Michael Bay
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The Internet has been buzzing about Michael Bay’s “apology” for his 1998 blockbuster Armageddon, but the director wants everyone to know that his words were taken out of context and that he is “proud of the movie.”

While promoting his new film Pain & Gain, Bay discussed with a Miami Herald reporter the rapid-fire editing technique featured in many of his movies. Near the end of the interview, the paper quotes Bay as saying, “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 in a post on his official website today, Bay wrote that the newspaper cut his words in a deceptive way. “[The reporter] has printed the bare minimum of my statement which in effect have twisted my words and meaning,” the director said.

Bay goes on to clarify that while he does wish he “had more time to edit the film” before it hit theaters, he is “proud of the movie.” Check out Bay’s full response below.

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