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T.J. Miller is optimistic not to be working with Michael Bay again

07.29.2014

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION came and delivered pretty much exactly what everyone thought it would, which is generally low ratings and about a billion dollars in worldwide grosses. This brings us to comedian Doug Benson who has been rocking a podcast appropriately titled Doug Loves Movies. In the most recent entry, T.J. Miller guest-starred and the topic of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION came up. I think it'll come as no shock that Bay can be a little abrasive on-set, but Miller decided to give us his take on why he's optimistic to not work with him again.

T.J. Miller on what it was like to work with Michael Bay:

Ya know, he has a specific way of communicating with people. Once he said to me, "Nothing that you've said is funny T.J.! Not one thing all day! We hired you to be funny! There's 300 people here! None of them are laughing at you! Say something funny! I can still cut you out of the movie!" And I said, "Michael, I would love that because then I would be able to leave right this instant!" And he said, "Say something funny! You haven't even made the Make-a-Wish kids laugh!" To be fair to him, I hadn't, and they were standing there like, "This . . . was not our wish." Then the second the cameras stopped rolling he would say, "Hey, do you wanna get sushi and grab drinks?" It was a very bi-polar experience.

In regards to watching the finished film:

What's random to me is that I'm in the movie. It feels like some buddy of mine was like, "Hey, I got this editor to CGI you into Transformers and you look like a f*ckin' idiot."

I've always been a fan of T.J.'s particular brand of humor, although not enough to go catch AGE OF EXTINCTION in theaters. As indifferent as I am towards the series as a whole, I'll be excited to see a different filmmaker tackle this particular brand and (fingers crossed) bring us a Transformers flick under two hours. Is that even a thing any more? A summer blockbuster under two hours? Regardless, if you dig T.J. Miller's voicework, he'll be one of the titular heroes in Disney/Marvel's BIG HERO 6 that hits theaters November 7.

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1:59AM on 07/31/2014
Michael Bay is a douche. In other news, water is wet.
Michael Bay is a douche. In other news, water is wet.
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10:55PM on 07/30/2014

i for one

was reallllly fucking glad when he got killed. it was great, like bay was saying 'this isn't going to be the same movie where there's a funny sidekick joking about everything. shit's getting real.'
was reallllly fucking glad when he got killed. it was great, like bay was saying 'this isn't going to be the same movie where there's a funny sidekick joking about everything. shit's getting real.'
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5:07PM on 07/30/2014
TJ isn't the type of person to hold anything back (his numerous appearances on Doug Loves Movies and the whole Dane Cook incident are proof of that). I'm sure that he was hired to be funny, but after just listening to this episode of the podcast, he talks a lot about the disagreements between him and Bay on what was actually funny. Bay thought the sex joke crack on Whalberg's daughter (surrogate niece to Miller's character apparently; i haven't seen this film) was hilarious, while TJ wanted
TJ isn't the type of person to hold anything back (his numerous appearances on Doug Loves Movies and the whole Dane Cook incident are proof of that). I'm sure that he was hired to be funny, but after just listening to this episode of the podcast, he talks a lot about the disagreements between him and Bay on what was actually funny. Bay thought the sex joke crack on Whalberg's daughter (surrogate niece to Miller's character apparently; i haven't seen this film) was hilarious, while TJ wanted to change it. TJ dropped someone's random name into a joke (it was a real life buddy of his) and Bay thought it was hilarious but the name was never mentioned outside of that one line and there isn't much context.

I'll just say they both seem to have differing opinions on comedy.
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11:01AM on 07/30/2014
I'm standing by, awaiting the internet's reaction....will they think Miller's just being honest and Bay has it coming? Or will people find Miller at fault...this piques my interest because of the Megan Fox incident; certainly, no one could have an issue with the comments Fox made regarding Bay several years ago if they don't have an issue with Miller's, then again, the internet rarely resorts to logic.
I'm standing by, awaiting the internet's reaction....will they think Miller's just being honest and Bay has it coming? Or will people find Miller at fault...this piques my interest because of the Megan Fox incident; certainly, no one could have an issue with the comments Fox made regarding Bay several years ago if they don't have an issue with Miller's, then again, the internet rarely resorts to logic.
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3:37AM on 07/30/2014
More like T.Gay. Buttfiller
More like T.Gay. Buttfiller
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1:54AM on 07/30/2014
So who is T.J. Miller? I only know him from Age Of Extinction...
So who is T.J. Miller? I only know him from Age Of Extinction...
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9:38PM on 07/30/2014
Have you seen Cloverfield? He was the one holding the camera, the voice you always heard.
Have you seen Cloverfield? He was the one holding the camera, the voice you always heard.
11:58PM on 07/29/2014

you know alot of you guys are ripping on M.B

and stating the material he had wasnt funny, but he was hired probably to improvise and be funny on his own without having to rely on a script. TJ just isnt that funny.
and stating the material he had wasnt funny, but he was hired probably to improvise and be funny on his own without having to rely on a script. TJ just isnt that funny.
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11:01PM on 07/29/2014

It's not TJ's fault.

