Michael Bay's 'Armageddon' Apology: 25 Reasons Why The Director's Mea Culpa Was Wrong [UPDATE]

04/22/2013 07:47 pm 19:47:28 | Updated Apr 23, 2013
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Michael Bay is sorry for the way he ended one of his biggest blockbusters.

“I will apologize for 'Armageddon,' because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking," Bay told Rene Rodriguez of the Miami Herald when asked about his hyper-kinetic editing style. "That was not fair to the movie. 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."

Indeed it did. "Armageddon" earned $553 million worldwide in an era before 3D and scored a higher percentage of good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes than the last two "Transformers" sequels. (To be fair, "Armageddon" still received a rating of just 39 percent, "rotten" by the review aggregation's site's standards.) It's even available on DVD and Blu-ray via the prestigious Criterion Collection. Which might by why Bay's knock on the film angered so many "Armageddon" fans on Twitter, this writer included: it's a modern summer movie classic.

That tweeted: Let's give Bay the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he just needs a refresher course on the perfection that is the "Armageddon" ending. Ahead, 25 reasons why the last 10 minutes of "Armageddon" need no apologies from anyone*.

*UPDATE: Bay wrote on his website that his quotes were taken out of context and that he wouldn't "apologize" for "Armageddon." Let's pretend he read the list below and changed his mind.

(This starts after Bruce Willis' Harry Stamper rips his astronaut badge off and hands it to Ben Affleck's A.J. with the instructions to "give this to Truman," the character played by Billy Bob Thornton. Clearly, Bay wasn't referring to that part when he apologized, because its quality is unimpeachable.)

1. Did J.J. Abrams or Tony Gilroy decide to call this "zero barrier"? armageddon ending

2. "I had a great spot picked out there!" Can you believe this is the same Steve Buscemi who spends all that time frowning on "Boardwalk Empire"? armageddon ending

3. Lev seems so reasonable right here... armageddon ending

4. ... until he's not. armageddon ending

5. What do we think Bruce Willis is looking at? armageddon ending

6. Michael Bay's "Carrie." armageddon ending

7. Two-time Oscar winner and acclaimed director Ben Affleck. armageddon ending

8. This shot. armageddon ending

9. The one part of "Armageddon" that Oliver Stone could have directed. armageddon ending

10. "Can we shine a brighter spotlight in Mr. Buscemi's face?" "No, it's literally not possible." armageddon ending

11. Yay! armageddon ending

12. This entire sequence is in slow motion and starts with this shot of an American flag. armageddon casting

13. Then transitions to these people. armageddon ending

14. Then these kids. (This movie takes place in the late 1990s, p.s., and not 1956.) armageddon ending

15. It's not 1962, either. armageddon ending

16. Trevor Rabin's score kicks in hard right here. Chills. armageddon ending

17. "Hey guys, remember: We're heroes now." Buscemi looks a little like Steve Carell in this photo (in a good way). armageddon ending

18. The Right Stuff. armageddon ending

19. The guy on the left golf-clapping in his hazmat suit. armageddon ending

20. The happiest kid ever. armageddon ending

21. "Miss Stamper? Col. Willie Sharp, United States Air Force, ma'am. Requesting permission to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I've ever met." armageddon ending

22. [Crying] armageddon ending

23. "Harry wanted you to have this." armageddon ending

24. [Weeping] armageddon ending

25. Cue up Aerosmith. armageddon ending

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