Michael Bay’s Statement in Response to Reports He Body-Shamed Kate Beckinsale

Director Michael Bay has acknowledged the reports saying he body-shamed Kate Beckinsale, the female lead in his 2001 movie Pearl Harbor.

Bay wrote on his website that he and Beckinsale are in fact very friendly, and says her anecdote about him telling her to diet for the movie was blown out of proportion.

Using a poster of Beckinsale hanging over his desk for the last 15 years as proof that they get along famously, Bay wrote:

Yesterday I read in the press that I don’t think Kate Beckinsale is “a stunning beauty,” huh? And they went on to suggest that Kate and I don’t like each other?

Well, totally untrue. Kate and I are friendly. She is a fantastic actress, very funny, witty lady, sassy, speaks her mind, and I truly respect her. That’s why she has come to so many of my Christmas parties and Birthday parties. This so called ‘problem of us not liking each other’ was reported by a tabloid-esque reporter after Kate appeared on an edgy English talk show, speaking about our meeting 16 years ago while casting Pearl Harbor. The reporter made her story into some scandalous confrontation, when it was nothing of the sort. Spoke to Kate today and she felt she told a funny story.

He then went on to defend his comments to her:

So I guess I was the “bad guy” 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl—and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie. Note to reporters: 95 % of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!

Beckinsale, of course, said on the Graham Norton Show last week that Bay questioned her looks and post-baby body, forcing her to go on a diet and work out.

I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde. 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.