Michael Bay’s film career began with a job at Lucasfilm
Born in Los Angeles, Bay seemed destined for the big screen from an early age. As he recalled in 2009, he used to make his own home movies when he was a boy, and in one particular instance where he set off “little firecrackers on the train”, he set fires to his room, an accident for which he was punished by his parents for two weeks.
Since the showman’s bar was already high for the young Bay, the aspiring filmmaker was eager to get a gig at Lucasfilm upon seeing “Star Wars,” a movie that Bay remembered being “bullied.” At the age of 15, Bay was living every teenager’s dream, “filing through photos and drawings of ‘Star Wars’ spaceships and seeing ‘how magic was created,’ as he recalled last April. .
Still, the snotty-nosed teenager was unimpressed when materials for a new Steven Spielberg-directed film crossed his path. “I filed the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ storyboards,” he explained. “They were tall, handsome, like in a cartoon. I look at them and say, ‘Steven is doing this movie called ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ and it’s going to suck.”
Yet a year later, when the film opened, the teenage Bay was blown away by the final product. Seeing “Raiders” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater with his parents, he remembers thinking, “Oh my God, this movie is awesome. That’s what I want to do.”