the record, both Kate’s are very beautiful. I remember watching Titanic, when Kate did the nude scene (posing for the portrait), thinking, wow, what a beautiful woman!

  12. LAK says:

    Oh Michael. LOL. I appreciate a misogynist who wears it on their sleeve. It’s alot easier to deal with.

  13. Green Is Good says:

    Kate (both) must have turned down his sexual advances.

  14. LuluPolly says:

    She’s really not gorgeous. I think she’s more cute, like Jennifer Anniston. But I don’t resent watching Angelina Jolie or anything.

    • Cindy Lou says:

      Underneath the modern Hollywood glamour makeup I think she has an old-fashioned English rose beauty. Very like Vivien Leigh. It is based on delicate, small yet perfectly balanced features, perfect skin and a long slender neck.

  15. PHAKSI says:

    God help me Im about to agree with this knob, but I never got the hype about Kate being this exceptional beauty. I just dont see it

  16. B says:

    Back in the day I worked a lot on the soundtrack and web presence for Pearl Harbor the movie, and I remember him being a narcissistic di*klord, and people working “with/under” him relaying a similar assessment.

    The movie wasn’t accurate and it was considered a “bomb,” in the industry…he is a jerk, just sayin’. (However he speaks for himself, which is volumes :) )

    Oh, and she is gorgeous, imo.

  17. serena says:

    Because she’s has not huge tits and big lips, she’s not beautiful? What an idiot.

  18. mme says:

    Women. We’re really our own worst enemies. So now we tear down Kate Winslet and Beckinsale for this stupid man. oh and look, someone brought up Jennifer Aniston and compared her to Kate Beckinsale to uplift Jolie.
    All I can say on this is: Michael Bay on his best day is unfit to even look in the face of a true beauty like Winslet or Beckinsale. I know this because I saw Titanic again last night and couldn’t stop staring at Kate’s face.

  19. Stef Leppard says:

    She’s my husband’s bona fide.

  20. Jigli says:

    Him and Adrien Brody would make some nice Afghan hounds … Is all I can say on the subject of good looks, when Michael Bay raises it.

    • Anna says:

      Too funny! Thanks for the much needed comedic relief after reading 400+ comments about the depp-debacle.

  21. roses says:

    What does he even mean by “women feel disturbed when they see someone’s too pretty”? He’s a creep.

    • Izzy says:

      Yes, well, as the article points out, he’s an expert in such matters, what with his PhD in Women’s Studies, don’tcha know.

  22. Izzy says:

    AW. Poor mysogynist douchebag haz a sads because he knows he will never, ever ever get together with any woman as hot as either of those two Kates.

    • Saraya says:

      Bay sounds like a jerk, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have any trouble getting stunningly attractive women. He’s worth over $400 million.

  23. Rocío says:

    He likes them plastic and Barbie like. Kate B should be more than happy that she doesn’t meet his “beauty” standards. She is one of the most beautiful actresses ever. Have you seen her in The Aviator? Stunning.

    • Annetommy says:

      I’m sure she’d be more to this pri@ck’s taste if she had big bags of silicone, or liquid fat, shoved into her boobs and backside. Because, you know, sexy…

  24. Colette says:

    I don’t think she is beautiful or stunning.She is pretty
    He is definitely an asshole,though.

  25. shewolf says:

    Yikes. I think he just exposed his preferences in women. I feel like he’d be that remote facebook friend posting photos of budget porn stars with massive bolt ons and red lip liner with pink lipstick.

  26. Adrien says:

    Well I thought she was stunning in Pearl Harbor. Her appeal is similar to Jennifer Aniston. You don’t instantly find them attractive but you know they are hot. She looks intelligent too.

  27. Lurker says:

    I watched Graham Norton on Friday, and I thought she was STUNNING, and very very funny. She told a story about Colin Farrell and a fight scene that had me laughing so hard, I had to pause the telly. It involves the words “iron vagina” and it cracked me up. Also, the chocolate prank and fondness for panto horse costumes… she was the best thing about the episode.

    I didn’t have much of an opinion on her before, but I’m a bit of a fan now 😍

    • Tourmaline says:

      She’s awesome I agree. Funny and a good actress. Good on her for putting this story out there.

