Did you all see how downtown turned into a “transformers 3” war zone disaster area this weekend- so amazing! I remember back in November when at the Victoria secret fashion show in nyc, my old friend director michael bay grabbed me and said “hey billy! I want to film in chicago this summer!” and I screamed back, “done! You have my permission!” haha- I get that my “permission” may have meant nothing, but I like to think that my excitement & welcome in that response, and all the times I have taken care of him when here, and how many other Chicagoans have extended that Midwest hospitality in the same way, may have helped him know we are the right place to bring the action, and the $20 million & 200 jobs filming here this weekend has brought to our city!!
Michael and crew will be back next weekend around the Wacker and Ontario areas w/the Tribune Tower & the michigan ave bridge in the center of “the battle!” and most exciting for me, people will be filming characters falling from the sky landing right in front of my fav spot rockit on hubbard between 8-10a on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18!!!!! As always, if can’t make it just follow me on twitter & facebook and I’ll share the experience w/ you in real time!!! (pic of me and shia labeouf attached)
Wow, look what resurfaced w/ all the hype about transformers this week- Someone sent this pic of me & shia labeouf hanging out @ the underground about an hour before his infamous silly arrest at walgreens- and wanted a comment- well, ya- we had a lot of fun, but nothing too outrageous- scary thing was, I called it a night sending him to his hotel jokingly writing on my biz card “call me if get lost or arrested!” omg- was kidding!
Anyway, shia is a smart dude, really talented and an interesting character… I’m sure he will rock this movie. I actually got to catch up w/ another chicago visitor/fan my old buddy transformer director michael bay over dinner at sunda couple wks ago and he was just in a zone about how hard they worked on it, how great it turned out, how psyched he was for all to see- so no doubt, these 2 great talents together are going to make magic! Can’t wait til they bring a project to chicago!