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Stanley Tucci may be most famous for his stellar work in franchises such as The Hunger Games and his Oscar-nominated performance in The Lovely Bones, but the acclaimed actor has also helmed a number of his own films, developing a unique directorial style.

After ten years away from the director's chair, has returned with Last Portrait, a fascinating character study of the Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, that stars Geoffrey Rush in the lead role.

While promoting his fifth feature as director in the 2017, talk led to Tucci's upcoming performance in , and whether directors like Michael Bay influence his own filmmaking.

Did Michael Bay's Directing Style Have An Impact On Tucci's Work Developing 'Final Portrait'?

Transformers: Age of Extinction [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
Transformers: Age of Extinction [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Speaking to Movie Pilot, Tucci revealed that;

"There's no question that when you work on a big movie like that, particularly with someone like Michael, it's going to influence you. Michael's understanding of the technology of film is pretty incredible and of how to move a camera... So without question, there are influences there. I love Michael's spontaneity, I love the way he works with actors. It's not dissimilar in a weird way than how I work with them... Every job you do, you learn something. You either learn how to do something, or how not to do something."

The spectacle of Transformers: The Last Knight may appear to be a million miles removed from arthouse fare such as Final Portrait, but all of the Michael Bay haters out there should take note. Tucci has garnered huge acclaim over the years after all, both behind and in front of the camera, so his opinion on the blockbuster filmmaker is worth hearing out.

How Does Michael Bay Influence Stanley Tucci's Directing Style?

Transformers: Age of Extinction [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
Transformers: Age of Extinction [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

When asked to provide a specific example of how Bay has influenced his directorial work, Tucci explained to us that;

"Michael's understanding of composition and camera placement is pretty incredible. I learned a lot from that. He'll be shooting and he'll suddenly say 'give me that camera' and he'll just grab the camera and get down at a certain angle and be like put that over there... Ok go! And you see that angle he's picked and you're like 'That's fucking brilliant,' and nobody else saw it. So for me, that was really incredibly helpful."

Tucci later joked that when he's stuck on how to proceed during the filmmaking process, he tries to imagine what Michael would do, which inevitably leads to things being blown up. Admittedly, Stanley has a point here:

Joking aside though, many movie buffs may be quick to deride Bay as a hack or a sell-out, one who's more interested in the big bucks than anything else. However, even films like require a high level of technical artistry and understanding, something which Tucci has clearly been inspired by on some level.

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The Transformers franchise may never win big at a prestigious awards festival like the Berlinale, but whether you're a fan or not, there's arguably more talent working behind the cameras than some might realize. Tucci's views may not transform your opinion entirely, but maybe it's time we gave Michael Bay some credit for helming one of the most successful franchises of all time... or we can just wait and see how Transformers: The Last Knight turns out. Your call.


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