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Michael Bay gets an earful from ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ fans, an apology from Chris O’Dowd

Michael Bay. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The “Transformers” director has upset the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”-loving corner of the Internet with comments he made about the new live-action “Turtles” film he’s producing. Bay said at the recent Nickelodeon Upfront (via

Kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist, when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.

As many (many, many, many) others have pointed out, you can’t make the turtles aliens. Their mutation from normal reptiles to crime-fighters via radioactive goop is a crucial part of their origin story. “Mutant” is in the title for a reason.

Of course, Bay may have misspoken when he used the phrase “alien race” and everyone is getting worked up for naught. But if this is not a mistake — and Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael are actually going to be aliens for some reason — Bay should prepare to feel the wrath of “TMNT” fan boys everywhere.

(Update: Bay has responded by telling fans to “take a breath and chill.”)

Bay’s name also made headlines last week after “Bridesmaids” star Chris O’Dowd commented on the director’s very public falling out with Megan Fox, the Irish actor’s “Friends With Kids” co-star. O’Dowd told the Toronto Sun:

I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but it's all down to having a fallout with Michael Bay. But who wouldn't have a fallout with him? It's one of the sexist things (sic) I've ever seen. She called him an [expletive]. Well, he is [an expletive expletive]. She’s not the only one who has said that. Why has she been singled out?

When asked whether he was afraid his comments would prevent him from working with Bay, O’Dowd replied, “I would never [expletive] watch his films, never mind go and act in them.”

After the comments were picked up by a number of outlets, O’Dowd took to Twitter to say he was “largely misquoted” in the piece and meant that the media were the sexist player in the event. He also, apparently, sent a very self-deprecating apology to Bay, which was then published on the director’s official Web site. (Read the NSFW apology here.)

“It was naive of me to assume a remark aimed at the sexism in the entertainment press would reach its target in the entertainment press. I’m new to all this and that was stupid of me,” O’Dowd said in the apology. “You clearly got caught in the crossfire and I’m sorry about that.”

Maybe O’Dowd does want to star in the fourth “Transformers” film after all.


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