Eiza Gonzalez detailed conflicts on set with Michael Bay years after both Megan Fox and Kate Beckinsale revealed unpleasant experiences with the filmmaker
The 32-year-old Mexican actress admitted to getting into arguments with the 57-year-old filmmaker while filming Ambulance.
Eiza revealed that she and Bay had clashed over the portrayal of her paramedic character Cam Thompson.
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Passionate: Eiza Gonzalez admitted to getting into arguments with director Michael Bay while filming Ambulance, as the two are seen at an event in Paris last month
Caring for her craft: The 32-year-old Mexican actress revealed that she and the 57-year-old filmmaker had clashed over the portrayal of her paramedic character Cam Thompson
She told Screenrant in an interview Tuesday that she and Bay ‘went at each other, at our throats’ on set.
Eiza explained: ‘[The argument was over] Something I did. I was frustrated because listen, I felt a lot of pressure to bring to life a paramedic that felt real in the time that we’re living.
‘First responders have been dedicating their lives fully, forever obviously, but more than ever. It’s very transparently obvious what they are bringing to our society. And so I just didn’t want to make a joke or cartoon version of who they were.’
Going at it: She told Screenrant in an interview Tuesday that she and Bay ‘went at each other, at our throats’ on set (they are seen together in Berlin last month)
She certainly seemed to be taking the role very seriously as she really wanted to embody the character.
Eiza explained: ‘I really wanted to level up and bring something that would feel proud of. So I was very vocal about certain things that I didn’t feel would be right.
‘And then he’d be like, “Just let me do it. Trust me.” So we would butt heads a lot, but that’s part of the creative process. It’s sort of speaking up about what your thoughts are and then finding a common ground.’
‘I really wanted to level up and bring something that would feel proud of’: She (seen in London last month) certainly seemed to be taking the role very seriously as she really wanted to embody the character
Things ended up being copacetic after the dust up as Eiza told the publication that they got along perfectly after that as they were comfortable enough to discuss their ideas.
This is not the first time an actress has detailed an unpleasant experience with Bay as both Megan Fox and Kate Beckinsale have talked about working with the filmmaker.
Back in June 2020, Megan called the movie industry ‘ruthlessly misogynistic’ in a viral Instagram post as she responded to a viral discussion on how she has been mistreated by Hollywood and sexualized as a young actress.
Megan addressed the rumors of her mistreatment at the hands of directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, who feature in several anecdotes circulating online.
Referencing the time Bay asked her to wear a bikini and dance under a waterfall in Bad Boys II, Megan wrote, ‘I was around 15 or 16 years old when I was an extra in Bad Boys II. There are multiple interviews where I shared the anecdote of being chosen for the scene and the conversations that took place surrounding it. It’s important to note however that when I auditioned for Transformers I was 19 or 20.’
She goes on to describe her experience auditioning for Transformers in response to fans who say she was taken advantage of.
‘I did ‘work’ (me pretending to know how to hold a wrench) on one of Michael’s Ferrari’s during one of the audition scenes. It was at the Platinum Dunes studio parking lot, there were several other crew members and employees present and I was at no point undressed or anything similar.
‘So as far as this particular audition story I was not underaged at the time and I was not made to ‘wash’ or work on someone’s cars in a way that was extraneous from the material in the actual script.
‘I hope that whatever opinions are formed around these episodes will at least be seeded in the facts of the events.
‘When it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, and Steven for that matter, I was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner,’ she continued.
Hinting at more traumatic experiences in the industry, Megan teased the ‘many names’ that ‘deserve to be going viral in cancel culture’.
She ended her note, ‘I’m thankful to all of you who are brave enough to speak out and I’m grateful to all of you who are taking it upon yourselves to support, uplift, and bring comfort to those who have been harmed by a violent and toxic societal paradigm.’
In 2011 Megan was fired from Transformers, after rocketing to fame in their first two movies.
The move came after she compared director Michael Bay to Hitler, and was rumoured to have been at executive producer Steven Spielberg’s request.
At the time she had told Wonderland magazine of Bay: ‘He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous madman reputation.
‘He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all.
‘And it’s endearing to watch him. He’s vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he’s a tyrant. Shia [LaBeouf] and I almost die when we make a Transformers movie. He has you do some really insane things that insurance would never let you do.’
However Bay later revealed the duo were back on good terms, describing her as ‘family’.
Meanwhile, Ambulance stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen as Will, a military veteran who turns to his adopted brother Danny — a life-long criminal played by Jake Gyllenhaal — when he needs money to pay for surgery for his wife.
Danny brings Will into a plot to rob a bank for $32 million, but when the rest of their crew are gunned down by police, they hijack an ambulance with EMT Cam Thompson (Gonzalez).
Although she initially tries to escape, she opts to stay with the two fleeing men as she tries to save the life of a police officer whom Will shot.
Ambulance hits theaters this Friday, April 8.
Highly-anticipated: Ambulance – also starring Jake Gyllenhaal – hits theaters this Friday, April 8