Michael Bay: I’m proud of ‘terrible’ Armageddon

The acclaimed action director has published a statement on his blog saying his original comments about the 1998 film were taken out of context

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You may have been surprised to read recently that, fifteen years after the film hit cinemas, Armageddon director Michael Bay had publicly apologised for his “terrible” 1998 film, saying “I would redo the entire third act if I could.”

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But it turns out that – dodgy special effects or not – the director, who’s also worked on Pearl Harbour and the Transformers films, isn’t actually sorry for his sci-fi blockbuster hit afterall.

“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 was quoted by the Miami Herald as saying of the film which starred Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton.

“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.”

But the 48-year-old director has since taken to his blog to tell the world that he is in fact “proud” of Armageddon, saying the original reporter “twisted my words” before going on to confirm: “I’m not in the slightest going to apologise for the third movie in my movie career, a film called Armageddon.”

He went on to say: “What I clearly said to the reporter, is I wish I had more time to edit the film, specifically the third act. He asked me in effect what would you change if you could in your movies if you could go back. I said, I wish we had a few more weeks in the edit room on Armageddon. And still today Armageddon, is one of the most shown movies on cable TV. And yes, I’m proud of the movie. Enough said.”

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Well, that’s cleared that up then.