Moviemaker Michael Bay's Transformers premiere experience in Russia has been ruined by reminders his last film in the franchise was a huge critical flop.
The director attended a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, hours before the launch of the new film Dark Of The Moon, and he was asked to defend his first sequel, which was savaged by film critics.
Asked by one reporter if he was afraid the new film would be another poorly reviewed mess, an upset Bay said, "Your comment is a little insulting to the artists who worked on this. The movie did make a lot of money. I admit it's not one of my better films. It's by far not the worst film ever made; that's just false.
"The movie doesn't make $835 million being the worst film. We had a writer's strike during movie two, so it was a tough game getting it going. It really wasn't fair to the writers because normally a movie like this would take eight months to write and, because of the strike, the writers had about three, so it was a complicated, rough process making that movie.
"On the third one we tried to get it right and really deliver and I think we did. It's the best of the three, personally, to me."