On May 27, beautiful Hollywood actor Kate Beckinsale was on The Graham Norton Show, where she revealed that director Michael Bay doesn't think she's beautiful. You're probably thinking, "No way he actually said that," but it turns out, he pretty much did. Repeatedly, too.
When Beckinsale worked with Bay on 2001's Pearl Harbor, the director had plenty of great stuff to say about her co-stars, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, but not much to say about her. In fact, he seemed to think her one attribute was that women wouldn't find her so intimidating they'd skip the movie. She told Norton:
When we were promoting the film, Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben and Josh, and he said, "I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor." Then when he was asked about me, he'd say, "Kate wasn't so attractive that she would alienate the female audience." He kept saying it everywhere we went, and we went to a lot of places.
She's not making this up. In a 2001 interview with Movieline, when Bay was asked why he chose Kate Beckinsale, he said:
I didn't want someone who was too beautiful. Women feel disturbed when they see someone's too pretty. I'm not saying Kate's not pretty. When you look at Titanic, Kate Winslet is pretty, but not overwhelmingly beautiful. That makes it work better for women. Our Kate is very funny, could hang with the guys. She's not so neurotic about everything, like some actresses. She was solid, and I think the three of them had some really nice chemistry.
First of all, thank you, Michael Bay, for telling women what they do and don't like in other women! This is wonderful, useful information. Secondly, Kate Winslet is (also) indeed very beautiful. There is no way around that. In fact, one might argue, that's one of the reasons she's such a famous actress—she's pretty easy to look at. Third, seriously what does Michael Bay have against actresses named Kate? And lastly, how nice of him to say he chose his leading lady based mainly on how not beautiful (and also "solid") she was. That's one hundred percent not the rudest thing a person could say, technically.