Who knew Michael Bay was so remorseful about Armageddon? Among his credits, we don't consider the 1998 film his worst offense. We'd throw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen under the bus first. But in a recent interview with the Miami Herald, Bay revealed his Armageddon regrets.
The director was promoting his latest film, Pain & Gain, when the conversation took an unexpected turn. Bay was asked about his "hyperkinetic editing" style, which is missing from Pain & Gain. Apparently, this opened 15-year-old wounds stemming from Armageddon.
“I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks,” Bay says. “It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. 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 wasn't perfect by a long shot, but we've seen worse. The film grossed over $553 million worldwide, had a number-one song (Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing") and the star power of Bruce Willis and a young Ben Affleck. Plus, how many of us cried during Willis' final scene?
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