After Michael Bay, director of some of the biggest action movies of the last two decades, was quoted in the Miami Herald as apologizing for “Armageddon,” the film that put Ben Affleck on the map as a major Hollywood star, the internet had a field day. Bay was quoted in the newspaper as saying, “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.”
When word of the article got back to Bay, he decided to clear it up on his blog. “I’m not in the slightest going to apologize for the third movie in my movie career, a film called ‘Armageddon,'” he writes. Bay says the newspaper is “reporting false information” and used the bare minimum of a quote. He claims the reporter asked him what he was apologizing for, and Bay didn’t understand what he was talking about.
Bay does say, though, that he wishes he had more time to edit the film, specifically the third act. “He asked me in effect what would you change if you could in your movies if you could go back,” Bay explains, “I said, I wish we had a few more weeks in the edit room on ‘Armageddon.'”
Bay ends his blog entry by pointing out that “Armageddon” is still one of the most-shown movies on cable TV, before stating that he is proud of it. Still no word on if he’ll apologize for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”