Bay has thrown down the gauntlet to sharp-eyed movie goers everywhere.
Director Michael Bay has offered a reward of $25,000 to anyone who can spot the Autobot Twins Skids and Mudflap in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The characters received a lot of criticism after their appearance in Revenge of the Fallen, as many felt they played on racist stereotypes of African-Americans. Although Bay defended their inclusion in Revenge of the Fallen, he promised they would not be in the sequel.
Unfortunately for Bay, an early review of the movie said that the Twins were in the film, although the comment has since been excised. Posting on the Shoot For the Edit website, Bay categorically stated that the reviewer was mistaken, and the characters did not appear in the movie. He challenged people to prove him wrong, saying he would pay the reward to anyone who spotted the Twins "performing" in the movie. When some posters on the site pointed out that the Twins seemed to appear in one of the early trailers for the film, Bay replied that sometimes trailer houses used shots that did not make it into the final movie, and that it wasn't an indication that the characters were in the film.
It's a pretty safe bet that the Twins aren't in Dark of the Moon: This isn't the kind of challenge you make unless you're sure you're going to win. It seems strange, however, that Bay would film and render shots of the Twins in the first place, if they weren't ever going to appear in the movie.