Michael Bay Offers 25K to Anyone Who Spots the ‘Twins’ in ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 21st, 2011 at 11:01 pm,

Transformers Dark of the Moon the Twins Michael Bay Offers 25K to Anyone Who Spots the Twins in Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Arguably one of the most critically derided portions of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was the inclusion of the comedy relief team/Chevy concept cars, The Twins. Famously, the pair was criticized for their (arguably) racist depiction – one that Bay and Co. reportedly further embellished, beyond the original Kurtzman and Orci draft, with gold teeth and other controversial additions. Even the most dedicated Transformers fans would argue that, at the very least, The Twins weren’t particularly funny.

As a result, it’s no surprise that the Internet exploded when reports began to surface that the pair were back for the next installment of the robots in disguise – Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

While the return of The Twins, aka Skids and Mudflap, has been long-rumored, director Michael Bay has spent the better part of a year debunking any reports that indicated the controversial brothers would return. Given that Bay had admitted, and subsequently rectified, a lot of the mistakes from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in preparation for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, fans and critics alike were prepared to move on.

That is until speculation was reignited when AICN‘s early review of a Transformers: Dark of the Moon rough-cut hinted (possibly mistakenly) that The Twins (aka “street-smart little robots”) were in fact returning members of the cast:

“Yes, they’re back too, but let’s just say they’re toned down.”

It wasn’t long before Bay addressed the slip-up in a post on his official Shoot for the Edit forum – politely debunking the detail (Capone gave the film an over-all favorable review after-all), while standing by his prior position that Skids and Mudflap are not in the film.

“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.”

As a result, AICN quickly updated the review with clarification on the scandalous detail:

“Just to [be] 100 percent clear, I’m not referring about the ‘The Twins’ here; they are most definitely not in this film. I’m talking about Wheelie (Tom Kenny, who also voiced Skids in ‘Revenge of the Fallen’) and other similar smaller robots, who act like streetwise teenagers.”

However, Bay’s adamant claim that The Twins are not back (coupled with Capone’s updated review), still wasn’t enough for some fans – who claim that the controversial “streetwise” bots can be seen in the film’s latest trailer (at the 0:40 mark) – specifically the last two cars in a line of Autobots.

Check out the image below to see what all the fuss is about (click to enlarge).

Skids and Mudflap in Transformers 3 570x226 Michael Bay Offers 25K to Anyone Who Spots the Twins in Transformers: Dark of the Moon

While Bay never explicitly denies that the bots in the trailer are The Twins (in alt-mode), he does stand by his prior claim that the two are not in the final film.

“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 story I’m done wasting my time this!”

It wouldn’t be the first time that the director has spread misinformation about who will, or will not, appear in a Transformers film; however, it’d be crazy for Bay to stir up this controversy again – for the sake of keeping fans guessing about the movie. When Bay denied that Megatron was in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, it was in attempt to run damage control on leaked information about the plot – so that moviegoers would still have a few surprises at the theater.

Additionally, it wouldn’t be the first time that Bay used very similar vehicles (and even robot models) in the series – as the director essentially reused Blackout’s robot mode and MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter design for Grindor (a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter) in the forest scene of Revenge of the Fallen – while the original character’s body rested at the bottom of the Laurentian Abyss. Similarly, even though Barricade disappeared at the end of Transformers, the protoform Decepticons (featured in the Egyptian desert battled) bore a similar look to the original character’s form.

grindor transformers 2 Michael Bay Offers 25K to Anyone Who Spots the Twins in Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Obviously these comparisons are not definitive but, considering Bay is making one of the most expensive movies of the summer, it stands to reason that he might reuse assets (cars, designs, etc) from prior films. However, given the director’s stoic claim the twin bots are not in the film, coupled with Bay’s attempts to rectify prior mistakes in this installment, it’s safe to say The Twins, specifically, will not be seen in Dark of the Moon.

Maybe we’ll see alt-mode Chevy concept cars or other, equally obnoxious “streetwise” robots, but we severely doubt they’ll answer to the names, Skids or Mudflap.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick — and let us know whether or not you think The Twins will return.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits regular theaters and IMAX on July 1st, in 2D and 3D.

Source: Shoot for the Edit & Header Image: CrossDominatriX5

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  1. I seriously doubt Bay is trying to misinform anyone. The last film was panned by many, and spreading false info would only hurt Transformers 3. I honestly liked The Twins (flame away), but I won’t miss them.

  2. you know, the twins didn’t bother me at all in the 2nd one. i understood the prolbems people had, but it didn’t change my outlook on revenge of the fallen. If thier exclusion from the third film will help the audiences reaction for the third one, then that is fine by me as well.

  3. I was a Where’s Waldo master, so Bay better be keeping his word :)

    • Nice… Im rooting for you 😀

    • Sully , they arent in it, in the lead in movie adaption of the comic , one of the twins is killed by shock wave in Transformers Dark of the moon : Foundation comicbook its a prequel to the movie

  4. I definitely won’t miss the twins, butthey didn’t really “bother” me either. I mean I didn’t find them funny at all. But I didn’t let it ruin the movie or me. The robot humping Megan Fox’s leg did that…

    • Yeah, that was quite bad, but the “twins” were just downright wrong.

