Michael Bay has been behind some of the biggest action movies of the last 20 years — “Bad Boys,” “The Rock,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Transformers.” He was also the director who brought us “Armageddon,” one of two asteroid-disaster movies released in 1998 and what the late, great Roger Ebert called “an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.”
Now Bay has apologized for it. Well, the editing, at least.
In an interview with the Miami Herald for his new movie “Pain & Gain,” Bay talks about his hyperkinetic editing style and how it didn’t necessarily translate well in “Armageddon.”
“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,” says Bay.
“But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible,” Bay continues. “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.”
We assume by “it was terrible,” he means the studio taking the movie away from him, and not the movie itself.