Kate Beckinsale claims ‘Transformers’ director Michael Bay once body shamed her

British actress appeared in 2001 war movie 'Pearl Harbor'

Kate Beckinsale has revealed that director Michael Bay once body shamed her.

The British actress said he was critical of her weight and looks when she landed a role in the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor.

“I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blond,” she said.

“I’d just had my daughter and had lost weight . . . but I was told that if I got the part, I’d have to work out. And I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do that.”

She claims Bay would gush about her male co-stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, but Beckinsale told the Graham Norton Show: “Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.’ ”


Bay was previously criticised by Megan Fox, who once said the Transformers director “wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”

He recently confirmed that he will return to direct a fifth Transformers film.

Bay previously denied suggestions that he would be in the director’s seat for the film, which will star Mark Wahlberg and is scheduled for release in 2017. He was also adamant that it would be his last. The director says he’s keen to “pass the reins to someone else”.

Transformers, I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else,” he said.

The fourth and most recent instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age Of Extinction starring Mark Wahlberg, came out in 2014 and became the second film in the series to gross over $1billion worldwide.