It was a headline to strike joy into the hearts of anyone who has ever emerged from one of his trademark all-action blastfests with a sore head: "Michael Bay apologises for Armageddon." It turns out, however, that the Transformers director is not sorry at all for his 1998 movie, which starred Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis as deep core drillers-turned-astronauts, who are sent by Nasa to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth. For Bay has taken to his blog to dismiss the story.
The film-maker had been quoted as telling the Miami Herald: "I will apologise for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking," while promoting new film Pain & Gain. But Bay said his comments had been taken out of context and he remained proud of the critically panned film. "One press writer has gone too far in reporting false information," he wrote. "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 apologise for the third movie in my movie career, a film called Armageddon.
"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 one of the most shown movies on cable TV. And yes, I'm proud of the movie. Enough said."
It's not the first time Bay has taken to his blog to clarify controversial comments. The director was recently reported to be in a feud with Mexico's Guillermo del Toro after Bay referenced "rip-off" robot movies at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and said audiences knew better than to flock to them. Del Toro felt it necessary to defend himself after bloggers suggested his new film Pacific Rim, which features teams of humans piloting giant machines to fight off an alien invasion, might have been the target of Bay's scorn.
"I love how reporters put false words in people's mouths without doing their proper research," wrote Bay on his blog. "Well 'cause of that sloppy reporting, I thought Guillermo was mad at me, and he thought I was mad at him. We both exchanged calls today and realised nobody was mad at anybody except we were both mad at that reporter!" To clarify, Bay added: "I was talking about another movie, at another studio, that will remain nameless."
This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk