Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Armageddon

Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Armageddon


The summer movie season is in full swing,
and we’re looking back 20 years
at the smash hits of 1998. And since the Cinefix suits wouldn’t
sign off on any talking animal or hair gel things, we went for that
blockbuster to end all blockbusters, and possibly any credibility
that Michael Bay ever had. So strap yourselves in for seven things
you didn’t know about Armageddon. Probably. Thanks to the favorable light
it casts on the space program, the production of Armageddon was
granted unprecedented access to many of NASA’s facilities and equipment. Like this vacuum chamber that can
fit a space shuttle inside, and has a 40-ton door. This hangar, which is so
tall they had to constantly run the AC so clouds don’t form in the ceiling. And the neutral buoyancy pool for
simulating zero g in astronaut training, which is 40 feet deep, and
holds 6 million gallons of water. Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck were actually
the first people to go inside it who weren’t affiliated with the space program. But with all this access, Michael Bay
declined to shoot at the real mission control, (Sound) citing that
it just Wasn’t sexy enough. Instead, they slapped a NASA sign on the
front of an herbal supplement company for the exterior, and
the rest was shot in a studio. And that’s pretty much
Bay’s mantra right there, why be accurate when you can be sexy? (Sound)
You probably already know that Deep Impact came out just two months
before Armageddon, giving moviegoers two asteroid movies
to choose from in the summer of ’98. Well, technically speaking,
Deep Impact was a comet movie. But my point is, competition was stiff. What you probably didn’t know was that
Godzilla taking his bite of ticket sales was almost the bigger concern. In fact, the only reason
Armageddon even had a soundtrack was because Godzilla had one. In the final weeks of production,
they slapped together a few tracks and Bay brought in his old buddies,
Aerosmith to record an original song. The previous year,
Bay directed their video for Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)
and, as you can see, they even reused some of the props and
tasty hoots.>>You know how much I love jugs. (Laugh)
>>The soundtrack hit number one on the charts for two weeks, and Aerosmith’s
I Don’t want to Miss A Thing was nominated for an Oscar, and became the band’s
very first song to debut at number one. Boom, bonus thing, which makes this
the first time anything positive ever came from being chased by Godzilla. (Sound)
Hard to believe, but Armageddon started Ben Affleck’s transformation to
the Hollywood superstar we know today. And by transformation, I mean literally. In the wake of Titanic,
pun very much intended, Affleck was cast opposite Liv Tyler
to boost the movie’s love story. But Michael Bay had just one problem
with the fresh-faced indie darling. His teeth.>>I’m at a loss for words.>>According to Bay,
Affleck had baby teeth, and they spent $20,000 of the budget for
Ben to sit in a dentist chair for a whole week, getting his teeth capped. Much sexier. If you take a second
look at Goodwill Hunting, you can kind of see the difference. I guess an apple a day doesn’t
keep the director away.>>How do you like them apples?>>(Laugh) Moving on. (Sound)
>>What are you doing with a gun in space?>>It seems impossible that
a popcorn movie thrill ride might be counted alongside the classics
of Fellini and Kurosawa, but Armageddon was released on
the Criterion collection. It was actually the last movie to be
released on laser disc for Criterion, but that’s not really the thing. What you may not know is the Criterion
commentary track with Ben Affleck is one of the most brutally
honest in history. He pulls almost no punches, pointing out
some of the more obvious plot holes.>>They don’t know jack about drilling.>>I mean,
this is a little bit of a logic stretch. Let’s face it,
they don’t know jack about drilling. How hard can it be? Like, somehow they can build rocket ships,
but they don’t understand
what makes a good tranny? (Laugh)
>>Taking jabs at the director.>>This is where you just have a random
