When Michael Bay and the crew of Transformers 4 descended upon Detroit, residents were warned to expect “simulated gunfire, controlled pyrotechnic explosions, precision driving involving squealing tires, controlled vehicle crashes and smoke” during filming. The Hollywood production didn’t disappoint. Detroit’s Grand Circus Park, dressed up to look like a ravaged Hong Kong, was the site of all of the above, as Mark Wahlberg, who takes over the franchise from Shia LaBeouf, dodged multiple explosions.
Watch two amateur recordings of the scene, which really give a greater appreciation of Bay’s talents — because you know this will look magnificent once it’s all pieced together on screen.
In the movie, due June 27, 2014, Wahlberg plays an inventor and the single dad of a teenage daughter. “I realize early on that she hasn’t been completely honest with me and she has a boyfriend,” says Wahlberg. “And that’s a lot for me to accept as I’m trying so desperately to protect her and shelter her.”
It’s fair to say that character description isn’t the main thrust of the movie. After all, this is a Transformers movie from Michael Bay, not a relationship piece by Todd Field. And Wahlberg, who worked with Bay on Pain and Gain, has a tremendous appreciation for his director’s ability. “He knows every single piece of everything and you just kind of watch him in awe at how he kind of has it all in his head and brings it all to life,” says Wahlberg. “He runs this huge, huge production like an orchestra. It’s insane. It’s so incredible to watch.”
Transformers 4 has about four more weeks of filming on Detroit before production shifts to Chicago.