It’s also the record-holder for the world’s largest movie explosion, Bay tells Empire in a new interview, even though officials at Guinness would have you believe the title goes to Spectre. Just recently, No Time to Die grabbed another Guinness record, for the most high explosives denoted in a single scene.
Bay would like a word with Guinness, because they got their numbers wrong. As argument, he brings up the attack scene in Pearl Harbor (see the video below), which required several real planes and boats, because Bay is also famously against relying completely on CGI for such scenes. If you’re going to bring
“No one knows how hard that is. We had so much big stuff out there. Real boats, 20 real planes. We had 350 events going off. Three months of rigging on seven boats, stopping a freeway that’s three miles away,” Bay says. “James Bond tried to take the ‘largest explosion in the world.’ Bulls**t. Ours is.”
Bay is very serious about Bayhem, which should hardly come as a surprise for the guy who made a reputation out of blowing up stuff, whether it’s expensive cars, war gear, or giant transforming robots from space. In fact, he says for the same publication, exploding stuff on the big screen isn’t as easy as you might be tempted to believe.
“There’s a special sauce for explosions,” he argues. “It’s like a recipe. I see some directors do it, and they look cheesy, or it won’t have a shockwave. There are certain ways with explosions where you’re mixing different things, and different types of explosions to make it look more realistic. It’s like making a Caesar salad.”
A salad where the ingredients are expensive planes, cars, and ships.