Trivia / Armageddon

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Stanley Anderson played the President in Bay's earlier film The Rock, and the demeanor of both Presidents is highly similar.
    • During his space dementia moment, Rockhound says "Yippie Kai Yo Kai yay" which is very close to the curse-free part of Bruce Willis' Die Hard movies' Catch-Phrase.
  • Backed by the Pentagon: NASA in this case. Hard to believe but it's true this did have NASA scientists as advisers and the movie was able to shoot in the NASA facilities. The only NASA place that isn't real is the control room which was designed for the film. Though the real Mission Control room does appear in the film. Also the Pentagon.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing", their first ever #1 hit.
  • California Doubling: The New York City scenes at the beginning were actually filmed in the Spring Street Financial District of Los Angeles. They actually manage to cover this up seamlessly for the most part, except for one shot of a guy in his car where you can see palm trees in the background.
  • Creator's Apathy: According to Ben Affleck on the DVD commentary:
    I asked Michael why it was easier to train oil drillers to become astronauts than it was to train astronauts to become oil drillers and he told me to shut to the fuck up. So, that was the end of that talk.
    • Regarding the line of "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? Aim the drill at the ground and turn it on.
  • The Criterion Collection: Spine # 40, to be exact. This was the final film they released on LaserDisc and one of the final films released on that format before Hollywood and Walt Disney Home Video switched to DVD.
  • Dueling Movies: This one was the winner vs. Deep Impact, at least financially. Primarily because where Deep Impact "tries" to be "inspirational", Armageddon knows it's 10% I Want My Jet Pack/90% Hollywood Science and just runs with it.
  • Fake Russian: Peter Stormare, from Sweden, portrayed the loony cosmonaut. Of course, considering it's Peter Stormare, whose characters often steal the whole damn movie despite having limited roles, said loony cosmonaut is one of the best characters in the movie.
  • Mathematician's Answer: In some markets, this film was advertised as starring "Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton". While it is true that both these men won Oscars, neither of them won for acting.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The reason why why Billy Bob Thornton was in this movie, which he wasn't shy to admit as soon as his contractual obligation to advertise the movie ended. He did say, however, that he didn't think it was that bad of a movie.
  • Old Shame:
    • Subverted. In an interview with Miami Herald, Michael Bay said "I will apologize for Armageddon", and explained how being forced to film the whole movie in 16 weeks caused the crew's performance to suffer, but later added on his website's forum that his words had been taken out of context and he actually was proud of the movie.
    • Ben Affleck seems to get red in the face anytime its brought up, such as on Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Harry and AJ are also Super Saiyans (Goku and Vegeta, respectively).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Harry. This is the second consecutive Bay directed film in which Schwarzenegger was offered one of the lead roles but turned it down, with the other being The Rock (a decision he later regretted).
    • The orignal script did not include the romantic subplot between AJ and Grace, and instead had more emphasis on Truman. It was later added after the success of Titanic with teenage girls.
    • Denise Richards, Milla Jovovich, and Robin Wright were all considered for the role of Grace.