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Michael Bay fires back at Hugo”Don’t call me Megatron” Weaving

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

While promoting Cloud Atlas Hugo Weaving (Matrix) made remarks stating his disinterest in continuing his role in Captain America and how “unfulfilling” his voice work as Megatron was in the three Michael Bay directed Transformers movies.

Here’s the meat of what Weaving said to Collider;

“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.”

Here is Bay’s response;

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.

You’ll remember Michael Bay had a highly publicized spat with Megan Fox after filming Transformers 2. That didn’t end up too well for the Actress, Jonah Hexx probably didn’t help either. Unlike Ms. Fox though Weaving is a well respected actor with a very impressive resume. So I wouldn’t expect him to vanish in the same way. In Weaving’s defense I think he was trying to say that films like Cloud Atlas and Lord of the Rings are creatively more rewarding than voice acting in a booth with no one to work off of. Knowing Michael Bay though, I am sure this is far from over. Stay tuned.

What do you think; is Weaving being misunderstood, is he being glib, or is Michael Bay overreacting? I think Hugo meant to say one thing, but it came out wrong and that Bay is being protective of his film, and you can’t blame him for that.

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    • Hahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaahhaahahahahaahahahahahahahahahaha. Mr. Bay cracks me up. I love the Elephant Rescue idea though. We should talk about this on the podcast, I do declare.

    • Manny

      It is shameful for an actor to disrespect the hundreds of workers that bled for a film by trivializing it. Clearly Mr Weaving should only do Shakespeare in the park. I applaud Bay's calling him out. I'm sure he'll keep the money. If only he'd also kept his mouth shut

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