Michael Bay is considering making ‘Armageddon’ with Bruce Willis

Twenty-four years ago, director Michael Bay hadn’t yet dreamed of high-speed car chases in his “ambulance,” but instead focused on a team of deep oil rigs tasked with saving the world from an asteroid the size of Texas.

Perpetual action hero Bruce Willis topped the title for the 1998 space movie, playing Harry S Stamper, captain of the junior astronaut crew. It might be hard to imagine now, but “Armageddon” was only Bay’s third feature, so Willis’ landing was a huge coup, especially since the director had been inspired by the action star’s films (particularly 1988’s “Die Hard”) since his early life. Vocational.

In a recent interview, Bai reflected on Willis’ legacy and told us about it diverse What makes the actor – whose family announced last month that he is stepping back from acting – so creative.

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

On working with the iconic actor, Bey added, “He controls the cast, has such a fun energy 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 camp.”

And like any good camper, Willis was a bit mischievous on set. While the crew filmed scenes at NASA, Bay says the actor tried to storm the space shuttle.

They stopped making it for an hour, for us. We are on the crane bridge [the Orbiter Access Arm, which allows access into the shuttle]Bey recalls, explaining that the actor was allowed to sit at the capsule door, but did not go further. “Go to me, Mike, we’ll take one; the second time, I’ll run for her and I’ll go inside the shuttle.”

So the two walked from the cleanroom to the capsule door, Bay continued, “Bruce is about to break into the space shuttle…and these guys, they’re all in suits, totally masked, they’re like [wagging his finger side to side]’Ah ah ah!’

Bay recounts that the happy memory comes when the scientist learned that Willis had recently been diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to communicate.

The Willis family statement posted on social media by his wife Emma Heming Willis and their daughters Mabel and Evelyn reads, “As a result of this and with a great deal of interest, Bruce is walking away from a career that meant so much to him.” With his ex-wife Demi Moore and their daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.

“This is a challenging time for our family and we deeply appreciate your continued love, sympathy and support,” the statement continues. “We’re moving through this as a strong family unit, and we wanted to appeal to 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.”

Ambulance is now playing in theaters.

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