Michael Bay has offered a half-baked apology to his Pearl Harbour star Kate Beckinsale after suggesting the British actress wasn’t attractive.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show last week, Beckinsale revealed how Bay was critical of her looks.
“I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay the director had met before,” she said. “I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde.”
Beckinsale’s classic English rose looks set in stark contrast to the usual Bay leading lady: Megan Fox, Scarlett Johansson or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley she most definitely isn’t.
Bay has now addressed the matter on his personal website, issuing a mea culpa that reads like so: “Yesterday, I read in the press that I don’t think Kate Beckinsale is ‘a stunning beauty’, huh? And they went on to suggest that Kate and I don’t like each other? Well, totally untrue. Kate and I are friendly.
“She is a fantastic actress, very funny, witty lady, sassy, speaks her mind, and I truly respect her. That’s why she has come to so many of my Christmas parties and birthday parties.”
“Yesterday, I read in the press that I don’t think Kate Beckinsale is ‘a stunning beauty’, huh?”
Bay then seemingly chastised Graham Norton’s “edgy” chat show for kick-starting the tabloid churn mill and making look like an idiot.
“This so-called ‘problem of us not liking each other’ was reported by a tabloid-esque reporter after Kate appeared on an edgy English talk show, speaking about our meeting 16 years ago while casting Pearl Harbor,” he explained.
“The reporter made her story into some scandalous confrontation, when it was nothing of the sort.”
Bay the swiftly tried to cover his tracks with the “everybody does it” excuse, saying he was trying to get her into shape with a trainer because she’d just given birth to her daughter.
He continued: “I was the ‘bad guy’ 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl – and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie.
“Note to reporters: 95% of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!”