Michael Bay apologises for Armageddon
Story by Jack Foley
MICHAEL Bay has apologised for Armageddon.
Released in 1998, the disaster movie starred Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler as a team of oil workers called upon to save the world from a giant meteor.
It was largely panned by critics despite going on to become a massive world-wide box office success, grossing $553 million (£363m).
In an interview with the Miami Herald while promoting his new movie Pain & Gain, Bay said: “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. 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.”
Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as a pair of Miami-based bodybuilders who find themselves caught up in a kidnapping and extortion plot. It is based on a true story and finds Bay taking time off from his Transformers franchise to concentrate on something smaller.
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