'Armageddon,' 1998 (Photo: Walt Disney Studios)
"Pain & Gain" director Michael Bay raised a few eyebrows yesterday when he dogged his own film.
"I will apologize for 'Armageddon,' because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks," Bay told The Miami Herald. (Though Bay has since eaten his words, writing a response on his website, claiming his statements were "twisted.") "It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. I would redo the entire third act if I could," the Herald quoted him as saying.
Bay went on to describe the film's troubled post-production process, during which he turned to the King of the World himself for advice.
"It was terrible. My visual effects supervisor had a nervous breakdown, so I had to be in charge of that," said Bay. "I called James Cameron and asked 'What do you do when you’re doing all the effects yourself?' But the movie did fine."
The movie did more than "fine." "Armageddon," which revolved around a group of oil drillers (led by Bruce Willis, natch) sent into outer space to blow a deadly asteroid en route to Earth to smithereens (to the soothing sounds of Aerosmith, at that), cost a pretty penny at $140 million but went on to earn more than $553 million worldwide. It was the event movie of the summer of 1998, smashing would-be competition like the similarly-themed "Deep Impact" and "Godzilla" underfoot.
Michael Bay in Las Vegas on April 15 (Photo: Getty Premium)
Michael Bay himself must have re-read that essay in the past 24 hours, as he's now come forth and claimed that his comments were taken out of context. In fact, he's now defending "Armageddon" -- the film and the experience -- with a new found gusto, posting the following statement on his own website:
One press writer has gone too far in reporting false information. He has printed the bare minimum of my statement which in effect have twisted my words and meaning. I'm not in the slightest going to apologize for the third movie in my movie career, a film called 'Armageddon.' On the red carpet for 'Pain & Gain' some reporters asked me what are you apologizing for, and I said what on earth are you talking about?
What I clearly said to the reporter, is I wish I had more time to edit the film, specifically the 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 still one of the most shown movies on cable TV. And yes, I'm proud of the movie. Enough said.
Enough said indeed. Now, let us all sally forth to the latest bit of Bay-hem, "Pain & Gain," opening April 26.
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