April 23, 2013 1:22pm PT by THR Staff
Michael Bay Backtracks on 'Armageddon' Apology
Michael Bay isn't sorry, after all.
The Transformers director was recently quoted apologizing for Armageddon, the 1998 film starring Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis.
“I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking," he told the Miami Herald while promoting his upcoming buddy comedy, Pain & Gain.
But Tuesday, Bay took to his blog to clarify his remarks.
"One press writer has gone too far in reporting false information. He has printed the bare minimum of my statement, which in effect has 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," he wrote.
Bay went on to explain that he meant he wanted more time to edit the film, especially the third act.
"[The reporter] asked me in effect what would you change if you could in your movies if you could go back," he added. "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."
This is the second recent incident of Bay clarifying something he's said. At CinemaCon, Bay told theater owners that there have been quite a few "rip-off' robot movies. While Bay didn't specifically name any titles, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro told The Hollywood Reporter that his movie is different than Transformers.
"We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion," del Toro says. "For good or bad, this is my movie. This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison."
Soon after, Bay took to his blog to clarify his initial remarks: "I was talking about another movie, at another studio that will remain nameless, while I spoke at CinemaCon in Vegas this Monday."
Bay has been promoting his latest film, Paramount's Pain & Gain, which he calls his "little movie" compared with the blockbuster Transformers pics. The comedy, about bodybuilders in Florida who get caught up in an extortion ring, stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson and opens April 26.