Michael Bay’s new movie Ambulancewho finds Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II caught in a robbery that went wrong, arrives in US theaters later in April. But that did not stop the action director from flirting with a little controversy: During the film’s European Press Tour, Bay seemed to have some criticism for Ambulancethe effects of CG, and how they were not able to dampen.
In a video interview with the director and cast of the European theater chain Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont, Bey explained that most of the film was full of practical effects, while some visual effects were inferior.
“Some of the CGIs are shit in this movie,” Bay says in the edited video. “There are some shots I was not happy with, okay?”
However, in a recent telephone interview, Bay himself clarified to Polygon what exactly he meant.
When asked if he did not like the effects, Bay said, “It’s a bit of a misnomer. […] That day you say something, [then] they take it out “.
Bay went on to explain how CGI was used Ambulance and how it fits into its overall process.
“We did very little CGI for this movie,” Bay said. There are some very good ones and then there are some shots that I say: ‘I wish I had more time’, whatever it is. There is a very good job [in this movie.] I have always had a very good CGI. […] “But yes, there are a lot of real explosions, real traffic accidents, real things.”
Without missing a beat, Bay remembered his early days combining practical and CG effects Bad Boysand his potentially invisible achievement Pearl Harbor. He noted that the action film of his time won a place in the Guinness Book of Records thanks to the complexity of one of the film’s explosive sequences (although Ghost later stole the title). According to Bay, a single download Pearl Harbor involved blowing up seven ships with 350 explosives in seven seconds, while 20 planes went into the air. The trick was “a lot of pressure, let me tell you, and it was an amazing, amazing shot – but it was real,” he says. “Then we add some other elements to it. “But all these are real explosions, it took three months to set up.”
So while Bay says the viral clip by hitting its visual effects team went out of context, it remains a provider of CG-enhanced practice effects.
“I’m kind of dying where I do my own stunts, and we do it, and I work with the best people in the world. For me this is fun. “I do not like doing it on computers.”
Ambulance is set to hit US theaters on April 8.