Pearl Harbor director Michael Bay only cast Kate Beckinsale because she's 'not too attractive'
Most of the world would probably agree with me if I said Kate Beckinsale is a bit of a babe. Especially in Pearl Harbor, where she was the ultimate vision of a wartime pinup nurse.
But oddly, it seems the director didn't see her that way. At all.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Beckinsale said Michael Bay didn't quite "get" her look.
"I don't think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay the director had met before," she said. "I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren't bigger than my head and I wasn't blonde.
"I'd just had my daughter and had lost weight, but was told that if I got the part, I'd have to work out. And I just didn't understand why a 1940s nurse would do that."
Not only that, but later down the track Bay couldn't manage to explain his casting choice without insulting Beckinsale's appearance (not to mention his female audience) by suggesting he only chose her because she wasn't attractive enough to make women dislike her, she said.
"When we were promoting the film, Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben [Affleck] and Josh [Hartnett], and he said, 'I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor'. Then when he was asked about me, he'd say, 'Kate wasn't so attractive that she would alienate the female audience'.
Really, Mike? That's the only reason you could come up with for casting her? According to Beckinsale, apparently so.
"He kept saying it everywhere we went, and we went to a lot of places."