helicopter in the background for no real reason, just because you’re a big
movie, and you’re expensive, and you can. I asked Michael why it was easier to train
oil drillers to become astronauts then it was to train astronauts to
become oil drillers, and he told me to shut the (Sound) up. I was like it was a real plan
at NASA to train oil drillers? He was like just shut your mouth.>>Even throwing a little
shade at Bruce Willis.>>None of them want to pay taxes again.>>Bruce is a big no taxes kind of guy. So that was close to his heart. You know, he’s Republican, you know that.>>Bear in mind, he had just won
an Oscar at the 70th Academy Awards, which still has the largest viewer
rating of any Oscar ceremony ever. Boom, bonus thing.>>So, he was probably feeling a bit
untouchable when he recorded it. And he even does a legitimately good Sling
Blade impression for Billy Bob scenes.>>Now take a look at this here,
I’s draw it there. Can’t you see it, slaying NASA.>>And
I’m sure Billy Bob was cool with it.>>I reckon we drill. (Sound)
>>Now that I think about it, some of that commentary griping
from Affleck might be because he almost died a few times while filming. Fresh on the set of his
first action movie, Affleck insisted on doing his own stunts.>>I’m a fool. That was idiotic. I mean, that was stupid. I’m an idiot.>>But he gladly left it to
the professionals after this very real fireball flew past his head and he was
almost smashed by this door blowing off. Then, there was the first
day wearing the space suits. Ben had to stop the scene to look for
a rock to break open his helmet because he was suffocating due
to an air supply malfunction.>>It’s been a nightmare when
it comes to the space suits.>>And
there was a different take of this shot, where Ben lost his balance
after being grabbed and almost fell into the neutral buoyancy pool
while wearing a hundred-pound space suit. Thankfully, he didn’t fall in, but
you have to admit, what a sexy way to go. (Sound)
Setting aside his later work on Transformers, Bay was
never a big fan of CGI. He took every opportunity on Armageddon to
use real explosions, flip real cars, and drop actual heavy things
around his actors. Which is how Bruce Willis’ stunt
double almost died when he took one of these pipes to the head,
boom, bonus thing. So it might blow your mind that
the asteroid was an actual physical prop. The arts department spent months
fashioning one large enough to actually fit a camera inside,
and get all those close angles. Gases and debris were later added
digitally to finish the look. Then, a crew of 150 spent another
three months building a set for the actors to actually walk on
the surface of the asteroid. It was constructed inside
the biggest stage they could find. And since Bay loves his low angles,
they ended up excavating 20 feet below the floor of the sound stage
which was reportedly expensive. But why worry about money
when you can be sexy? (Sound)
>>Listen, this is a kick-ass ride!>>Let’s finish it off with one
crazy thing about working with NASA. This blast-off wasn’t stock footage. And it was the first time an outside
crew was allowed to film a launch. Cinematographer John Schwartzman set up 14
individual cameras to capture the take-off of space shuttle Endeavor on its
way to the Mir space station. But because of NASA’s 48 hour
lockdown before a launch, he had to set up the cameras
pre-loaded with film two days prior. Then, after recording was activated
remotely, they needed to wait another four hours so the hydrochloric acid gas that is
generated after a launch could clear out. Apparently the brave soul who went out
there to retrieve the first camera, puked his guts out from the smell. But thankfully all that sexy
footage wasn’t destroyed, and that’s really all that matters, right? That’s all for today, but hit the thumbs
up if you think Armageddon is a super fun time that was unfairly scrutinized,, as if
it was a serious piece of filmmaking and be sure to let us know in
the comments if you want a part two. I’m thinking yes.>>Way wrong answer. (Sound)
>>Thanks for watching, and subscribe to Cinefix for
more true-ish things about movies, and sometimes sexy over substance,
right here on Things You Didn’t Know. (Music)

