Well, that didn’t take long.
After making headlines with an apparent apology for the crapfest that was the hit 1998 movie Armageddon, director Michael Bay has fired back saying he was misquoted.
In an interview with The Miami Herald, Bay touched on his experience with the flick and bemoaned the fact that it was shot on such a tight schedule and he didn’t have enough time to polish the third act. In the quote, Bay said “I’m sorry,” which ignited a ton of snark across the interwebs.
Now Bay has issued a statement saying his comment was taken way out of context, and that he is most definitely still proud of the flick. Oh well, at least somebody is proud of it.
Here’s his statement, where he takes a shot at the report in question:
“One press writer has gone too far in reporting false information. He has printed the bare minimum of my statement which in effect have twisted my words and meaning. I’m not in the slightest going to apologize for the third movie in my movie career, a film called Armageddon. On the red carpet for Pain & Gain some reporters asked me what are you apologizing for, and I said what on earth are you talking about?
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.”
Bay has always been a hard-spoken guy, and this backtrack makes as much sense as anything. The flick made a ton of money, and made Bay a rock star, for better or worse.
Oh well, I guess we’re still out of luck when it comes to an apology for the dreadful Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.