Michael Bay denies apologising for ‘Armageddon’

The director claims his comments were 'twisted' by a newspaper reporter

Michael Bay has insisted he did not “apologise” for his critically-panned disaster movie Armageddon.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the director had spoken disparagingly about his 1998 blockbuster starring Bruce Willis. “I will apologise for Armageddon,” the Miami Herald quoted Bay as saying, “Because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking”. Bay is also reported to have said he “would redo the entire third act” if he could.

However, Bay has now taken to his official forum to disown the quotes, claiming the newspaper “twisted my words and meaning”. Continuing, the director stated plainly: “I’m not in the slightest going to apologise for the third movie in my movie career, a film called Armageddon.”

Attempting to clarify his comments, Bay added: “What I clearly said to the reporter is I wish I 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. I said, I wish we had a few more weeks in the edit room on Armageddon. And still today, Armageddon is still one of the most shown movies on cable TV. And yes, I’m proud of the movie. Enough said.”

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, opens in UK cinemas on August 28. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.