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Old 10-15-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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As the voice of Megatron, has Michael Bay called about the next Transformers movie yet?

WEAVING: No. Thatís a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didnít have time, anyway. It was one of the only things Iíve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didnít care about it, I didnít think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I donít regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if itís meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I donít mean that in any nasty way. I did it. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things. Of course, itís a massive film thatís made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainess characters. But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him. I was never on set. Iíve 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 donít know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! Iíve never done anything like that, in my life. Itís hard to say any more about it than that, really.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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I believe we've seen or heard about this from a past interview ... not too shocking.

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:46 PM   #3
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It's not any kind of surprise. It would have been like that for pretty much anyone. Megatron barely had any lines throughout all 3 movies.


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Old 10-15-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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Nothing really new here. I didn't really expect him to return myself.

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It's not any kind of surprise. It would have been like that for pretty much anyone. Megatron barely had any lines throughout all 3 movies.
That's actually how it is with a lot of voice acting gigs, especially VA parts in live-action movies.

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It's fun to see how Bay hired a guy who doesn't care instead of Welker...
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It's fun to see how Bay hired a guy who doesn't care instead of Welker...
And yet he still pulled in a better performance.

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:50 PM   #7
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You know nothing about that, Welker never did it. Weaving's Megatron is very, very generic.
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It's fun to see how Bay hired a guy who doesn't care instead of Welker...
Yep.

Megatron was essentially phoned in.

What a joke...

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And yet he still pulled in a better performance.
Not necessarily. Given the chance, who knows what a talent like Welker, who has an affinity and connection to the character, might have pulled off? It didn't have to be the G1 voice, necessarily.

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As posted above, hardly surprising in any way, but it is both darkly hilarious and (for the fandom, to a degree) a little disheartening to read this each time he talks about Megs/Transformers in an interview.

All that said, I'd be interested in him doing Megs again in some fashion, be it in flashback sequences during future films or in other Transformers media. I do enjoy Frank Welker and have loved his voice acting on Prime, but I did like what Hugo Weaving did and am welcome to his returning in some fashion as Megs or another character somehow.
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You know nothing about that, Welker never did it.
He did it in the games. And he has his Megatron-falling-asleep voice in Prime.

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Weaving's Megatron is very, very generic.
Maybe in the first movie where they deepened it to the extreme, but not in 2 and 3. Unless by generic you mean "finally a good Megatron voice that wasn't David Kaye" then yes.

The thing is, while we the fandom may be hinging on every dicision and whatnot, we're always the ones who care the most. For the majority of people in the business it's just a job, plain and simple.

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Megatron was essentially phoned in.
Skyped in, actually.

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Given the chance, who knows what a talent like Welker, who has an affinity and connection to the character, might have pulled off?
Who gives a shit? All is said and done and we already got a great voice for the movie. Just because it's reveaed after the fact that his VA didn't give a damn doesn't change the fact that it was good.

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It didn't have to be the G1 voice, necessarily.
Then why bother with him anyway?

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