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This was another job that I had acquired through Kristian Sorensen's 'Alpha Company.' The scenes that I was in were filmed on a soundstage that was built-up to look like a NORAD bunker in Cheyenne Mountain. Actually, it was an old aircraft hanger converted somewhere off in the back of LAX.
I thought that the director Michael Bay was rather rude. I guess he can feel insulted -- on his way to the bank to deposit his 199 million-dollar check. : ) Not that he is ever going to read this anyways.
But I guess I really owe him some special thanks, because 'Armageddon' was the first major motion picture where my close-up wasn't edited out onto the cutting room floor. Anyway, the man does some pretty intense films -- and is brilliant with astounding quality special effects. I am a fan of his work -- just am not crazy about his elite-ist attitude toward 'mere mortals.'
I was very impressed with meeting Billy Bob Thornton. Not sure of what I expected, but the guy was one of the most approachable and down-to-earth famous people that I have ever met in Hollywood. During one of the breaks in filming, he just invited a couple of us into his personal trailer -- we had coffee -- and talked about music -- and football, of all things.
I also got the chance to spend a few minutes with Liv Tyler backstage. She was unassuming -- and so sweet, you'd never even know that she was a star. She is also very pretty in person. But the kid just didn't act like that was an issue. Big kudos to her for her demeanor.