Call it a false alarm.
Michael Bay has taken to his website to blow up reports that the director offered up a very public and humbling mea culpa for his 1998 blockbuster, saying he was taken way out of context and did no such thing.
"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," Bay wrote today. "I'm not in the slightest going to apologize for the third movie in my 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?"
The filmmaker is referring to comments he gave the Miami Herald while promoting his new film Pain & Gain in which he discussed his oft-criticized penchant for rapid-fire editing and then apparently singled out Armageddon as an example of a movie he wishes he could've taken more time with.
"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," he's quoted as saying.
In the statement he posted on his blog, Bay clarified for the record that he was specifically talking about editing the disaster epic, nothing more.
"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 still one of the most shown movies on cable TV. And yes, I'm proud of the movie. Enough said."
Copy that, Houston. Bay's latest action flick, Pain & Gain, hits theaters this Friday.