100 thoughts on “Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Armageddon”

  1. Smokey and the Bandit?
    Smokey and the Bandit part 2? Or Smokey and the Bandit part 3? For homemade movies

  2. There's a new Bumblebee movie coming out soon I was wondering can you make a bumblebee VW Volkswagen Beetle for me please and make it trailer 2

  3. Could you do some Things You Didn't Know on some of the popular Westerns from the 80s, 90s and 2000s? I'm sure under all that dusty landscapes, gruff voiced characters and drawn out shootouts, there's some fun facts. Personal favorites of mine from this era are:
    Quigley Down Under
    Silverado
    Unforgiven
    Tombstone
    Crossfire Trail
    Open Range
    and 3:10 to Yuma 😜

  4. A part 2? Oh yes please. Has there ever actually been a part 2 for any of these videos? If so, there aren’t many. Come on Cinefix!
    Also, now that Ready Player One is out on DVD will there be a Ready Player One: Book vrs Movie, what’s the difference?

  5. I always enjoyed Michael Bay’s practical action effects. Hated his transformers movies :

    And yes, Armageddon is a seriously fun movie!

  6. Find it hard to believe that they only had a sound track because godzilla had 1, all movies release a sound track to make more money, so that's why they would've done the same , has nothing to do with godzilla, money is the reason.

  7. Just realized that a “Things you didn’t know “ hasn’t been done for Usual Suspects! Unless I’m just missing it… if not, here’s a formal request. Love the videos!

  8. just think…if the dinosaurs had been able to alter the course of that naughty asteroid, history would be far different

  9. Another bonus thing you didn't know: Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith pretty much blackmailed the movie directors into casting his daughter Liv for the movie. The story goes that he (Tyler) refused to let Armageddon use his music unless his daughter got the part. The studio execs caved and the rest is history.

  10. The ending put me in a dillema on weather I should leave a like to this video.Well guess it's still no, even though I agree and liked the commentary, this movie was so boring (from what I can remember)…

  11. This movie is just propaganda so the World Government can keep the lie up that the Earth is round when clearly it's FLAT!!!!

    Hahahahahahahaha

  12. Armegeddon hate is a classic example of people being too pretentious at a dumb popcorn flick. It's supposed to be dumb fun, just enjoy the damn movie and stop analyzing why in scene 3 act 2 did Bruce Willis stutter over a line.

  13. I heard that the final shot of the asteroid breaking apart and going around the earth was still being rendered a few days before release.

  14. Afleck is a dipshit white knight social jihadi hypocrite . If he does t like someone, they are doing something right. He is the king of moral peacocking all while using a do as I say, not as I do level of bullshit that is why so many despise Hollywood and commiefornia in general. Stay there and stop fleeing to ruin other states like locusts voting for endless handouts that bankrupt every place run by far leftists!

  15. I've been behind the scenes at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab. They had trouble with Bruce Willis chain smoking after repeatedly telling him he could not smoke inside the facility.

  16. I provided stories for both Deep Impact and Armageddon, both modified from the same science fiction source, that won a lawsuit and rightly so. If they'd wanted originality, they should have paid for originality. They were supposed to come out at the same time. I also wrote the speeches for both films. Cool huh?

  17. Another unknown fact: I jerked it countless times to Liv Tyler in this movie when I was younger.

    Yesterday. I jerked it to Liv Tyler in this movie yesterday.

  18. Being an ex roughneck I can see the logic of training up drillers to go into space. It's really not easy. I am not say they would replace the astronauts but it would be faster to train them to go to space along side them then astronauts on how to drill.

  19. When doing the section about music…you missed something…The song "Remember Me" by Journey is NOT sang by Steve Perry…it SOUNDS amazingly like Perry…but was in fact done byn Steve Augeri who was brought in as lead singer for Journey for a number of years before finally switching to current front man Arnel Pineda… 😉

  20. I'm seeing this way after the fact but wow Ben Affleck's teeth. 😲😲😲 bet he was happy after that with thousands of dollars in dentist bill paid for just being in a damn movie also being paid on top of that.

  21. I used to never cry at movies and would make fun of my sister for crying at almost EVERY MOVIE, but Armageddon was the first movie I had ever cried at, it hit me so hard. I was only 10 when I saw it.

