Award for best dic­ta­tor goes to...

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - dclarke@irish­times.com

Har, har! Michael Bay, di­rec­tor of the ca­cophonous Trans­form­ers fran­chise, has con­firmed what many peo­ple al­ready sus­pected: he re­placed Me­gan Fox (right) for the lat­est film be­cause she com­pared him to Hitler in an in­ter­view.

“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to cre­ate this in­sane, in­fa­mous mad­man rep­u­ta­tion,” she said.

“He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a night­mare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in di­rec­tor mode, I kind of re­ally en­joy his per­son­al­ity.”

The back­track­ing in the lat­ter sec­tion of the in­ter­view sat­is­fied nei­ther Mr Bay nor his pro­ducer Steven Spiel­berg. The di­rec­tor com­mented: “ ‘You know the Hitler thing?’ Steven said. ‘Fire her right now.’ ” Touchy, touchy.

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