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Did You Know?
… that Director Michael Bay makes a cameo appearance in Armageddon as a NASA scientist. He practiced his chair move ten times.
... that Armageddon was the screenplay that put writer/director/television product J.J. Abrams on the map.
… that Bruce Willis improvised the line, "The United States government just asked us to save the world. Anybody want to say no?" on the first day of shooting. QuickClip
… that each actor made his own decision about what they wanted from the government in exchange for saving the world. Bruce Willis read the requests for the first time while the camera was rolling.
… that Armageddon took eight months to shoot and that filmmakers shot 1.3 million feet of film. It would take 20 consecutive 8-hour days to watch every foot of film.
… that the filmmakers opted not to shoot on location at NASA buildings because they weren't "sexy" enough looking for a Hollywood blockbuster film. However, all launch shots of the space shuttle were actual lift-offs. In addition, NASA allowed the filmmakers to shoot a scene of the astronauts entering the space shuttle at the launch pad a week before an actual lift-off.
… that Armageddon was shot on an actual oil rig off the coast of Galveston, Texas that is worth $400 million. Although filmmakers are not usually permitted to shoot on oil rigs due to their high value, it was allowed in the case of Armageddon because the premise was that oil riggers were saving the world. It took 2 and a half hours to reach the rig by helicopter.
… that Armageddon cost $130 million to make. Some of the costs: a $75,000 nuclear bomb prop, a $150,000 Armadillo and 1.5 million dollar space suits. Training the dogs to attack the Godzilla dolls: $20,000. You get the idea.
... A few months before Armageddon was released another movie about a meteor attack on earth came to the theaters. Deep Impact was more well received by the critics and had fewer scientific inaccuracies but Armageddon was the box office champ and you don't see us putting up a Deep Impact tribute do you? Here is the trailer:
... We would like to leave you with this thought provoking question - which would have been easier to do in 17 days -to train astronauts how to drill or to train drillers how to be astronauts?
Armageddon On Location
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Bruce Willis is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Bruce Willis Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP