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Michael Bay Recreated And Destroyed A Famous Monument For The Last Knight


Just like with most of his other action-packed movies, director Michael Bay has used the Transformers franchise to show off his love of explosions. When the robots in disguise are around, you can always count on things blowing up around them, and this June's Transformers: The Last Knight won't be any exception. This time around, though, one of Bay's patented explosions resulted in the loss of a major historical landmark in the Transformers universe, as the director actually recreated Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, just to instantly blow it up upon completion. According to actress Laura Haddock:

I mean the man took a whole crew and cast and unit to Stonehenge and then by the time he had made it down the road, built another Stonehenge just so he could blow it up.

While constructing a replica Stonehenge was the only course of option for Transformers: The Last Knight due to historical preservation, don't think that Michael Bay didn't ask about blowing up the real deal, as Laura Haddock added that the "question was most definitely asked." Still, while the actual Stonehenge is still up and standing for visitors to enjoy, the one in Transformers: The Last Knight will be destroyed at some point due to it being directly placed in one of the movie's battlefields. Its location also ties into the focus on Arthurian legend in this story. While we wait to see what goes down at faux Stonehenge, Haddock elaborated on what it was like working under a director who enjoys explosions so much. She explained:

Michael's sets are practical, so you would think that maybe 90 percent of this film is done on green screen, and it's really not. He loves an explosion. He absolutely loves them, so if he can use them safely, he will. Often you're running through what feels like a genuine ... battlefield. Something that kind of builds your adrenaline. You're absolutely experience what it feels like to have an explosion go off just behind you. And you're just running, running for your life.

One only has to look at Michael Bay's social media videos from when Transformers: The Last Knight was still in production to see all the effort he put in to detonating huge explosions. However, Laura Haddock to EW also noted that even on days when she walked away with cuts and bruises while acting in such scenes, she would often think, "That was one of the best days I've ever had" afterwards.

Check out the most recent Transformers: The Last Knight trailer to receive a taste of the explosive events to come in a little less than two months.

Transformers: The Last Knight rolls out into theaters on June 23. Make sure to also check out when 2017's other blockbusters are coming out so you can plan your trips to the teacher accordingly.

Adam Holmes
Senior Content Producer

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.