Did Michael Bay stop and think that maybe the problem is that the screenplays for these movies are unfunny garbage? I doubt it.
Did Michael Bay stop and think that maybe the problem is that the screenplays for these movies are unfunny garbage? I doubt it.
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10:19PM on 07/29/2014
I'm with Michael Bay on this. TJ Miller wasn't funny in Transformers 4. A bit of chuckles here and there but not laugh-out-loud funny.
I'm with Michael Bay on this. TJ Miller wasn't funny in Transformers 4. A bit of chuckles here and there but not laugh-out-loud funny.
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11:00PM on 07/29/2014
That probably has less to do with T.J. Miller (who is a great standup comedian and can be very funny in movies and television) and more to do with the awful script.
That probably has less to do with T.J. Miller (who is a great standup comedian and can be very funny in movies and television) and more to do with the awful script.
11:26PM on 07/29/2014
Yeah, probably. The role didn't allow him to be as funny as he should be.
Yeah, probably. The role didn't allow him to be as funny as he should be.
8:24PM on 07/29/2014
This doesn't make me like Bay any less (that might be hard to do) but TJ was hired to do a job then complained when asked to do that job. Deserved to be fired or replaced IMO and I like the dude.
This doesn't make me like Bay any less (that might be hard to do) but TJ was hired to do a job then complained when asked to do that job. Deserved to be fired or replaced IMO and I like the dude.
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6:40PM on 07/29/2014
I'm not a fan of T.J. but I do want to see Silicon Valley. It's seems like everyone hates Michael Bay. He brought it on himself.
I'm not a fan of T.J. but I do want to see Silicon Valley. It's seems like everyone hates Michael Bay. He brought it on himself.
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6:26PM on 07/29/2014
TJ is pretty awesome. Love him on Silicon Valley. His character does get short changed in the film and I am not surprised Bay was such a douche to him. He is pretty funny in the movie, and judging by his brand of humor, I have to wonder how much of this is joking about working with Bay. But after hearing what others have said about working with the guy, I'm not surprised that it's probably true.
TJ is pretty awesome. Love him on Silicon Valley. His character does get short changed in the film and I am not surprised Bay was such a douche to him. He is pretty funny in the movie, and judging by his brand of humor, I have to wonder how much of this is joking about working with Bay. But after hearing what others have said about working with the guy, I'm not surprised that it's probably true.
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5:03PM on 07/29/2014
the make a wish story made me LoL
the make a wish story made me LoL
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4:42PM on 07/29/2014
He is awesome in the show Silicon Valley. Helarious show.
He is awesome in the show Silicon Valley. Helarious show.
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4:42PM on 07/29/2014
T.J obviously hasn`t worked a lot.Heaps of bosses bust your chops while your at work then are completely normal once works over.Try working in a kitchen at lunchtime, T.J .Then you`ll know Bi Polar bosses.
T.J obviously hasn`t worked a lot.Heaps of bosses bust your chops while your at work then are completely normal once works over.Try working in a kitchen at lunchtime, T.J .Then you`ll know Bi Polar bosses.
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6:22PM on 07/29/2014
Yes, but Michael Bay is a very special case. Like James Cameron, a number of people have complained about Michael Bay being a douche bag on set. Considering his attitude towards people, his consistency in making shitty movies, and the fact that he just doesn't really care probably means that he's a douche bag to work with.
Yes, but Michael Bay is a very special case. Like James Cameron, a number of people have complained about Michael Bay being a douche bag on set. Considering his attitude towards people, his consistency in making shitty movies, and the fact that he just doesn't really care probably means that he's a douche bag to work with.
8:32PM on 07/29/2014
Freeden, then why do actors and crew members consistently work with him time and time again? Not just any actors, but A-listers, he's worked with the same composer time and time again, etc. We get it, you hate Michael Bay's films, but that doesn't take anything away from his professionalism and work ethic. He's a tough boss, handling lots and lots of money from several investors... there's lots on the line and no time to dink around. You can't handle the job, don't apply. Megan Fox learned
Freeden, then why do actors and crew members consistently work with him time and time again? Not just any actors, but A-listers, he's worked with the same composer time and time again, etc. We get it, you hate Michael Bay's films, but that doesn't take anything away from his professionalism and work ethic. He's a tough boss, handling lots and lots of money from several investors... there's lots on the line and no time to dink around. You can't handle the job, don't apply. Megan Fox learned the hard way when she bad mouthed him, but she apologized and look, he gave her a role in TMNT, he's not an inhuman monster. Just because you're not a fan of his films doesn't make him a douche or have a shitty attitude towards people. I have acquaintances who have worked on his sets as PAs and set builders. Regardless of how they feel about the finished product, they've never said anything bad about Michael Bay as a person. He doesn't have a laissez-faire attitude. He's a hard worker who expects professionalism from everyone involved, no exceptions.
4:20PM on 07/29/2014
I've loved TJ in everything he has done and he had a few good lines in TF4, hope he gets another role like he had in She's Out Of My League.
I've loved TJ in everything he has done and he had a few good lines in TF4, hope he gets another role like he had in She's Out Of My League.
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3:35PM on 07/29/2014
If you're a fan of TJ - don't see Age of Extinction.
I like TJ and was dragged to the movie not even knowing he was in it. Literally the worst thing to happen to any human character in a Transformers movie happens to him. It made kids in the audience cry, it was so disturbing. He was the best non-robot part of the movie too. Seriously, do yourself a favor and avoid this POS.
If you're a fan of TJ - don't see Age of Extinction.
I like TJ and was dragged to the movie not even knowing he was in it. Literally the worst thing to happen to any human character in a Transformers movie happens to him. It made kids in the audience cry, it was so disturbing. He was the best non-robot part of the movie too. Seriously, do yourself a favor and avoid this POS.
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1:39AM on 07/30/2014
Lol, I definitely agree. I didn't know TJ was in the movie either, but smiled when he showed up. And then Lockdown goes all charcoal crisp on his ass, I was like "really??!" That actually right there killed a lot of my enjoyment of the movie. At least in Cloverfield, he makes it to the end.
Lol, I definitely agree. I didn't know TJ was in the movie either, but smiled when he showed up. And then Lockdown goes all charcoal crisp on his ass, I was like "really??!" That actually right there killed a lot of my enjoyment of the movie. At least in Cloverfield, he makes it to the end.
3:23PM on 07/29/2014
I'd get sushi with Michael Bay.
I'd get sushi with Michael Bay.
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4:38PM on 07/29/2014
As long as he paid for it.
As long as he paid for it.
3:14PM on 07/29/2014
Never saw Transformers 4, but now I know what this guy's name is. I've seen him in other stuff... I never recalled him being funny. He's a comedian? That's news to me.
Never saw Transformers 4, but now I know what this guy's name is. I've seen him in other stuff... I never recalled him being funny. He's a comedian? That's news to me.
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3:33PM on 07/29/2014
He was awesome in Get Him to the Greek LOL
He was awesome in Get Him to the Greek LOL
3:06PM on 07/29/2014

