Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci
Co-starring: Shia LaBeouf (as Sam Witwicky), Megan Fox (as Mikaela Banes), Josh Duhamel (as Major Lennox), Tyrese Gibson (as USAF Master Sergeant Epps), John Turturro (as Agent Simmons), Ramon Rodriguez (as Leo Spitz)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Filming: Isabel filmed her scenes in Philadelphia, in mid 2008.
Box Office: Took $108m opening weekend (US). Has now made $836m worldwide ($402m in US, and $434m outside US).
With the help of the Autobots, the soldiers of NEST, and an old adversary-turned-ally, Sam and Mikaela must uncover the secret history of the Transformers presence on earth, and the sacrifices that have to be made to save it from an ancient threat sworn on returning here for revenge… an ancient Decepticon named THE FALLEN.
UK – June 19th 2009
US – June 24th 2009
Australia – June 24th 2009
Photos: Gallery at Isabel Lucas Online
Videos: coming soon
• Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was Isabel’s big breakout role in America. She received a lot of publicity, with a lot of bloggers dedicating posts to comparing her to Megan Fox.
• Isabel’s character Alice is a Decepticon that pretends to be a co-ed of Sam and is very forward in her advances on him. She may have a secret though!
• Teresa Palmer was originally cast as Alice.
• The Decepticon Alice is classified as a Pretender, a robot that maintains a bio-organic shell.
• Continuity error: When Sam is kissing Alice on the bed there’s a fan in the window, but when Mikaela comes back into the room and throws the box with Wheelie in it at Alice the window is closed and the fan is leaning against the wall.
• Continuity error: After Mikaela throws the metal box at Alice and breaks the window, when Sam runs out of his dorm room screaming we see (and have seen multiple times prior to this) the wall and bathroom door opposite his door. Oddly enough, in the next shot from the hallway, Sam, Mikaela and Leo are actually leaving from a door that’s farther down the hallway. Sam’s actual door is the first one on the right, opposite the bathroom door – there is a bike wheel leaning against the wall beside the bathroom door.
• Isabel only has about 5 minutes screen time.
• Isabel was reportedly recommended for this role by Steven Spielberg, after she worked with him on The Pacific. Director Michael Bay denies this though…
• … Isabel confirms the real story though – she says that Steven Spielberg called her agent after she filmed her scenes for The Pacific, and asked for her to read for Transformers. Isabel says Spielberg calling and asking for her personally was “surreal”.
• The effects used for Alice’s transformation took 3 months to make.
• Isabel admits that this high-technology project is a bit at odds with her environmental image. She tried to suggest to director Michael Bay to use hybrid cars in the film, but he was “not really that way inclined”, she says! She did teach him about off-setting though.
• Admits this is not the genre of film she sees most, or is drawn to most, but says that what’s so wonderful about being an actor is “that you can play so many different roles in so many diverse genres of film.”
• Calls the film “epic” and a film “unto it’s own”.
• This film recorded the largest explosion to ever be in any film.
• Was in an acting class when she found out she got the role, and says she was completely taken aback and surprised!
• Says it feels amazing to be part of the Transformers legacy.
• Isabel only saw the script when she went into production on the film, because of the secrecy around the story. She says the secrecy was “super-sleuth”.
• Says Megan Fox was very low-key, and very welcoming and cool to her.
• Auditioned for Michael Bay in his car and then his office.
• Isabel was nominated for ‘Best WTF Moment’ at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, and won Best Breakout Female Performance at the 2009 Scream Awards for her performance as Alice.
• Isabel describes her working on this movie as “a coloured experience”.
» Isabel Lucas – “Megan [Fox] was really sisterly and warm to me when I began working on the production. She was aware that it is intimidating coming onto a new set where everyone is established, and she was cool.”
» Isabel Lucas– “Working with Michael Bay and having Steven Spielberg producing – it was kind of surreal and awesome all wrapped up in one.”
» Isabel Lucas – “I was really intrigued by the character because there is more than meets the eye – literally. She’s a layered character, and that’s interesting for any actor to play really something different from yourself and to understand and relate to her even though she might have darker intentions. She’s fun to play.”
» Isabel Lucas – “Running in high heels! I never wear heels because for me it’s all about comfort and practicality so Michael had to show me how to do it (laughs). He told me the trick was to run on your tippy toes and it worked.” (on the hardest part of the shoot)
» Isabel Lucas – “It’s interesting, when the only direction is ‘You’ve got to be more sexy!'” (on Michael Bay’s direction)
» Isabel Lucas – “It’s really from that that’s he’s seen my work and he’s asked me to come and read, so I read with Michael Bay, and he liked what I did and I got the part.” (on Steven Spielberg seeing her in The Pacific)
» Isabel Lucas – “I can’t speak for the rest of the cast, but they had a lot of scenes where they’re communicating with the robots, and they are basically talking to a tennis ball on a stick while a voice is coming from somewhere behind that. It’s odd, because as an actor you’re listening and responding to who’s in front of you, and you don’t get that with this kind of filming.”
