- Todd Spence (twitter)
Yesterday, Michael Bay walked out of the Samsung Conference after his teleprompter failed to work properly, sending him into a panic.
It was pretty bizarre to see a director of his caliber, someone who makes billion dollar grandiose action movies not be able to handle a discussion about a television set (a really cool one apparently?). But then he released this statement after the incident:
Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.
But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.
That's it, huh? Welp. Alright then. The statment was released onto his official website.
It's interesting when you see someone like Michael Bay, who for the most part isn't held in the highest regard, in a very human moment where he just can't handle the elements of the moment; the prompter, the crowd or the public speaking. And then later release a statement where he essentially continues his pitch about the TV to us. "This one is just stellar." Give it a rest for a second, Bay. You just had a meltdown, take it easy. Before he goes into any explanation, he has to make it clear that he rarely lends his name to any products, and that this TV is just so super duper! I suppose that's his way of cleaning up the mess with the folks that paid him oodles of money to make an appearance (and lend that name of his) to the product and event.
The angle I see is if there were any time for Michael Bay to finally show us he's just a normal guy and actually lose some of his asshole reputation, it was this moment. I actually felt sorry for him, forgetting he still owed me $13 for my Transformers 2 ticket. But no, he's just salesman and always will be a salesman, whether it be big studio action movies with no brains or heart, or a television set that will likely bankrupt most of us if we choose to buy it.
Now if only Samsung released a statement thanking Michael Bay for his unexpected disappearing act because this is the most press they will see all year long.