Updated: Wed, 01 May 2013 14:30:00 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Cannes scandals: the film festival's history of controversy

1998 - Laughing at Armageddon



1998 - Laughing at Armageddon (© Moviestore Collection / Rex Features)
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At the 1998 festival, the decision to preview half an hour of footage from Bruce Willis and Michael Bay's giant asteroid film Armageddon didn't work out very well - instead of being impressed by the emotional scenes as Willis saves the world, the audience instead laughed at the terrible dialogue. A less-than-happy Willis, who was at the screening and heard the laughter, later insisted that the film wasn't the finished product.

It was released a few months later, and the dialogue was still rubbish.

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