He's responsible for movies including Bad Boys II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, yet director Michael Bay thinks Armageddon is his worst film.
"I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks," the Pain & Gain director tells The Miami Herald. "It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. I would redo the entire third act if I could."
In case you forgot the 1998 blockbuster film starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler, Armageddon is about an asteroid the size of Texas that is heading to Earth in less than a month unless NASA's misfit team of deep-core drillers can save humanity.
"It was terrible," Bay adds. "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."
Saying of his critics, "People have always given me a hard time on my editing. But if you could do a graph on my movies, you would see how my editing has slowed down over the years. Bad Boys was my first movie, and we cut that quite fast. Back then it was very new for action. Now you see a lot of that imitated. Call it what you will. Yes, critics have given me s*** about it. But when you watch the Bourne Identity movies, they are cut way faster."
UPDATE: Bay, 48, is claiming that the Herald reporter misused his quotes to the paper. In a statement on his website, the director writes:
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 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.
What do you think? Was Armageddon Bay's worst movie?