NASA Space Shuttle Break-In Attempt: Michael Bay Reveals Bruce Willis’ Prank On Armageddon Set

By Martin B

Michael Bay’s 1998 space movie Armageddon was a major blockbuster at the time of its release, starring Bruce Willis as the lead actor. Recently, Bay spoke about his experience working with Willis and what makes him such an iconic movie star.

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Bay noted that Willis has a commanding presence on screen, with a great sense of humor and the ability to take control of the cast.

However, Bay also shared a mischievous story from the set. During the filming of scenes at NASA, Willis made an attempt to enter the space shuttle. However, Bay clarified that although the actor was permitted to sit on the capsule door, he was not authorized to proceed any further.

Willis had other plans, telling Bay that on the second take, he would make a run for it and go inside the shuttle. Bay and Willis walked to the capsule door, with Willis about to break into the shuttle, but were stopped by suited-up NASA personnel.

The narrative is an entertaining anecdote from the production of a timeless action film, but its significance is heightened by the recent revelation that Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia and now dementia.

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Willis’ family has announced that he will be stepping back from acting, and the statement they released expresses their appreciation for the love, compassion, and support they have received during this difficult time.

The story highlights the camaraderie and fun that can be found on a movie set, as well as the enduring legacy of a beloved actor like Bruce Willis.