The Oral History of Michael Bay: Bonus Outtake #1 — Rosie’s Story

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: “I first met Michael back in 2009; it was on the set of the Christmas commercial for Victoria’s Secret. I remember the first thing Michael said to me— before he even introduced himself or asked me my name—was  “Can you walk?” And I looked at him like, “What is this man talking about? Yeah, of course I can walk.” And then he proceeded to tell them to get me in the car, and then I was driven—I mean, honestly, I want to say it was about half a mile out in the desert. I kept thinking, “This is a joke, right?” And the car dumped me in the middle of the desert. All I was wearing was a bra and underwear and a big, billowing, black, floor-length cape and high heels. And he says, “OK, when we shout action, you’re going to walk!” and I assumed I would be doing this in several stages. They yelled action, and the car sped off back to set, and I just was like, “Well, what am I supposed to do?” So I walked all the way back to where the camera was standing, which took me—I would say a good 10, 12 minutes, and it was a proper runway stomp—on salt flats; it was like 100 degrees, felt like fire. I remember walking back and being not impressed by the whole thing. I was pretty pissed off afterwards; I just looked at Michael, and he goes, “I guess you can walk, then.”

Earlier this week, we posted the bits about What Really Happened With Megan Fox. The full-length version is on sale now in the July 2011 print edition. On Monday, we’ll be publishing a 7000-word extended cut of the oral history at GQ.com. And still: there were bits of gold-dusted oral-history anecdotery that we couldn’t fit anywhere else, so we’re posting them here, one at a time, on the GQ Tumblr. This great bizarro-world “meet cute” story from the new girl was just too excellent to leave on the cutting-room floor. So here ya go. Tomorrow: the letter that Frances McDormand sent to GQ’s Sean Fennessey (the fearless captain of this project) about her Transformers boss.
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The Oral History of Michael Bay:
Bonus Outtake #1 — Rosie’s Story

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: “I first met Michael back in 2009; it was on the set of the Christmas commercial for Victoria’s Secret. I remember the first thing Michael said to me— before he even introduced himself or asked me my name—was  “Can you walk?” And I looked at him like, “What is this man talking about? Yeah, of course I can walk.” And then he proceeded to tell them to get me in the car, and then I was driven—I mean, honestly, I want to say it was about half a mile out in the desert. I kept thinking, “This is a joke, right?” And the car dumped me in the middle of the desert. All I was wearing was a bra and underwear and a big, billowing, black, floor-length cape and high heels. And he says, “OK, when we shout action, you’re going to walk!” and I assumed I would be doing this in several stages. They yelled action, and the car sped off back to set, and I just was like, “Well, what am I supposed to do?” So I walked all the way back to where the camera was standing, which took me—I would say a good 10, 12 minutes, and it was a proper runway stomp—on salt flats; it was like 100 degrees, felt like fire. I remember walking back and being not impressed by the whole thing. I was pretty pissed off afterwards; I just looked at Michael, and he goes, “I guess you can walk, then.”

Earlier this week, we posted the bits about What Really Happened With Megan Fox. The full-length version is on sale now in the July 2011 print edition. On Monday, we’ll be publishing a 7000-word extended cut of the oral history at GQ.com. And still: there were bits of gold-dusted oral-history anecdotery that we couldn’t fit anywhere else, so we’re posting them here, one at a time, on the GQ Tumblr. This great bizarro-world “meet cute” story from the new girl was just too excellent to leave on the cutting-room floor. So here ya go. Tomorrow: the letter that Frances McDormand sent to GQ’s Sean Fennessey (the fearless captain of this project) about her Transformers boss.