It might seem a little out of the blue (much like the encroaching asteroid the film’s action is set around…) but Michael Bay has publicly apologised for his 1998 disaster film Armageddon, saying the time pressure during filming was “not fair to the movie.”
After its release, the science fiction blockbuster – which starred Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton – failed to impress the critics but went down well with cinema goers, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1998.
But, in spite of Armageddon’s commercial success, the criticisms of film industry professionals have clearly been playing on Michael Bay’s mind ever since…
“I will apologise for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie,” Bay told the Miami Herald.
“I would redo the entire third act if I could. But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible.”
“My visual effects supervisor had a nervous breakdown, so I had to be in charge of that. I called James Cameron and asked ‘What do you do when you’re doing all the effects yourself?’ But the movie did fine.”
Armageddon follows a team of deep-core drillers who are drafted in to help NASA stop a huge asteroid on a collision course for the Earth. Since calling cut on the disaster film, Michael Bay has gone on to direct a series of big-budget Hollywood movies, including Pearl Harbour and the Transformers films.
Here’s a reminder of Armageddon’s final few scenes…