I don't like TJ Miller, never knew who he was till today.

I never liked the goofy looking guy. I never knew his name until today though. He isn't that funny. I totally see Michael Bay's side of things. If a guy is hired to be funny, and isn't, its practically insubordination.
I never liked the goofy looking guy. I never knew his name until today though. He isn't that funny. I totally see Michael Bay's side of things. If a guy is hired to be funny, and isn't, its practically insubordination.
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3:33PM on 07/29/2014
He was funny in Get Him to the Greek and She's Out of My League.
He was funny in Get Him to the Greek and She's Out of My League.
6:50PM on 07/29/2014
If you never knew who he was until today (till isn't a word)... are you really the best authority to judge his work?
If you never knew who he was until today (till isn't a word)... are you really the best authority to judge his work?
8:08PM on 07/29/2014
smooveluv: Till most certainly IS a word. It's use actually predates the word "Until." In fact, "Until" was derived from the word "Till." A lot of people use 'til, but it's actually technically incorrect. However, its frequent use in old poetry has made it fairly acceptable.
smooveluv: Till most certainly IS a word. It's use actually predates the word "Until." In fact, "Until" was derived from the word "Till." A lot of people use 'til, but it's actually technically incorrect. However, its frequent use in old poetry has made it fairly acceptable.
8:23PM on 07/29/2014
It's grammatically incorrect, despite the archaic origins of the word. I had to read and recite The Canterbury Tales in Middle English; just because those words came first doesn't make them correct.
It's grammatically incorrect, despite the archaic origins of the word. I had to read and recite The Canterbury Tales in Middle English; just because those words came first doesn't make them correct.
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3:04PM on 07/29/2014
Wow. One fn kid got an entire city to construct a fantasy for a day for his wish. These cpl kids just stood by a green screen
Wow. One fn kid got an entire city to construct a fantasy for a day for his wish. These cpl kids just stood by a green screen
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2:47PM on 07/29/2014
I was laughing so hard reading his quotes in the article. TJ Miller is hilarious! And definitely needs to be cast in more comedies. Never saw Age of Extinction so not sure how good he was in it, but something tells me he's the only redeeming thing about that movie (that and probably one of Bay's patented gratuitous bikini shots).
As for the comment that hopefully someone else can take over the franchise to deliver a good Transformers movie, unfortunately I think Bay has delivered as good a
I was laughing so hard reading his quotes in the article. TJ Miller is hilarious! And definitely needs to be cast in more comedies. Never saw Age of Extinction so not sure how good he was in it, but something tells me he's the only redeeming thing about that movie (that and probably one of Bay's patented gratuitous bikini shots).
As for the comment that hopefully someone else can take over the franchise to deliver a good Transformers movie, unfortunately I think Bay has delivered as good a movie as we can get. These movies were based on toys and a cartoon made to sell toys. The toys were meant to be played with kids using their imagination, and I'm sorry but no movie can contend with what people can dream up in their own imagination. Frankly, I think they should just let this franchise end and be done with it.
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2:18PM on 07/29/2014

LOL

His take on seeing the film. That was hilarious.
His take on seeing the film. That was hilarious.
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