    • lucy2 says:

      She is very funny and charming (probably partly why Bay doesn’t like her). I’ve seen her on a number of talk shows, and she always has a funny story. And totally agree, she’s gorgeous.

      Edit – Just watched the Graham Norton, hilarious! Also her new movie has 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. I wish it was around me to see it.

  28. AmyB says:

    All the women mentioned in this thread are gorgeous (IMO): Kate Beckinsale, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie. Come on people….!!! Yes beauty is subjective to an extent, but all those women are breath taking. But to have a discussion about how Kate B and Kate W are not “overwhelmingly beautiful” so they don’t alienate a female audience….LMAO! Dude, get a clue. I am totally straight, but that scene in Titanic where Rose takes off her robe….come on. She was HOT! And yes, Kate Beckinsale is gorgeous. Or maybe I can just appreciate beauty in different forms other than the plastic surgery, botoxed & fake boobs kind that the Kardashians shove down our throat???? Regardless, clearly this director is an ***hole.

  29. Pandy says:

    Thanks Michael Bay! I have gone 50+ years not realizing we women are in deep competition to always look better than other women. Whew, glad he pointed that out to me! Thought I was going to lose my woman-hood membership there.

  30. Brittney says:

    Sure, dude… that’s why Angelina Jolie gained such an enormous following in the 90s with young women and is still one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

    So homely, that one.

  31. Ginger says:

    Personally I prefer the dark haired beauties of Hollywood and Kate Beckinsale is chief among them. To say that the blonde haired, big boob actresses are the ONLY thing that’s gorgeous is ridiculous. My goodness, Bay is not only a D Bag but has no clue what he’s talking about. And to refer to the Male leads in a film in glowing terms that have nothing to do with looks and then reference Kate ONLY in terms of her beauty is pretty typical misogynist BS. And Kate as always comes out the winner by discussing it and not giving him any credence. I love her even more for her confidence and class.

  32. Miss M says:

    What does he need? I suggest an eyesight treatment, a mirror and a personality transplant.

  33. K says:

    Kate has changed a LOT. She hasn’t done anything major to make herself like Pam Anderson, but she looks like a completely different person from before. She was in Much Ado About Nothing and I could barely recognize her (only knew from the credits), and even pictures from when Pearl Harbor came out puzzles me, she is just so different. She has gotten better looking.

  34. Naddie says:

    I don’t think it’s about being blonde and having big tits, I guess it’s more about looking dumb and sexually available, like Megan Fox in every role. I’ve seen this kind of man before, way too many times for my taste.

  35. Pumpkin Pie says:

    I had no idea who Michael Bay until 5minutes ago. I think Kate is ueber gorgeous.

  36. Bridget says:

    That’s right, we women folk are prone to the fits of jealousy if we see another female that’s better looking than us. It’s like i can’t even hear a word they’re saying, I’m so unhappy with their better looks. Thank you for this glorious public service, Michael Bay.

  37. Shannon says:

    He is hideous looking…I mean wow! He should not be talking about attractiveness at all. She is the type of woman he could never get, so of course he is going to try to put her down.

  38. Sara says:

    Bay is the one who is unattractive!!!!! Kate is very beautiful. What a douche.

  39. isabelle says:

    He comes off as a nerd that watched a lot of movies as a kid and basing his preference on those vampy girls he watched.

  40. sofie says:

    Sad thing is there are many men like this in a position of power. Sexist pigs run majority of Hollywood. Can you imagine the conversation of these douche’s such as bay, weinstein, Brett ratner etc ? Makes me cringe just thinking about it.

  41. Kate says:

    I think Kate is pretty enough to alienate women but perhaps that just not her game. I’m more irritated that Michael Bay thinks that is what pretty women do – alienate other women. All pretty women are not out to drive other women away

  42. Adrienne says:

    Of course Bay loves Ben Affleck. They probably picked up hookers together.

  43. Lady Amalthea says:

    Kate Beckinsale is so beautiful that she makes me sort of hate myself. Kate Winslet is also beautiful — and she was especially luscious in “Titanic.” And yes, Megan Fox is beautiful, too.

