Michael Bay didn’t know the star of his new film before the casting

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At the premiere of his upcoming action-thriller Ambulance, director Michael Bay admitted he had no idea who one of his stars was before casting.

Michael Bay recently admitted he doesn’t know who Ambulance star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was before the casting. The venerable action director is known for his explosive Hollywood productions such as Bad Boys, The rockand the Transformers franchise. Bay’s next movie Ambulance is a high-octane thriller that centers on Yahya as Will Sharp, a war veteran who enlists his criminal brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) for a daring heist. But when things go wrong, the brothers steal an ambulance and must race through the streets of Los Angeles in an attempt to evade law enforcement.

Although Bay has directed many big-budget blockbusters with great ensemble casts, he has yet to cross paths with Abdul-Mateen. The actor’s career is relatively new, scoring his first major role on the hip-hop and R&B musical series Baz Lurhmann in 2016. Lowering for Netflix. Her career quickly began a meteoric rise with roles in Baywatch, The greatest showmanand the DCEUs Aquaman, featuring one of the titular character’s most famous villains, Black Manta. Yahya is set to reprise the role in the sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023).

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EO reports that Ambulance director Michael Bay didn’t know who Abdul-Mateen was before casting him in his next action flick. By introducing Ambulance at the film’s premiere, Bay admitted he didn’t know the star until he met him during the casting process, jokingly saying, “What is a Yahya?The director later admitted that after watching some of the actor’s work, he quickly realized that “this guy is going to be a star.”


Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ambulance

Not to be outdone, Abdul-Mateen joined co-stars Gyllenhaal and Eiza Gonzalez on stage at the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum and teased the director. The actor said he wished he could have a drink with the director, then quickly listed some of his major accomplishments as an actor, including his role as Black Panther lead Bobby Searle in the award-winning film. The Chicago 7 Trialas well as the HBO limited series The Watchers, which earned him an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Abdul-Mateen’s latest film saw the actor reprise Laurence Fishburne’s iconic role as Morpheus in the Matrix the latest iteration of the franchise, The Matrix Resurrections.


Given that Abdul-Mateen’s acting career in Hollywood is relatively young, it’s plausible that director Michael Bay was unaware of the actor’s existence. But it also indicates that Bay shouldn’t watch a lot of TV or movies, or maybe avoid mainstream productions, as Abdul-Mateen has starred in some of the biggest movies and shows of the past five years, including the television. black mirror and The Handmaid’s Taleas well as candy man, Weand Aquaman on the big screen. Abdul-Mateen will light up the streets of Ambulance which hits theaters on April 8.

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Source: EW

  • Ambulances (2022)Release date: April 08, 2022

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