Michael Bay’s 1998 Disaster Epic”Apocalypse“One of the most critically acclaimed films of all time. But no problem, because it has quadrupled its budget at the box office and is now considered something of a cracked cult classic. In a recent tortuous conversation with friend and colleague Matt Damon in Weekly entertainment In support of his new movie “The Tender Bar,” Affleck reflected on the “absurd” movie in which he plays the oil driller and the romance for Liv Tyler, AJ Frost.
“They dug out two Disney stages for giant asteroid craters, and I didn’t even consider the fact that the movie’s basic premise was completely absurd,” he said. “Why do they train drillers to be astronauts and not astronauts to be drillers? You would think that the learning curve would be somewhat steeper on the road from oil driller to astronaut. But it was fun and the timing was right. ”
But, perhaps frustratingly, Affleck also recalls being forced to be “sexy” for the movie when he was already a popular male lead and considered a fan of everyone thanks to “Good Will.” Hunting” (which won him and Damon a Best Screenplay Oscar).
“I was a bit naive about the opinions people would form about me. Or the way that Michael [Bay] and Jerry [Bruckheimer]focus on aesthetics and ‘You guys have to go to the tanning beds!’ he said, recalling some specific regimens he had to go through for the role.
“They made me fix my teeth, exercise and be sexy. Be sexy, how do I do it? ‘Fitness!’ Running in the gym and oiling my body and stuff, and it’s just a long version of one of those topless calendar men, in a garage, carrying a tire vehicle, greased type. Michael had an image of a male torso glistening in oil, and he said, ‘It’ll be in the trailer and selling tickets!’ And you know what, what can you say? I think we were able to make 400 ‘Chasing Amys’ for what we did ‘Armageddon’. “
He added that the movie is one that “my kids have seen and they will admit to enjoying, even though they constantly mock it, and me. ‘What are you, driving a tank on the moon?’ But they had fun, you know what I mean? They won’t even watch ‘The Town.’ So you have it. ”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/01/ben-affleck-sexy-armageddon-1234689858/ Ben Affleck indignant at being sexy because of Michael Bay’s Armageddon