Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers’ Machine Wears Down Mark Wahlberg

He's got the touch, but he's running out of the power.

Michael Bay movies are enormous, high-energy spectacles that can take a lot out of any actor. But making two Michael Bay movies in a row is tiring enough to even make Mark Wahlberg want to take a breather.

I caught up with Wahlberg on the red carpet premiere for “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in New York City, and one of Hollywood’s busiest actors seemed ready for his well-deserved break.

Wahlberg had signed onto “Transformers” shortly after finishing work on “Pain & Gain,” Bay’s previous movie, and the actor said that his director prepared him for the toy-based blockbuster series.

“You kind of get an idea of what it is, as far as the stunts and the level of action, but you don’t know until you’re going through it. You’ve just got to be prepared to be bumped around and stay as healthy as possible. You don’t want to slow up the production or the process. Just be ready when he calls you,” Wahlberg said.

“The biggest difference was that there were twice as many shooting days and a much bigger crew. It’s the same kind of great energy, a very collaborative environment that he creates for all of the actors. To me, it was very similar, actually.”

As the new lead of the series, it’s likely that Wahlberg will have a few more run-ins with the Autobots soon, but right now, he just wants some time off.

“I’m looking forward to a little bit of a break, after the shooting of it and now, of course, the promoting of it, but I’m excited about ['Age of Extinction']. I know people are going to love it,” he said. “It can be taxing, especially the promoting of it. Working, I’m in that grind every day, so it’s fine. Literally going country to country and continent to continent, you can’t beat jetlag.”

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” opens in theaters on June 27.

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