Michael Bay may be a megadirector, but he showed Monday night that he’s very much susceptible to something that many of us get – stage fright. Bay made a guest appearance at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but his appearance lasted a measly 47 seconds, reports Yahoo! Movies on Monday.
With typical Vegas fanfare, Bay was introduced to a darkened room lit up by huge screens with scenes from Bay’s movies flashing behind the stage.
“Ladies and gentlemen, director and producer Michael Bay,” the host says as Bay walks out to applause with his name written in giant "Transformers" font.
Bay is clearly uncomfortable from the get go, as he does a little awkward heel kick, turns to the audience and starts wringing his hands.
“How is everyone today?” Bay asks. “Uh, my job, as a director, is I get to dream as a living.” Bay then looks like he was supposed to say more, and turns back to the host for help. When asked by the Host what inspires him, Bay muddles through an excruciating explanation and eventually says, “Sorry, the type is all off, but I’ll just wing this.”
Bay, who was there to discuss Samsung's new curved HDTVs, was thrown off guard by an apparent teleprompter error that stifled his scripted speech.
“We’ll wing it right now,” Bay repeats. “Um, I take, I try to take, people on an emotional ride, and um…”
The host tries to bail him out. “The Curve?” he asks, referring to the Samsung TV behind the two men. “How do you think it’s going to impact how viewers experience your movies?”
Bay then does an about-face and storms off. “Excuse me, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”
This didn’t help either: “Ladies and gentlemen let’s thank Michael Bay for joining us,” the host says to a smattering of confused applauders.
Bay did own his gaffe though, responding on his blog with this explanation:
Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES - I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP's intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down - then I walked off. I guess live shows aren't my thing.