6 People Who Apologized For Their Own Movie
On April 22, it was reported that Michael “I Make Things Go Boom” Bay, apologized to a reporter from The Miami Herald for the third act of his 1998 smash, ‘Armageddon.’ He said:
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.”
According to Bay, he was misquoted by the overzealous reporter, saying he didn’t apologize for nothin’!
But even if Bay didn’t officially apologize, plenty of other filmmakers and actors have said they were sorry for unleashing dreck upon the moviegoing masses. Here are a few examples of people apologizing for their cinematic turkeys.
J.D. Shapiro, ‘Battlefield Earth’
After ‘Battlefield Earth’ was awarded the “Worst Movie of the Decade” at the 2010 Razzie Awards, screenwriter J.D. Shapiro penned an apology in the New York Post for writing, as he said, “the suckiest movie ever.” His letter read:
It wasn’t as I intended — promise. No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those.”
Perhaps the person who thought it was a good idea to give Travolta those space dreads should also apologize.
Shia LaBeouf, ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’
Basically no one liked ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ and star Shia LaBeouf was well aware that he failed to jumpstart the franchise for a new generation. In an interview at the 2010 Cannes Film festival, LaBeouf told reporters:
You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple.”
What, no mea culpa for ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’?
Sam Worthington, ‘Clash of the Titans’
I think the first one, we kind of let down some people. I think I can act f—— better, to be honest.”
Of course he’s yet to apologize for ‘Wrath of the Titans.’
Steven Spielberg, ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’
Not an exact apology, more of a deflection, but Spielberg passively blamed George Lucas for the failure of the fourth Indy adventure:
I’m very happy with the movie. I always have been… I sympathize
with people who didn’t like the MacGuffin because I never liked the MacGuffin.
George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn’t want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in — even if I don’t believe in it — I’m going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it…I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that.”
Lucas naturally said nothing. He’s never apologized for Jar Jar, so why start now?
George Clooney, ‘Batman and Robin’
Joel Schumacher’s nail in the ’90s Batman movie coffin is often cited as the worst comic book movie ever made. It’s hard to say if that’s accurate in a world where ‘Catwoman’ and ‘Steel’ exist, but the film’s star, George Clooney, has gone on record time and again saying he acknowledges it was disaster.
It was a difficult film to be good in. I don’t know what I could have done differently. But if I am going to be Batman in the film ‘Batman & Robin,’ I can’t say it didn’t work and then not take some of the blame for that.”
It’s okay, George. We forgive you. We know the rubber nipples weren’t your idea.
Shia LaBeouf, ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ (again)
So remember when Shia apologized for sucking it up big time on ‘Indy 4’? Well, he eventually issued an apology for the apology, because Spielberg yelled at him! He said he “deeply regrets” his comments, telling “THR” that Spielberg gave him some prime criticism about how to handle the press:
He told me there’s a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there’s a time to sell cars…”
Seems like sort of a back-handed insult at the same time, but fair enough LaBeef.
Halle Berry, ‘Catwoman’
In 2006, Berry was honored as Harvard’s Hasty Pudding woman of the year, and in order to earn her little golden pot, she had to write, Bart Simpson-style, “I will not make Catwoman II” four times on a chalk board. Berry also was on hand to accept her worst actress award on the 2004 Razzies. She said, “I want to thank Warner Bros. Thank you for putting me in a piece of s—, god awful movie.”