If any filmmaker has perfected the best way you blow shit up on the massive display screen, it’s Michael Bay – the grasp of mayhem, with many years of expertise in exploding the hell out of Hollywood. From Dangerous Boys and its sequel, to Armageddon, to the Transformers movies, his personal specific model of Bayhem has been a serious pressure in motion cinema. And as he tells Empire within the newest subject, together with his newest high-octane extravaganza Ambulance about to burst into the world, he has a really specific means of brewing an enormous, blockbuster-worthy growth.
“There’s a particular sauce for explosions,” he explains. “It’s like a recipe. I see some administrators do it, they usually look tacky, or it received’t have a shockwave. There are specific methods with explosions the place you’re mixing various things, and several types of explosions to make it look extra sensible.” If it seems like he may put one collectively as simply as the remainder of us make lunch, that’s as a result of, nicely, he can. “It’s like making a Caesar salad,” he says.
There’s one explosion Bay is especially pleased with – an particularly ferocious fireball in the course of the assault sequence in Pearl Harbor. “Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed Ridley Scott the film,” remembers Bay. “And the quote [from Scott] was, ‘Fuck me.’ No-one is aware of how arduous that’s. We had a lot massive stuff on the market. Actual boats, 20 actual planes. We had 350 occasions going off. Three months of rigging on seven boats, stopping a freeway that’s three miles away.” Whereas Guinness World Data has the destruction of Blofeld’s base in Spectre down as the present document holder, Bay’s having none of it. “James Bond tried to take the ‘largest explosion on the earth’,” he says. “Bullshit. Ours is.”
Learn Michael Bay’s full information to creating the last word on-screen motion setpieces – from explosions and fist fights, to shootouts and automotive chases – within the Moon Knight subject, on sale now and accessible to order on-line right here. Ambulance involves UK cinemas from 25 March.