Monday, 30 June 2014 | MYT 1:10 PM

Michael Bay defends 'Transformers', says 165 minutes is not long

Bumblebee on 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction'.

Bumblebee on 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction'.

Too long? It’s an epic, says the director.

Clocking nearly three hours, critics have rubbished the latest Transformers film as too long; director Michael Bay prefers to label it “a real epic”.

“I never read critics, they can say whatever they want. It’s all about the fans. I think it’s a real epic movie,” Bay told AFP ahead of a preview of Transformers: Age Of Extinction last week in Miami, Florida.

Bay, 49, has directed all four installments of the popular franchise, about huge robots that turn into cars.

Known for big-budget action movies such as Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, Bay said that bringing the film – which involved the collaboration of 4,000 people – to the big screen was a challenge.

“It is a very, very complicated movie,” he said.

In the latest Transformers, Mark Wahlberg replaces Shia LaBeouf, star of the saga’s three previous installments, as the leading human.

“It’s nice to freshen it up, changing out the cast, giving it all a new life,” Bay said.

Michael Bay 

The cast, which also includes Stanley Tucci and Nicola Peltz, turned up in Hong Kong recently for the movie’s world premiere. The city provided the spectacular backdrop for much of the film, which depicts the latest scuffle in the eternal battle between the Autobots (the good Transformers) and the antagonist Decepticons.

Bay added that he gets the greatest satisfaction from the series – which has grossed billions of dollars at the box office – traveling the world meeting fans.

“We just were in China, we were in New York, there are fans around the world for this franchise,” Bay said.

The director, known for his trademark blockbusters, did not rule out the possibility of getting behind the camera for a fifth installment of Transformers” which was originally based on the popular children’s toys.

Bay said he was “sure they are going to keep making them, I don’t know if I am. You never know.” — AFP

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