Director Michael Bay is adamant that the hated Skids and Mudflap, two Autobots criticized for playing on racist stereotypes, are nowhere to be found in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. And he's willing to put his money where his mouth is.
The twin Autobots were roundly slammed when they appeared in 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for being robotic caricatures of African-Americans. Bay himself promised that the pair would not show up in the third fim. So it was a bit surprising when an early review of the film, posted at Ain't It Cool News, made mention of "street" robots used for comic relief (the remark has since been omitted from the piece).
Combined with reports that the two were spotted on the set, and the fact that an early trailer also seemed to feature the characters, could it be that Bay was actually hiding the truth and was in reality bringing his Autobot minstrel show back to the screen?
Nothing doing, said the director in two posts on his ShootForTheEdit website. In the first one, Bay wrote:
After the internet posting of a nice review by someone who saw Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the writer had not been clear on one thing. He misstated that the Twins are in the film. They are not. So I am offering a $25,000 REWARD to anyone who can find them performing in Transformers 3, on July 1, when the movie opens.
After a number of readers responded that Skids and Mudflap appeared to be in the trailer, Bay replied:
The Twins are not in the movie. You will not find them anywhere. Trailer houses sometimes use shots that are not in the movie! End [of] story[.] I'm done wasting my time [on] this!
But as Slashfilm points out, even if the scenes from the trailer are not in the film, why were they shot in the first place? Did Bay plan to bring the despised pair back regardless of what anyone thought, only to have second thoughts?
Guess we'll find out for sure when Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens on July 1. Do you think Skids and Mudflap should be left on the cinematic scrap heap once and for all?