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Michael Bay apologizes for ARMAGEDDON, saying “It was terrible”

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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I have no shame admitting what a fan I am of Armageddon. The last 15 minutes of the film reduces me to a blubbering baby every time. If Bruce Willis sacrificing himself and finally confessing to Ben Affleck that he always loved him like a son doesn’t get you, his tearful goodbye to his daughter, Liv Tyler, definitely will. Still able to quell the waterworks, there’s still a father/son/ex-wife reunite, an astronaut telling Liv Tyler her dad is the bravest man alive, Billy Bob Thorton getting the flight patch he always dreamed of, AND a funeral.

The sheer emotion in the final act is something not typically seen in a Michael Bay film. So color me shocked when Michael Bay said the following;

“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?” But the movie did fine.

So what I get from this is that Armageddon was a great film because Bay didn’t have time to ruin it. We’ve seen plenty of apologies in film (George Clooney apologizing for Batman is my personal favorite), but this is the first time I remember someone apologizing for a popular and successful film because “It was terrible.” Michael Bay does a couple things great; no one blows stuff up like him, and he’s a magnet for controversy. His public falling out with Megan Fox was his first feud, but he followed it up with last year’s dispute with Hugo Weaving when the voice of Megatron stated that his work on Transformers was unfulfilling. Still no apology for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, though. What do you guys think?

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    • Randy

      Methinks more of his films need to be "finished by the studio."

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