MIAMI (CBSMiami) – World renowned film director, producer, and South Florida resident Michael Bay was honored Tuesday by the Miami-Dade County Commission.
The Michael Bay Day proclamation was presented as a way to celebrate and recognize his contributions and the positive economic impact his films have had on Miami-Dade County.
Michael Bay’s first feature-length film, “Bad Boys” which starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was shot in Miami in 1994 and grossed over $141 million at the box office. “Bad Boys II” was also shot on location in Miami and has grossed $273 million worldwide. Bad Boys I and II together expended approximately $60 million into the local economy.
As the director of such films as “The Rock”, “Armageddon”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, and “Transformers” to his credit, Michael Bay’s worldwide box office totals make him one of the highest grossing directors of all time. The recipient of numerous film awards, he has won nearly every award bestowed by the advertising industry as well.
Mr. Bay is currently shooting “Pain and Gain” throughout different locations in Miami-Dade. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as a pair of bungling bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.The project is expected to infuse approximately $25 million into the local economy between March and May 2012. Mr. Bay, who also owns a home in Miami Beach, is committed to the success of the industry here in South Florida.
“The film and entertainment industry brings millions of dollars into our economy each year, creates thousands of jobs, and supports local businesses. Public recognition is a great way to show our appreciation and support for Michael Bay who has contributed so much to the growth and success of the film industry here in Miami-Dade County,” said Commissioner Sally Heyman who sponsored the special proclamation.