» Isabel Lucas – “I think that was one of the most challenging things, the re-creating of scenes. Michael’s very flexible and he likes to completely improvise, so the scenes would evolve as we went along.”
» Isabel Lucas – “We’ve all come to know each other closely over the filming, and he’s got a completely different persona to what he has on set. He hangs out, he’s such a ‘hang with the cast’ kinda guy, every single dinner he can possibly organise and have us come and meet up, he will organise.” (on Michael Bay)
» Isabel Lucas – “Alice is a student at Princeton University. My scenes are predominantly with Shia LaBeouf and Ramon Rodriguez. An interesting relationship develops between myself and Shia, but I’m not allowed to give too much of that away.”
» Isabel Lucas – “The character of Alice is more the seductress. She’s got mysterious intentions that we don’t really know about.”
» Isabel Lucas – “When I watched the first film though I saw it back in my hometown of Melbourne and was I particularly impressed by the CG and the technology used. It was seamless and incredible, very impressive. I loved the pace and the energy of the film.”
» Isabel Lucas – “Oh definitely Bumblebee because I love his kooky character.” (on her favourite Transformer)
» Isabel Lucas – “Nina, my sister, thought it was really funny that I did it, but Alice was a new and fun character for me.”
» Isabel Lucas – “I liked playing someone who was very different than myself, because you get to go to a foreign place and find some essence in yourself which will inhabit her. She’s quite different from any other characters I’ve played.”
» Isabel Lucas – “Her intentions aren’t really very obvious at first, and mysterious, and we’re not really sure what he wants from him, and obviously he’s in a relationship so he has to be very careful how they are together. It unravels and you realise where she’s coming from.”
» Isabel Lucas – “She’s a little bit of a minx, she’s quite sly and she’s certainly got not the purest of intentions.”
» Isabel Lucas – “The role for me was not necessarily involving that many stunts, but it was quite a physical role, there were a couple of scenes where I had different kind of action sequences, or where I was in a harness and had to get pulled up above the roof.”
» Isabel Lucas – “Going into the production I was aware of the magnitude of the production, I mean having Steven Spielberg producing, and Michael Bay, he’s one of the visual geniuses and the masters, of the blockbuster genre.”
» Isabel Lucas – “The premiere was insane, the red carpet was just, it took us an hour to get through. I don’t know here to put it in the memory files! It’s surreal, and I’m very aware of how fortunate I am for this opportunity and to have worked on this production cause I’ve really learnt a lot and have made some really good friends.”
» Isabel Lucas – “I think they’re going to see something that they’ve never seen before, I mean, it’s just epic! The CGI and the technology is revolutionary, it’s just insane. It’s just such a fun movie.” (on what the audience will get from the film)
» Isabel Lucas – “I was blown away by the CGI, and in this film we’ve broken new ground again. The technology is revolutionary. Michael is one of the masters of this genre, and a visual genius. He’s energetic and passionate and has a very clear vision of what he wants.”
» Isabel Lucas – “Things had to be done very specifically, everything’s very choreographed. There was one scene where Michael had a camera about a centimetre from my face so he could match up the CGI; I had to move my head in very specific ways. I had to have a 3-D digital body scan, and one of my face as well. It was all new to me.”
» Isabel Lucas – “It’s so enjoyable playing a character that’s so different from yourself, because you can really go and take risks.”
» Isabel Lucas – “Michael Bay is a master of the blockbuster genre, so I didn’t have to do much research on him. Still, I was pretty taken aback when I got the part. Part of the very long audition included filming a scene in his car, which was a little unexpected.”
» Isabel Lucas – “The experience of Transformers, or even Red Dawn, which we just shot in Michigan, they’re both very visual films and it wasn’t so much about the character story, it’s like a massive commercial.”
» Isabel Lucas – “One of the other things Michael Bay is incredibly pedantic about is keeping the integrity to the film because of this incredible cult following it has, and making sure storylines aren’t leaking. So obviously when I found out how Alice’s story unravels and how her character is revealed, it was exciting, because it’s always interesting playing a character who is layered and ‘more than meets the eye.”
