Bay's film was a smash at the box office but a flop with film critics
In an unusual move, director Michael Bay has apologised for his ropey disaster movie Armageddon.
Released in 1998, Armageddon starred Bruce Willis as the leader of a NASA mission to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth. It became the most successful film of the year at the box office, grossing a whopping $550 million (£360 million) worldwide.
However, the film received a drubbing from critics and Bay has now admitted it could have been better. “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,” he told the Miami Herald.
Continuing to speak candidly, Bay added: “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.”
Since Armageddon, Bay has directed a series of big-budget movies that have proved more popular with cinema-goers than film critics, including Pearl Harbour and Transformers. His latest film Pain & Gain, an action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, opens in UK cinemas on August 28. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.