In an interview with Pure Grain Audio, actor Ricardo Hoyos recalls his time with the filming of Transformers: Bumblebee.
Though seen as a minor character named Tripp, his role was originally much bigger with a greater character development arc; prior to leaving it all down on the cutting-room floor.
“[A]ctually we deleted the scene where, in the end, I kind of disown that group of [mean] girls. When I’m like “You know what? I’ve seen the true side of you girls. Not cool.” But, yeah, that still is played upon, even though that scene didn’t make it into the final cut. That was definitely the attitude that they were going for. I associate with this group of people that maybe doesn’t jive with everything that I am about. Which I think is just like your classic kind of high school thing. We all kind of go through that where maybe people aren’t as nice as we want them to be in high school to others. But he’s a redeemable character. He sees through that. He’s not bullied like the other girls.”
Mr. Hoyos had nice things to say about director Travis Knight:
“From that first audition that we did [Travis Knight] made me feel so comfortable. Like I said, as I was running out of that audition and, like, sprinting down the street and jumping around, which is not something I do. Usually, at auditions, there’s something awkward about it, or you wish you did something differently. Just from that day and every day on set, he really not only did a great job of making us all feel comfortable, but also communicating with incredible efficiency. Like I could really understand what he was going for. He had a clear vision in mind. He just had that comfortability to know what’s going on and know that there’s this very good communication going on which made for a really nice time on set. He’s great, he’s really great.”
You can read the full and lengthy interview at Pure Grain Audio, with new info on how various scenes were filmed.