A-Listers for the Robots

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  1. UTF

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    Ever get the feeling, that if the robots were voiced by A-list actors in the movie, they might have had more than... 3 lines (at most) each?

    Obviously the cast they got are veterans when it comes to voice over work, but the average movie-goer wouldn't have a clue who most of them were.

    As such, I don't think Bay or the writing staff thought it was necessary to give them much character, or screen time, or dialog.
     
  2. Lock Cade

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    I don't know if Michael Bay would bother getting A-listers on board to voice giant robots who would most likely only appear for a few scenes and barely say 2-3 lines each.
     
  3. DecepticonsRule

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    Although it wouldn't happen, there are some good "famous" actors that would make great voices for Transformers.

    Christian Bale- Prowl
    Liam Neeson- Ultra Magnus

    Christian Bale was in "Howl's Moving Castle", so he's not really against voice-overs if the script is good. It would never happen, it's just my opinion.
     
  4. Wheeljack_Prime

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    I personally think the movie's voice cast was nearly perfect.
     
  5. Bumblethumper

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    I don't think any A-listers are against doing voice work. It's good money and an extra credit for something they can often do in an afternoon's work.

    In general I think professional voice actors are a much better way to go.
     
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    Sigh...

    That would sound more like :

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    Or

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    ....and that would not be something positive imo.
     
  7. shroobmaster

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    The robots are already expensive enough and you want expensive voices for 'em?

    Good thinking!
     
  8. Peter Cullen91

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    Samuel L. Jackson as Omega Supreme :dj 
     
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    I'd be worried that a big name star doing a voice would overshadow everything else.
     
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    Not to mention that your budget would get eaten up by the A-listers
     
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    I wanted the Wayans brothers as Skids and Mudflap.
     
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    Why waste such great talent on movies like these?
     
  13. PurpleOptics

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    To make them even more appealing to the mass audience.
     
  14. Dinobot Nuva

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    I'll stick with the 300 approach. Cast somebody more off the wall like Gerard Butler as the lead (in this case Optimus Prime) so everybody doesn't spend half the time he's on screen trying to get around the fact that its so-and-so from their last movie in a different costume.

    Obscurer voices or actors make the characters more believable IMO.
     
  15. DarthCrusher

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    Watchmen did the same thing. I agree.
     
  16. Roadtrack

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    Hmm,
    Sandra Bullock - Elita 1 (even though she hasn't been in any movies recently)
     
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    I agree as well; the concept that not-so-common actors in top roles helps you immerse yourself into the story and the characters. You aren't stuck on the familiar face from however many movies prior, or the familiar voice that makes you think of the voice actor doing the part instead of (in this case) the giant robot it's meant to be. I will always take someone that does a good job that I've never seen before over a familiar face/voice.

    However, I don't think any response to this thread has so far answered the point that was originally being made. If A-Listers were used for the Transformers' voices, would they have gotten a whole lot more screentime as a result? In other words, would the script have gone differently to accommodate the well-known actors putting the voice to our TF characters?

    I say yes, they would have. Perhaps not with all of them, but I think the 'screentime' and dialogue between Autobots would have increased greatly if there were recognized names behind them. Case in point, Hugo Weaving got quite a lot of dialogue as Megatron. (The only other TFs to get a heavy amount of dialogue were Skids and Mudflap, and that was more because they were Michael's pets/favorites.) And I would almost mention Cullen as a counterpoint, except even he got an 'exit' halfway through the movie.

    It's too bad too, because it almost feels like there's this lousy trade-off of less screen time for non-Hollywood voices, or more screen time for voices that are too familiar/distracting.

    I dunno. Maybe TF3 will recognize that? We'll see.
     
  18. Chris McFeely

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    Frankly, it seems that the voice-work part - casting, recording, and everything - comes so dang late into the making of it that the script's pretty much done already, so regardless of whether they get A-Liste Hollywooders, top voice talent or John Q. Nobody, it doesn't seem like the number of the lines the characters get would change very much. Unless, of course, they were to actively switch it up and do the casting first, and the script is then written based on that fact - but I'm generally pretty opposed to that sort of thing when it comes to voice acting. Don't build the character around the actor - define the character, the hire the actor best suited.
     
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    Well put!
     
  20. Pun-3X

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    That would be the point. If they knew they were shooting for a-list actors for the voices, they would probably find the voices first just the same as they found Shia, Megan, Josh, etc. And there's a good chance it would alter the script as a result. But, you're right. It would all depend when in the movie-making process they would decide to get the voices.
     

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