Michael Bay acting - Michael Bay as a NASA Scientist (uncredited) in Armageddon

You probably know Michael Bay for his work behind the camera as a blockbuster action director of films such as the Transformers and Bad Boys movies, The Rock, and Armageddon. Did you know that he’s actually appeared on screen more than a handful of times?

Notably, Michael Bay appears on screen in a brief speaking role in Kinka Usher‘s 1999 superhero comedy film Mystery Men, which starred Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and William H. Macy. This obviously isn’t new, but its one of those things that has recently bubbled up on the social sharing websites. I thought it might be interesting to show you Michael Bay’s acting history. See Michael Bay acting in five different movies and two TV shows, including one episode of Miami Vice, after the jump.

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I really wish that Mystery Men was a better movie. Released in 1999, Kinka Usher‘s loose adaptation of some of the comics of Bob Burden is a great example of where the comic book movie was in the days immediately after the release of Joel Schumacher’s Batman movies and before X-Men helped turn around the cinematic profile of comic book stories.

Which is to say: it is broad, weird, over-stylized and neither totally stupid nor particularly smart. It has a better cast than you’d expect  (Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy,, Janeane Garofalo, Eddie Izzard, Paul Reubens, Geoffrey Rush, Claire Forlani, Tom Waits) and some definite highlights as a set of misfit heroes assemble a funhouse Avengers to rescue another hero.

The film also has one weird thing that few people in 1999 would have noticed, but which is a lot more attention-getting now: a super-brief cameo from director Michael Bay. Read More »