Michael Bay reflects on “Will Armageddon” with Bruce Willis

Twenty-four years ago, director Michael Bay had not yet imagined the high-speed car chases in the “Ambulance”, but instead focused on a team of deep oil drillers tasked with saving the world from an asteroid. of the size. from Texas.

Perennial action hero Bruce Willis has been the lead character in the 1998 space movie, starring Harry S. Stamper, the leader of the novice astronaut crew. Maybe it’s hard to imagine now, but “Armageddon” was only Bay’s third feature film, so Willis’ landing was a major coup, especially since the director was inspired by the action star’s films (especially 1988 “Die Hard”) since its inception. Career.

In a recent interview, Bay reflected on Willis’ legacy and recounted variety which makes the actor – whose family announced last month that he will retire from acting – so iconic.

“Bruce, he’s a movie star,” Bay said simply. “He can control the screen. It’s also very funny. “

About working with the iconic actor, Bay added: “He takes control of the cast and has a great energy of fun and I had a great time. It was tough at first, and by the way, “Armageddon” was a totally fun set. “It was almost like a camp.”

And like any good caravan, Willis was a little mischievous on set. While the team was filming scenes at NASA, Bay says the actor tried to get into the space shuttle.

“They stopped preparing it for another hour, for us. We are on the portal [the Orbiter Access Arm, which allows access into the shuttle]”And Bruce was able to get in,” Bay recalled, explaining that the actor was allowed to stand at the door of the capsule, but did not go any further. “He says to me, ‘Mike, we’re going to take one shot; the second time, I’ll run for her and I’ll get inside the shuttle. ‘”

So the couple went from the clean room to the capsule door, Bay continued, “Bruce is about to enter the space shuttle … and these guys, all in suits, completely masked, are like [wagging his finger side to side]”Uh, uh, uh!”

Bay says the happy memory comes when people find out that Willis was recently diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to communicate.

“As a result, Bruce is reluctant to pursue a career that has meant so much to him,” said the Willis family’s statement posted on social media by his wife Emma Heming Willis and their daughters Mabel and Evelyn. , along with his ex-wife Demi Moore and their daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.

“This is a truly challenging time for our family and we are very grateful for your continued love, compassion and support,” the statement said. “We are going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring his fans because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, “Live it up,” and together we plan to do just that. “

The “ambulance” is now running in cinemas.