  22. Are you saying that Bay used real metal pipes and not foam/plastic prop pipes? Moron. That hanger by the way is 526 feet tall.

  23. This was a great video, but, hem, truth be told, there's never anything good enough about a Michael Bay movie that warrants seven ADDITIONAL things you (probably) didn't know because "you" (probably) didn't care either.

  24. Incidentally, "Armageddon," although a bad movie, was still FAR better than "Deep Impact," which was such a forgettable movie that in made no impact at all.

  25. it's fascinating how many people enjoy the natural raw wild organic sensations mother Earth has to offer, but yet the majority of the population is not doing anything to demand from leaders that we improve upon and maintain the quality of standards pertaining to our air, water, foods, landscapes, working and living environment every day home products to be made manufactured mass-produced in a way that doesn't disrupt or diminish the quality of life, by leaving excess poisonous ,toxic, wastes behind you can't be pro-life if your doing business with outdated power sources, inferior materials, poisonous, toxic substances that have been scientifically classified, religiously verified as petrified death! Better known as coal, oil and gas the chemical industry. Which now that Donald Trump has been bought off and paid out by lifting sanctions and deregulating! Putting Caps ON restricting what the EPA FDA drug and food ministration, health and human services environmentalists can present to the public. Our air ,water ,landscapes ,working and living environments are going to be facing oil spills, gas leaks, toxins being burnt off in to our airways) much more frequent with less consequence which is going to result in, cause environmental financial global collapse. Combined with all the health risks that have already been established from business being conducted in this, low-quality outdated manner, by top scientists leading physician specialist the EPA,FDA, drug and food ministration Surgeon General's warnings. They say not to use a generator inside your house or car garage for carbon monoxide poisoning is a leading cause of death! So very soon you will have pipelines from coast-to-coast burning off this petrified death! It is basically bringing the generator inside our house. The oldest trick the Republicans have been using preventing these programs from doing their job is by defunding them. It's what happened the whole time during Obama's presidency it is irritating negligent that Democrats are not bringing these points out sharing these facts would Americans. Talk about play hardball! Talk about pro-life ,women's rights and gay-rights. How about the right to clean air, water, high nutritional value foods. Democrats are only bringing up social classification rights. There not hitting the fundamental rights which is air water, foods, landscapes ,working, living environment and every day home products being made with advanced materials resources substances, that are stronger, lighter more versatile easier to work with+ plus the + these products can freely be used manufactured mass-produced as much is the people need or want without leaving any excess poisonous waste behind. Democrats are pushing how important it is that women have the right for a abortion. Will do the fathers have the right to make sure the kids have clean air, water and high nutritional value foods available 24 seven. As ignorant as the Democrats are behaving right now, the Republicans are celebrating being vindictive. By doing everything they can to keep the majority of the population of Americans) overwork, underpaid, out of shape, sick weak ,desperate ,overfed' undernourished' with them dirty low-paying jobs, that come from outdated! Power sources) inferior materials, poisonous, toxic substances, pesticides ,chemicals that never change their killing composition.

  26. i remember it as being what it really was, a fun, over the top, popcorn movie with some cool action scenes, who cares if its far fetched
    as long as its fun.

  27. Loved armageddon. Nothing worse than youtubers who hate on this film. Go YouTube "Armageddon is Really THAT Bad?".

  28. I watched right up to the point where you allowed movie poison Afflek to start yakking. He was the worst thing in the movie and his presence kept it from being great.

  29. Affleck is amusing but incorrect in his commentary. This is literally what NASA does when they need an expert in space – they teach an expert to go to space. They don't teach an astronaut to become an expert in something unrelated to their field. The experts don't do the flying, so there's not that much to be trained for really.

  30. Armageddon waa f&$n awesome!!! I loved Summer 1998 my parents took me to see Armageddon, Deep impact even Godzilla !!

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