Like the war between vampires and werewolves at the core of the "Underworld" franchise in which she stars, the conflict between actor Kate Beckinsale and Director Michael Bay is an old one, but while the lycans and their blood-sucking foes are set to do battle again in the upcoming "Underworld: Blood Wars," the actor and director have apparently "gotten over" their differences.
The old controversy was raised again in an interview Beckinsale recently gave to "Yahoo Movies" during her press tour for "Underworld: Blood Wars."
In a previous interview with the site, Beckinsale mentioned her experience with Michael Bay on the 2001 Historical epic "Pearl Harbor," saying "because I wasn’t blond and my boobs weren’t bigger than my head, I didn’t make sense to him as an attractive woman."
When asked again about her comments, Beckinsale said "It was such an old story that I’d been asked about a million times… "Pearl Harbor" was a long time ago. It's true there was a bit of [body-shaming] going on, but the shaming of people is something I'm against in general. I've seen [Bay] since, and we’ve gotten over it. I didn’t feel it was personal, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Returning to the topic of her upcoming movie, Beckinsale focused on the theatricality of its fight scenes, saying "it's all fairly creative violence in 'Underworld,' which is cool. It's always on the border of being just a little bit too much. If [her character] Selene ever has to really kill anybody — like a really serious monster — it's never just that she gets the biggest sword there is. It involves a plan that’s twisted… She definitely has one of those plans in this film, which I like."
Directed by Anna Foerster, "Underworld: Blood Wars" stars Kate Beckinsale, Trent Garrett, Lara Pulver and Bradley James and opens on January 6, 2017.