Michael Bay Fires Back at Hugo Weaving’s TRANSFORMERS Comments

     October 18, 2012


Hell hath no fury like an action director scorned.  Quite the hubbub resulted from an interview we here at Collider conducted with Cloud Atlas star Hugo Weaving a couple of days ago.  The actor spoke candidly about his disinterest in doing more Marvel films following Captain America, and he was also blunt when it came to his brief work on Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  Weaving voiced the character of Megatron in the Michael Bay actioner, and when asked about possibly returning for the fourth film in the franchise, Weaving stated that recording the voice of a robot for two hours wasn’t the most fulfilling of acting gigs.

As one might imagine, Bay wasn’t exactly thrilled with the comments and has now fired back with a rather reasonable response.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

hugo-weaving-transformersFirst up, here’s what Weaving told us about his Transformers work in the previous interview:

“It was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it.  They wanted me to do it.  In one way, I regret that bit.  I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless.  It was meaningless to me, honestly.  I don’t mean that in any nasty way.  I did it.  It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things… my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal.  I have never met him.  I was never on set.  I’ve seen his face on Skype.  I know nothing about him, really.  I just went in and did it.  I never read the script.  I just have my lines, and I don’t know what they mean.”

michael-bay-transformersIn true Michael Bay fashion, the filmmaker went to his blog to take Weaving to task for complaining about a very well-paid job:

Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voiceover work that took a brisk one hour and 43 minutes to complete, and then complain about their jobs? With all the problems facing our world today, do these grumbling thespians really think people reading the news actually care about trivial complaints that their job wasn’t ‘artistic enough” or “fulfilling enough”? I guess The Hollywood Reporter thinks so.

What happened to people who had integrity, who did a job, got paid for their hard work, and just smiled afterward? Be happy you even have a job – let alone a job that pays you more than 98% of the people in America.

I have a wonderful idea for all those whiners: They can give their “unhappy job money” to a wonderful Elephant Rescue. It’s the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. I will match the funds they donate.

I don’t think Weaving was necessarily complaining about the Transformers job—he seemed to be trying to explain exactly why he would be unlikely to take a role like that again—but Bay actually makes a sound argument (despite erroneously crediting the interview to The Hollywood Reporter).  Whatever the case, it appears that Weaving and Bay probably won’t be teaming up on anything in the near future.

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