Michael Bay has apologized for Armageddon.
In a recent interview about his latest film Pain and Gain, Michael Bay apologized for Armageddon, saying that it was a rush job. This isn’t the first time he’s apologized for a bad movie, either, though Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a bit more timely. A lot of us are still waiting for Michael Bay to apologize for Pearl Harbor, and still others just wish he would stop making movies altogether.
The discussion was sparked in the Miami Herald when the interviewer pointed out that the shots in Pain and Gain were done differently than Michael Bay’s usual form. Each shot was held for more than a few seconds.
In the article, Michael Bay said:
“I will apologize 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. 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?'”
Similarly, Michael Bay had apologized for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, saying he was trying to push it out to meet the release date. Some of us guess he didn’t have time to cut out all the jokes that kids who probably went to see the movie wouldn’t understand.
In a way, Michael Bay had to race to compete with Deep Impact, which was a film about the same concept (a meteor heading for Earth which may end all life as we know it), and, considering the box office profits, Armageddon wasn’t a complete flop.
Michael Bay also defended his work on Bad Boys, the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence buddy cop film, saying there have been other films (citing Bourne Identity) that cut way faster than that. Michael Bay has learned to laugh off the critics when they pull him apart since other better received films are more guilty than the ones he’s done.
What do you think about Michael Bay’s apology for Armageddon?