  5. I saw on one random showing in the middle of some poor town in the middle of nowhere, there will be an after-credits scene where Bumblebee and Optimus take off their masks to reveal…THE TWINS!!!!!

  6. Anyone who is fooled for a third time in a row by Bay and company is… I dont even know what to call you. Save your MONEY

    • but what if were sinking in money and got money to blow? am making it hail on deez hos son. pennies every where in the club.

      • Firstly, I agree that if we have some disposable income this movie looks worth it. (I’ll be seeing it in imax)

        Secondly, I would advise against showering anyone, even ho’s, with any form of change let alone pennies.

      • Firstly, I agree that if we have some disposable income this movie looks worth it. (I’ll be seeing it in imax)

        Secondly, I would advise against showering anyone withth any form of change let alone pennies.

        • Lol not sure why that was posted twice.. if theres a way to delete one of those (and this) please do

    • I keep seeing people say this, or some variation… “TF 1 & 2 were bad, 3 will be terrible!” First, TF1 was decent, not bad. Secondly, Bay himself has admitted to problems with TF2 and from what I’ve seen of the trailer, #3 is looking pretty awesome. I don’t know…think what you want, but don’t act like nothing’s different between TF2 and TF3.

  7. “End story I’m done wasting my time this” Was this an exact quote, or was it mistyped? Anyways…

    Bay said that there is no twins in this movie, but now hes offering a 25,000 dollat reward if anyone sees them? I guess that he cant make up his mind, huh?

    • It was abviously a joke meaning that there is no way that the twins are going to be in the movie and good riddance to them, they reminded me of the Wayan’s Brothers comedy and thats all I really need to say.

    • It was in the original quote on the forum – you can follow that Shoot for the Edit link a few posts down to see it.

    • he saying that cause he knows they are not in it

  8. 25K is pennies to Bay. If they were truly absent from the film, he would up the anti, to let’s say 1 million dollars…

  9. “Additionally, it wouldn’t be the first time that Bay used very similar vehicles”

    Um yeah he’s learned from his mistakes that’s why this one won’t be quite as confusing about who’s fighting whom or who’s saying what!?* Well I guess it’s an excuse for repeat viewings… Pass.

    I don’t know for 25Gees I’d think some wise acre editor would put them in one copy to be sent to their hometown with the intention of their family to pick up the reward at a screening. My alternate thought is a Hollywood scam. Is Michael Bay now officially a poser??

  10. Well… I did see (in the above photo) a bright green car and a bright orange car… (top left behind the silver and black car). But I must say… I hated those 2 twins in TF2.

  11. Michael Bay can’t make the Twins disappear just like that, they need a story maybe having them be in Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon for 5 or 10 minutes before they are smashed to pieces by a Deception in a battle if the fans hate them that much or they can be in the movie for long and turn into nicer comic reliefs like Chuck from The Goonies.

    • He made Barricade disappear in the final act of the first film, and this should be no problem. The only “explain” he needs to make is they were killed off between films.

    • He’ll just do the same thing he has planned for Megan Fox’s character

    • Why can’t Michael Bay make Michael Bay disappear?

  12. I liked those twins. No joke.

    • Some people did. I mean, I personally didn’t, but that’s where “opinion” comes into the picture.

  13. I think the best reason to hate the twins isn’t the blatant sterotyping. It’s this one simple fact:

    In a Transformers Universe with literally hundreds of characters there should be absolutely no reason to make up any. If existing Transformers aren’t enough for Bay then he should go make Transmorphers 2.

    • So in short, no new, non-G1 Transformers characters…ever?

      If the cartoons followed that silly rule, we would never have had guys like Lugnut, Bulkhead, Lockdown…

      • All of which are existing characters. The person you’re responding to didn’t say “no non-G1 characters!”

  14. Those twin Transformers were straight up racist.

  15. He said the twinsa are not backm, maybe they no longer are twins. Posibly there is just one left?

  16. i saw them behind the two silver autobots

  17. wait..so, bumblebee is really one of the twins? what? okay now Im confused.

  18. is this for reals?

  19. Pay up bay, because i just read the book based on the actual movie and yes for half the movie they are in there, but they are toned down unlike the last movie, but lets just say they don’t make it.

  20. transformers 3 sucked beyond any belief. the twins and megan fox were the only things that made the second. so glad i didnt waste my money going to see it.

  21. I do not know why the twins should be absent altogether…they should’ve just change the character a bit…the twins got new alt mode…that’s what i’m crying to look at. Now we got this silly “Que” and a Ferrari robot who doesn’t even given Hasbro the license to produce it’s toys.

  22. I like transformers 2 but I don’t see why the twin had to go there are more movie that has racial term and no one have to say anything but for a family movies dose it matter it not like they was saying any racial slurs for kids they won’t know the difference until they are older