Michael Bay denies apologizing for quality of "Armageddon"

Producer/director Michael Bay attends the "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" premiere on June 28, 2011, in New York.
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Michael Bay says he's proud of his 1998 summer blockbuster "Armageddon," despite a recent report to the contrary.

For all the success he's had at the box office, the action producer/director has come under fire over the years for the quick editing cuts and CGI-laden scenes found in many of his films.

In a recent interview with the Miami Herald to promote his new crime thriller, "Pain and Gain," Bay spoke about these criticisms.

"I will apologize for 'Armageddon,' because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks," Bay was quoted as saying in the Herald. "I would redo the entire third act if I could. But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible."

But now it seems Bay isn't actually in agreement with the film's detractors.

In an online post titled, "I'm Proud Of Armageddon," Bay claims to have been misquoted in the Herald story.

"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 in the post.

"What I clearly said to the reporter, is I wish I had more time to edit the film, specifically the third act."

Although it earned almost $554 million in international ticket sales upon its theatrical release, "Armageddon" was savaged by the critics.

The asteroid flick was included in late film critic Roger Ebert's humorous book of reviews, "I Hated Hated Hated This Movie."

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