Loaded with almost non-stop action, a great new villain (Lockdown), Dinobots, and an ass-kicking Mark Wahlberg, Transformers: Age of Extinction really is the beginning of a new chapter in the Transformers movie universe. Also, throughout the fourth installment, director Michael Bay has peppered in a lot of interesting questions about the history of the Transformers and I’d imagine the next sequel (or sequels) will start to unravel the mysteries. While Bay could have just done another Autobot vs Decepticon story and most fans would have been satisfied, I’m glad he pushed the franchise forward with new characters and questions, and am looking forward to where it goes from here.
A few days ago in Hong Kong I landed an exclusive video interview with Mark Wahlberg. He talked about what it was like working with Bay, filming the action, how the cast was placed in the heart of the explosions, if he’s thanked Paul Thomas Anderson for getting him this role, the last time he sang “The Touch,” how the most scared he’s ever been making a movie was while filming a sequence in Hong Kong, and future projects like Ted 2, Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell, Uncharted, The Six Billion Dollar Man, American Desperados, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
One last thing before getting to the interview. I’d like to give a huge thank you to Paramount for inviting Collider to cover Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong. Being able to go to Asia for the first time to cover this movie was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens next weekend in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. While you have a lot of choices on how to see this film, I strongly recommend IMAX 3D. Not only is IMAX always the best way to see a movie, Bay used the brand new IMAX 4K 3D digital camera to shoot a huge percentage of Transformers 4 so over half the time the image will fill the IMAX screen. Trust me, you want to see this in IMAX 3D.
- Has he thanked Paul Thomas Anderson yet for getting him the role?
- Reveals that Stan Bush, who wrote “The Touch,” sent him a new version of the song and asked Wahlberg to give to Bay to use in the movie.
- When was the last time he sang it?
- What was it like working with Bay on Transformers?
- How Bay puts the cast in the heart of the explosions.
- The most scared he’s ever been was running across a building in Hong Kong.
- What is it like working for a director that doesn’t use 2nd unit, since Bay does everything himself.
- Has he read a recent draft of Ted 2 and what are his thoughts?
- What is he thinking about doing after Ted 2? Mentions projects in development like Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell, Uncharted, The Six Billion Dollar Man, American Desperados