What Exactly Is Michael Bay Doing In This ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Photo?

Michael Bay is a director who knows what he likes, and he has no fears about sharing those interests with you. He wants his movies to have explosions and swirling cameras and unrealistically beautiful women. (Yeah, Shia LaBeouf really rebounded from Megan Fox with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.) And he’s going to make his movies exactly how he wants to, whether you like it or not.

But a new behind-the-scenes photo from the set of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” takes things to the next level. Bay can be seen shooting something from the movie, but there is havoc all around him. Debris is flying. The sun is shining down in perfect magic hour orange light. His face is doing this intense thing.

We frankly cannot get enough of this image, so we’ve decided to give our best guesses as to what is going on here.

»The real-life Dinobots that Bay built for the movie are malfunctioning.

»Bay can only direct if there are explosions in front of and behind the camera.

»Someone forgot to feed Mark Wahlberg.

»Shia LaBeouf just found out he was written out and is attacking the set.

»They decided to stage this picture because it looks cool.

»It’s a very subtle ad for Nike.

»This was supposed to be a calm scene. Everything you see is natural Detroit.

»This is actually a still from the film, and Bay has written himself into the action as a director who knows the key to stopping the Decepticons. He also gets all the ladies.

»This is just what it looks like when you make a “Transformers” movie.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.