    The difference is that Beckinsale and Winslet have never relied solely on sex appeal. They don’t “market” themselves as bombshells, and don’t encourage childish games of jealousy. (I don’t think Fox encourages that, either, but she does market herself on her sex appeal.)

    I just don’t think that Michael Bay knows what to do with complex women. Actually, I don’t think Michael Bay knows what to do with complex *anything*. He likes big explosions and big boobs, and there’s no need for story or substance underneath. Which is fine, that’s his personal preference, but he shouldn’t assume that his version of ideal is everyone’s version of ideal. And he certainly shouldn’t tell people that they’re “not attractive enough” for anything.

  44. K2 says:

    I’ve never forgotten reading a producer earnestly explain that people who said Michael Bay was sexist were crazy, and he just couldn’t understand how they could say that, because, “Michael makes women look *beautiful* in his movies! He makes them look amazing!”

    The idea any woman could ever want for more never even entered his cute little head. Bless.

  45. PandaCookie says:

    another douchebag man talking shit about a woman. what a pig.

  46. Liz says:

    Bay is a major ass but I know what he means. Beckinsale and Winslet are beautiful but they don’t hold a candle to actresses such as Rachel Weisz or Catherine Zeta-Jones (younger years). They are not only gorgeous but they have immense sex appeal. I know it’s not politically correct thing to say but …

    • Michele says:

      This is completely subjective. I find Kate many times prettier than Rachel and Catherine. Bay is known for being nicer to actresses he finds easy to deal with and easy to manipulate. Once an actress has her own brain, boundaries and backbone, suddenly they’re not as attractive as “other” actresses. He is a jerk.

  47. Michele says:

    Men like Michael Bay only say these things when they are extremely intimidated by a woman’s looks combined with her brain. He cannot get or keep women like Kate in his life because he so offensive to intelligent women. So instead, he coyly puts them down. It’s subtly abusive, it’s par for the course. He is a complete tool.

  48. Anon says:

    I LOVE her for speaking out about this. I always wondered how her experience with him was, based on all the stories we heard. Good for her! I don’t think Megan Fox was very professional for the way that she handled herself in response to his behavior, but HE isn’t professional either. yet, its okay for him to behave like this. When female stars call him out, they are called difficult and unprofessional. When he throws them under the bus like he did with Kate, people just say “Oh, its just Michael Bay that’s the way he is.” These women have to speak out in the media, because they are offered no protection from his repulsive behavior behind the scenes.

  49. Grant says:

    Just rolled my eyes ALL the way back in my head I think they might be stuck. What an insipid buffoon you are, Michael Bay.

    Kate Beckinsale is stunning, with the best hair in Hollywood. I also think she’s a very underrated actress. She was the best part of that dreadful movie (Pearl Harbor), that’s for sure.

  50. Roller74 says:

    Megan Fox has commented in the past about the ridiculous things that Michael Bay asked her to do for the Transformers series in order to make her look ‘super hot’. He required her to tan outside, all day, every day, so she achieved the ‘perfect bronzed goddess’ look. Who cares what long term damage she might have sustained from engaging in such a dangerous activity over the 3 years she was involved with the franchise. She had lip injections so her lips appeared more plump and desirable. And he made her work out and diet. This is the way Michael Bay sees women, what he thinks is “hot”. He probably tried to make a move on Kate, and she was all “hell NO!” Michael, having had his ego slapped in the face, came back with the standard “pretty, but not pretty enough for me” bullsh*t. He never casts ugly or average looking woman in his films as the lead. Ever. Kate is no exception.

  51. elle says:

    Hmmm. The ones with nonthreatening looks in that flick are Affleck and Harnett. I’ll take a beautiful woman any day over a garden variety frat-bro leading man.

  52. Dee says:

    Kate’s beauty isn’t quite so natural, if you look at photos of her when she was still a young actress in England she’s not really recognisable. However, whatever she did made her beautiful and Michael Bay clearly didn’t get what he wanted. What an absolute douche saying what he did. And good for her for dealing with it head on. Take the power out of his hands.