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Will Michael Bay not be allowed to blow up the National Mall in Transformers 3?

Jun. 10, 2010by: George Merchan

Is Destroyer of Worlds Michael Bay being seen as a threat to national security?

As much as we'd love to think so, not really. But in the eyes of National Park Service, he and his Autobots and his disregard for coherent cinema are certainly a threat to the nicely mowed lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol.

From The Washington Post: Bill Line, Park Service spokesman, said the producers "have asked to do some things that simply are not done on the National Mall," among them staging a "car race" along the Mall's gravel paths and flooding it with artificial light in order to shoot at night.

"A lot of this could be more appropriately shot in a Hollywood studio," Line said. "The National Mall is not an area in which Americans come to see high-tech action movies being shot."


Producers from both Paramount and DreamWorks are said to be currently in negotiations with Park Services, determining exactly how many days the production will remain in the district and what they'll be able to do there.

The companies had planned a colossal number of filming days -- about 14 -- in addition to an expected month or more of time in D.C. for other production needs. Now the period of "principal photography" might be whittled down to less than a week, despite the project having director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg at the helm.

Paramount spokeswoman Gabriela Gutentag said with negotiations ongoing, she did not know how many days the company would end up filming in D.C. "We've gone from two weeks to 10 days to three days to seven days; I don't really know," she said.


Keep in mind that TRANSFORMERS 3 is a $200 million-budgeted project. One that's creating jobs and injecting much-needed revenue into DC's local economy. Park Service, for all their "get off my lawn" crotchetiness, is I imagine cutting those figures in half. Hey, way to go!
Extra Tidbit: Here's my thing: You'd think the production would know what they can or can't do WAY BEFORE they actually got there. This reminds me of first year film school, where I didn't know you needed a permit to film at the mall and inevitably got chased around by security.

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12:41AM on 06/11/2010

Michael...

I have an idea: blow YOURSELF up.
I have an idea: blow YOURSELF up.
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5:45PM on 06/10/2010
I guess I should be happy Bay is trying to be more responsible with his location shooting. Remember that scene in transformers 2 when they are in the "National Air and Space Museum", but it looks nothing like that museum. Than they go outside and are the middle of a field? How many fields do you see in that picture above? Trick question, D.C. doesn't have any. God, that movie was insulting to people's intellignece in so many ways.
I guess I should be happy Bay is trying to be more responsible with his location shooting. Remember that scene in transformers 2 when they are in the "National Air and Space Museum", but it looks nothing like that museum. Than they go outside and are the middle of a field? How many fields do you see in that picture above? Trick question, D.C. doesn't have any. God, that movie was insulting to people's intellignece in so many ways.
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12:16PM on 06/10/2010
Here's my thing: Shut up bitch!
Here's my thing: Shut up bitch!
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11:52AM on 06/10/2010

Dammit

Let him blow up anything.
Let him blow up anything.
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11:39AM on 06/10/2010
as much as people hate on Bay he does go to a lot of locations rather then shoot them in a movie studio or sound stage.. and it shows in his movies.
as much as people hate on Bay he does go to a lot of locations rather then shoot them in a movie studio or sound stage.. and it shows in his movies.
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10:25AM on 06/10/2010
Anyone know if or where to look for an extras casting call for this in DC? I'm sure it's gonna suck, but it's only a half hour away.....
Anyone know if or where to look for an extras casting call for this in DC? I'm sure it's gonna suck, but it's only a half hour away.....
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9:20AM on 06/10/2010
READ THIS BAYFENSTAHL:

You think you are a master that can destroy the career of servants who aren't in line with your propaganda?

Now you get what you deserve for bashing President Obama in TF2!
Your C*ck-sucking days in the White House are over!
I hope Obama cuts your access to the Pentagon and Military, too!

Now tell me, who's master and who is servant.

HAHAHAHA
READ THIS BAYFENSTAHL:

You think you are a master that can destroy the career of servants who aren't in line with your propaganda?

Now you get what you deserve for bashing President Obama in TF2!
Your C*ck-sucking days in the White House are over!
I hope Obama cuts your access to the Pentagon and Military, too!

Now tell me, who's master and who is servant.

HAHAHAHA
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9:13AM on 06/10/2010
As a Washington D.C. resident who takes great pride in my city's rich history and cultural heritage, I say we absolutely let Michael Bay blow up whatever monument or landmark he wants. Mainly so I can go down there and see that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley chick running around in minimal clothing.
As a Washington D.C. resident who takes great pride in my city's rich history and cultural heritage, I say we absolutely let Michael Bay blow up whatever monument or landmark he wants. Mainly so I can go down there and see that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley chick running around in minimal clothing.
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7:09AM on 06/10/2010

Great idea

I'm up for the idea of Michael Bay blowing up the national mall, if he's in the middle of it while blowing it up
I'm up for the idea of Michael Bay blowing up the national mall, if he's in the middle of it while blowing it up
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