“Be sexy, how do I do that?”
While watching Michael Bay’s classic 1998 disaster film Armageddon, you might be tempted to think about a lot of things — like asteroids hitting Earth, the whole plausibility of the film itself, stuff like that.
Affleck claimed that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay had a “focus on aesthetics” that veered toward how he looked.
“[They were] like, ‘You guys gotta go to the tanning bed!'” he recalled. “They made me fix my teeth and work out and be sexy. Be sexy, how do I do that? ‘Go to the gym!'”
“Running in the gym and putting oil on my body and stuff, and it just turned out to be a long-form version of one of those male topless calendars, in a garage, carrying a tire, kind of greased up.”
In case you forgot, Affleck played an oil rig worker in the film, and he told Damon that his character’s occupation played a role in Bay’s, uh, vision for displaying Affleck’s body.
“Michael had a vision of a glistening male torso in the oil, and he was like, ‘That’s going to go in the trailer and sell tickets!’ And you know, what can you say?” Indeed!