Michael Bay says his action-packed film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” has nothing to do with politics.
Bay told FOX News’ Bill O'Reilly the news outlets that have deemed his film political have got it wrong.
“We were just saying the facts,” Bay said on “The O'Reilly Factor.” “Here’s the thing: The politics got in the way of this great human story that happened, and this is really to honor these type of men that do this every day — that put themselves in harm’s way — that’s what this movie is about.”
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is based off the book “13 Hours,” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and the surviving members of the Annex Security Team.
“We tried to be very accurate and obviously keep it in a two-hour movie window,” Bay said.
He added the movie aims to focus on the people, not the politics.
“The message really is one where I have been able — I’ve been fortunate enough — to work with these special operators for 20 years. I’ve been friends with many, many SEALs, and they’re an extraordinary group of people. They’re very selfless, and this is a very tragic story. It avoids the politics. It gives you the facts, but in the end of the day it’s an inspirational story.”
Plus, he said, the film is emotional.
“Listen, we’ve gotten amazing feedback on this movie,” he said. “I’ve had two four-star generals and several other generals really praise the movie, and both sides of the aisle are very impressed with the movie and the emotional story that’s told.”
Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, weighed in on the criticism film has received
"What's especially funny is the book the movie is based on was written by an award-winning former Boston Globe reporter," he told FOX411. "Amazing how the liberal media will attack their own when it suits them."