Scarlett Johansson has proven she’s willing to undress for the camera if the story calls for it. But whereas some celebrities may feel uncomfortable being nude on film, there was one Michael Bay film the Black Widow star insisted to strip for. But Bay couldn’t agree to her demands.
Michael Bay has a bit of a reputation for being unflattering towards his female actors. As some remember, Megan Fox once called out the actor for his behavior. Kate Beckinsale, who worked with Bay on Pearl Harbor, also didn’t share fond memories of the director. Bay once told Beckinsale that she wasn’t attractive enough to star in the historical romance.
“I think he was very alarmed because I wasn’t blond and my boobs weren’t bigger than my head, I didn’t make sense to him as an attractive woman,” Beckinsale told Yahoo. “So there was a lot of panic and concern over ‘how on earth are we gonna make her attractive?’ You’d think you’d take that really personally, but I sort of managed not to. It’s so extreme I kind of didn’t.”
But Johansson claimed her experience with the director on the movie, The Island, was nothing like that. In fact, the Avengers star had nothing but kind words for Bay.
“Michael is so incredibly energetic, he never ever leaves the set. I was convinced he never used the bathroom because he was never gone…. You have to love these characters to want to go on an adventure with them,” Johansson said according to IGN.
In Michael Bay’s 2005 sci-fi thriller, The Island, Johansson impressed and surprised the filmmaker with her attitude towards nudity. The actor revealed that she was willing to disrobe for the film because it was better than the alternative.