We were expecting fireworks on waking, a fight between CGI'd port cranes by breakfast, and a Ben Affleck death scene before our first cafecito. But apparently Michael Bay Day is operating on Miami-Dade's budget, and we've all got to settle for humidity.
Yep, the explosion-happy Hollywood director of "The Rock", "Armageddon", "Pearl Harbor," and "Transformers" is enjoying his very own day today in Miami, thanks to County Commissioner Sally Heyman's motion for a special proclamation to honor Bay's "contributions and the positive economic impact his films have had on Miami-Dade County."
According to the county, it's essentially a way to say thanks for setting a couple movies in the 305 and plunking down for some real estate:
Michael Bay's first feature-length film, "Bad Boys I" starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was shot in Miami in 1994 and grossed over $141 million at the box office. Bad Boys II was also shot on location in Miami and has grossed $273 million worldwide. Bad Boys I and II together expended approximately $60 million into the local economy...
Mr. Bay is currently shooting "Pain and Gain" throughout different locations in Miami-Dade County. The project is expected to infuse approximately $25 million into the local economy between March and May 2012. Mr. Bay, who also owns a home in Miami Beach, is committed to the success of the industry here in South Florida.
Unfortunately, the honor doesn't mean Bay gets to run the city all day, ordering us all on vacation while pitting Sanitation against Housing in a fiery battle between manned department vehicles. He just shows up at Government Center for a little love, and then trundles back to work. Just like a county employee.