Yesterday, via an article from from the Miami Herald, the proverbial bomb was dropped that Michael Bay was apologetic for the arguably appalling Armageddon (alliteration!) Well as it turns out he was taken out of context and apologizing is for pussies. Bay took to his official websites official forum to make an official statement. Officially:
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, specifcally 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.
So it was the editing after all? Shame on you Miami Herald reporter who’s name I am to lazy to check the backlink for. Shame for your taking of an obvious link-bait quote like that and letting it run like wildfire across the internet, boosting traffic for yourself and nerd blogs everywhere. Shame.
Now go wash Michael Bay’s Ferrari.
Michael Bay may be one of the hottest directors in the industry right now, a distinction that he’s held for many years, but many see the work he puts together as little more than high-value versions of the typical Hollywood mediocrity. Whether you’re a Bay fan or otherwise, there’s probably something he’s done that you paid for and now wish you had your money (and brain cells) back. Bay appears to be acknowledging this at least a bit, as he’s come forward to make an official apology. It’s not for the Transformers franchise, however, nor is it for the upcoming TMNT reboot. Instead, he’s saying sorry for an oldie that most people enjoyed – the 1998 meteor disaster flick Armageddon.
To put it in Bay’s own words:
I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking. 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.
Now, if we could only get Bay to apologize for entering the field of filmmaking in general…
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.
Sad news from the world of nerdery as this long weekend comes to a close as it’s being reported tonight that actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at the age of 54.
At 6’5″ and 300-pounds, Duncan was an unlikely movie star. He worked security for the likes of Will Smith and Jamie Foxx, and consequently had small roles on their shows (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Jamie Foxx Show respectively). After several turns playing an inmate or bouncer, Duncan got his big break in 1998 as one of the gang in the killer asteroid film Armageddon. The next year Duncan’s star rose further when he was cast as John Coffey in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Green Mile, for which Duncan won an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Over the next 14 years, Duncan stayed incredibly busy, appearing in many films that appealed to the nerdy at heart. Films including: Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, Sin City and The Island. He was also cast as The Kingpin in Daredevil, which, despite the outcome of that movie, was a brazen and unexpected choice given the character’s origin as a white man. Duncan was also an accomplished voice actor for movies, TV and video games, including the Kung Fu Panda movies and last year’s Green Lantern. Most recently, Duncan was one of the main characters on the FOX series The Finder, a spin-off of Bones.
Actor Duncan’s death this morning in a Los Angeles hospital, followed weeks of after a July 13 heart attack that put him in intensive care. Although Duncan had since left intensive care, he was never again well enough to be discharged from the hospital. Duncan is survived by his fiance, The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault.
The thoughts and prayers of nerds everywhere, and the Nerd Bastards’ as well, go out to Duncan’s friends and families tonight.
Another Tuesday and pretty much another month down for the DVD Tuesday feature. Like always folks, we here at NerdBastards list out what comes out for the day and say whether if it’s worth a BUY, RENT, or PASS. There will be the Anime DVD Pick of the Week and also the Old Movies Are New Again list.