Anthony Hopkins has worked with numerous great filmmakers in his time, but his role in Michael Bay’s upcoming “Transformers: The Last Knight” has seemed a bit of a head scratcher.
Hopkins is certainly no stranger to genre material, such as his recent stint on HBO’s “Westworld,” nor to franchises like “Thor,” but even so his hiring seems an odd one here.
Even more unexpected though are comments this week he gave to Yahoo Movies speaking in high praise of Bay’s filmmaking skill. Hopkins, who plays an astronomer and historian who knows the ‘true history’ behind the Transformers in the film, says:
“He [Bay] was telling me about the work he did on [the Transformers bots] – how he would refine them and go into the special effects guys and design them and get all the details of light on metal and all that. He told me all that at breakfast before I started on the film. I thought ‘This guy’s a genius. He really is.’ He’s the same ilk as Oliver Stone and Spielberg and Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He’s a savant.”
Bay has been called a savant before, sometimes with another word in front of it starting with ‘i’, but even his sternest critics often admire the sheer madness and gumption of some of his technically impressive and often complex shot compositions.
We’ll see how Hopkins and Bay’s work mesh when “Transformers: The Last Knight” opens on June 23rd. That film comes ahead of a “Bumblebee” prequel spin-off which aims to begin filming in July.