If there's three words that everybody associates with Michael Bay and his movies, those words are "commitment to quality." Which is why it should surprise no one that four of Transformers 4's cast members won't be chosen by antiquated nonsense like auditions or talent, but instead by winning a Chinese reality show.
Having announced plans in early April for Transformers 4 to be a Chinese co-production involving the inclusion of some Chinese content, Paramount Pictures has now gone one step further in shaping the project along Chinese lines – by casting its Chinese roles through a reality television show, one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the country.
Launched at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, the Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search will be a new talent competition television show in which the four winners – two with professional acting experience, two without – will be granted roles in the next entry of the franchise.
Most of the best movie casting comes via reality show, of course. Humphrey Bogart only got to play the iconic role of Rick in Casablanca by succeeding a number of Survivor-esque challenges, like eating bugs. The cast of The Godfather was chosen by putting a bunch of actors in one house in Seattle, and seeing which of them got voted out last. So I see absolutely no problems with Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search; in fact, I greatly look forward to the "pretend you're being pissed on by a giant robot" competition, with guest judge John Turturro.