Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Michael Bay Belatedly Apologizes for 'Armageddon'

From iwatchstuff, ow fifteen years since astronaut/oil-driller Bruce Willis's heroic death upon a Texas-sized asteroid bound for Earth, director Michael Bay has at last apologized for orchestrating the ludicrous, often illogical series of events that led to Ben Affleck never having a father-in-law.
Bay is currently atoning for his crimes in his own way--a self-imposed timeout from his toys, which currently has him making press rounds for his first non-toy film in six years, Pain & Gain. Speaking to the Miami Herald about that film, the conversation somehow shifted to apologizing for filmmaking mistakes he's made in the past. Like so many of us, he's forgotten entirely about The Island, but he does still, all these years later, apparently express regret over 1998's highest-grossing film.
"I will apologize for Armageddon," Bay said, echoing the statement of so many who asked their friends to go to with them to Armageddon, "because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie."
Clarifying that this is not Michael Bay showing humility so much as placing blame, the director went on to explain that "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." And what else matters, really?
Bay didn't get into specifics about what he'd change given more time, but did say he'd just "redo the entire third act." So it's not like he's going to touch the part where Ben Affleck listens to Aerosmith and stuffs animal crackers in Liv Tyler's underwear. The guy knows when he's made art.

1 comment:

Octopunk said...

Hmm. Of course this prompts the joke about everything he's not apologizing for, but for the moment I'm wondering... should I accept his apology?