» Isabel Lucas – “Shia really is a trooper, and as an actor he’s one of the most determined people I’ve met, ever. He’s a risk-taker, he’s very creative, he’s got an amazing sense of humour, always thinking of new ideas for the scene, always improvising.” (on co-star Shia LaBeouf)
» Isabel Lucas – “That was new to me, because [Michael]’s really not about the subtleties of the character and emotion – he just leaves that up to you, he doesn’t even want anything to do with that aspect. He’s very flexible in the scenes, he’s always recreating the dialogue [on the fly]. In a couple of the scenes I could come to set not knowing my lines at all, which for me was one of the most challenging things, and also one of the things I enjoyed most about working with him.” (on how director Michael Bay works, including not having rehearsals)
» Isabel Lucas – “Michael certainly works at a very fast pace. He’s incredible in the sense that he has the entire film in his head; he’s a visual genius, and he really has such a clear, acute vision of what he wants to achieve from every single character. He’s one of the masters of the action blockbuster genre. Very energetic, very passionate, a lot of yelling through a megaphone! I really found his rhythm and how he worked, and came to get along with him very well, which isn’t always the case, you know, because he has so much pressure on his shoulders and such huge expectations, and the job is epic for him. So I can understand that it would be incredibly stressful in periods.”
» Isabel Lucas – “He’s a very technical and very vision-driven director, but he’s also very much an actors director and really encouraging us to explore our own individual creative styles. Very different to Michael Bay in the sense that with him you’re nearly like a chess character and you know that’s what you sign up for and with Tarsem it’s much more creative, in a way.” (speaking in 2011, on the difference between Michael Bay and Immortals director Tarsem Singh)
» Isabel Lucas – “For me they were really different experiences, working on the two sets was sort of black and white. Both Michael Bay and Tarsem are very visual directors, and went to drama school together…” [Tarsem corrects her saying it was actually film school] “… Film school, of course, and were doing student films together as well! They both have this incredible visionaire style, like can stamp their style, it’s amazing you can recognise it.” (speaking in 2011 about Immortals director Tarsem Singh, and whether working on Transformers 2, another big budget action movie, helped her with Immortals)
» Isabel Lucas – “My family laughed when they heard I was going to be in Transformers. I learned a lot and got to experience Michael Bay’s mayhem.” (speaking in 2011)
» Isabel Lucas – “There were really a lot of different things to learn from doing that kind of film, and it was really full-on and intense and great. It affected just being able to be in that world and to do a really classic blockbuster and work with a director like Michael Bay.” (speaking in 2011)
» Isabel Lucas – “In a little way, it did put me on the map and that’s what I’m mostly grateful for, because now I get to do films that are in tune with my heart.” (speaking in 2011)
» Michael Bay – “Isabel – no Steven did not pick her – it just makes a good sound bite for press. Yes, I did give her the part. – True story.”
Alice: “How about tonight, you pretend I’m your girlfriend, and I pretend that you’re my boyfriend?”
Alice: “Is that your girlfriend?”
Mikaela Banes: “EX!”
(from a deleted scene:)
Leo: “Welcome. Leonardo Ponce De Leon Spitz, therealeffingdeal.com”
Alice: “I’m Alice.”
Leo: “I’m Leo.”
Alice: “Hi Sam.”
Leo: “He has a girlfriend”
Alice: “Lucky guy.”
Sam: “He was in a boyband. They had a really big hit single last year called the March To Macho Mountain.”
Alice: “It’s lovely to meet you guys. Sam”
• Rolling Stone: “He even brings in another hottie, Isabel Lucas, as Alice, another student who never cracks a book. I assume this is Bay U. Alice gives Sam tongue in ways you won’t believe.”
• Wired.com: “Director Michael Bay ups the ante on his 2007 hit Transformers by hurling even more massive amounts of swirling, twirling, machine-crunching robot action onto the screen. Industrial Light & Magic’s photorealistic CGI ‘bots interact seamlessly with star Shia La Beouf and other cast members against a backdrop of huge explosions and military firepower. It’s an impressive display of digital effects, but bigger, faster, louder and longer do not necessarily equal better.”
• Screenrant.com: “In Revenge of the Fallen there’s more of everything that was in the first film: More robots, more explosions, more soldiers, more battle scenes, more juvenile (and inappropriate for kids) humor and more foul language. In the end it doesn’t make this film any better than the first one – it just makes it feel longer.”
Promotion for Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen was huge! Isabel attended promotional events for the film in Japan, Sydney, Los Angeles and Miami, as well as attending a few other events around the time of the film’s release. Isabel gave several interviews to online press, and made a much talked about appearance on Australian chat show Rove Live to promote the film. She also appeared in several high profile magazines, including Details, Glamour, Nylon and Vanity Fair.
• Isabel Lucas Online‘s Press page (related: 2009-2010 interviews)
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• Transformers Wiki: Alice
• Interview with effects crew on creating Alice
• Why Just 2 Seconds of Transformers 2 Took 3 Months to Complete
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