Was Armageddon even Bay's worst film?
It’s not often you hear a director saying sorry for a film they’ve made, but that’s exactly what Michael Bay has done. Showing contrition for the disaster of a disaster movie that was Armageddon, Bay told Miami Herald how sorry he is.
Will Bay have to apologize for his next film?
“I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks,” he explained. “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." The movie did more than fine really; it actually grossed a ridiculous $550 million (£360 million) worldwide, so the studio won’t really understand the apology – they loved Armageddon! And in any case, many would suggest Bay should be saying sorry for The Transformers films instead.
Bay’s next project is Pain & Gain – another trip down the road of blockbuster for the popcorn director. The film – starring Mark Whalberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and Ed Harris – is the tale of a group of bodybuilding criminals. But in this picture, Bay seems to have embraced the absurd, as you can see in the trailer.