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Michael Bay Replies To Hugo Weaving's Statement

Posted on 10-18-2012 at 01:45 PM by SilverOptimus under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
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Things are heating up as Michael Bay replies back to Hugo Weaving regarding his statement on voice acting for Megatron.

It is said that the director has posted on his official website, but the post Collider pointing to is missing. However, Collider has posted a copy of the statement by Mr. Bay:

"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."


This may look like drama, but last time when this kind of thing happened (*cough*Megan Fox*cough*) we ended up with a new character. Which means we could end up with no Megatron or have Galvatron instead (or somebody else voicing Megatron). What do you think? Let your voice heard over at the Discussion Thread.

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Starscream Gaga
Not news, sorry, there must be at least 3 threads about this, not including the closed ones.
joshua
Omega_Sentinel
The only complaining I ever really get sick of is Michael Bay's.
barrelks
I'd say Hugo and his 8 lines per movie are replaceable. While I liked his gritty Megs voice, its not really something iconic enough that it will be missed.
C16
Weaving wasn't even complaining. Bay is just buttmad.
Jazz342
I agree with Bay. If he felt that his work wasn't fulfilling enough, why agree to do it in the first place? ? If the work wasn't worth what he got paid for it, I'd gladly take the money he doesnt feel he earned.
chrisr291
Bay is right on this one.
starscream1989
Looks like Weaving's not coming back for TF4 then!!!!

I think Frank Welker or David Kaye should get the gig instead (or Patrick Stewart)
grayman
I'm with Michael Bay on this as well.
HoosierDaddy
I agree with Bay. Actors are crybabies who do nothing and make tons of money and act like their job is so hard. Try working in a hot dirty factory for $10 an hour.

Anyway, I would be fine if they went with galvatron for movie #4 or if they use megatron when he gets rebuilt give Welker the job so Megs sounds like Megs again!!
HoosierDaddy
I agree with Bay. Actors are crybabies who do nothing and make tons of money and act like their job is so hard. Try working in a hot dirty factory for $10 an hour.

Anyway, I would be fine if they went with galvatron for movie #4 or if they use megatron when he gets rebuilt give Welker the job so Megs sounds like Megs again!!
Mattw38
Hugo Weaving was not my choice for voicing Megatron in the first place. I think they should have gone with Frank Welker..so he does 2 voicing jobs (Megatron and Soundwave)..he did it in the G1 series..so why the hell can't he do it in TF4?
whiskeytango
I would agree that Bay was in the right IF Weaving had been complaining about the job, but he clearly wasn't. He spoke frankly that the job didn't mean much to him, but he happily came in and did it for THREE movies, and now since his contract is up and his character is dead for the second time, he's fine not doing it anymore.

He wasn't bitching about it not being artistic enough at all, just saying its not his cup of tea. It sounds like Bay is just butt hurt that someone wasn't chomping at the bit to be in one of his movies.
urmandj
Totally agree with bay, they can pay me half of that and I will smile forever!
Megastar
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Originally Posted by joshua View Post
bellpeppers
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Originally Posted by Igniting_Prime View Post
Michael Bay posted a response in regards to Weaving's words towards his role in the Transformers Franchise:
Michael Bay Fires Back at Hugo Weaving
Megatron is dead, so...
OMG WHO THE HELL CARES! - YouTube
Ravenxl7
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Originally Posted by whiskeytango View Post
I would agree that Bay was in the right IF Weaving had been complaining about the job, but he clearly wasn't. He spoke frankly that the job didn't mean much to him, but he happily came in and did it for THREE movies, and now since his contract is up and his character is dead for the second time, he's fine not doing it anymore.

He wasn't bitching about it not being artistic enough at all, just saying its not his cup of tea. It sounds like Bay is just butt hurt that someone wasn't chomping at the bit to be in one of his movies.
QFT

Bay seems to be taking anything that isn't absolute unyielding love for these movies as people complaining...
Puck Hockey
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Originally Posted by C16 View Post
Weaving wasn't even complaining. Bay is just buttmad.
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Originally Posted by whiskeytango View Post
I would agree that Bay was in the right IF Weaving had been complaining about the job, but he clearly wasn't. He spoke frankly that the job didn't mean much to him, but he happily came in and did it for THREE movies, and now since his contract is up and his character is dead for the second time, he's fine not doing it anymore.

He wasn't bitching about it not being artistic enough at all, just saying its not his cup of tea. It sounds like Bay is just butt hurt that someone wasn't chomping at the bit to be in one of his movies.
This. Reading the interview again, I don't see any discontent or hostility coming from the man. He did it and was like "ok I did it."
MACRAPTRON
Frank Welker or Leonard Nimoy. Is that simple.
Ephland
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Originally Posted by whiskeytango View Post
I would agree that Bay was in the right IF Weaving had been complaining about the job, but he clearly wasn't. He spoke frankly that the job didn't mean much to him, but he happily came in and did it for THREE movies, and now since his contract is up and his character is dead for the second time, he's fine not doing it anymore.

He wasn't bitching about it not being artistic enough at all, just saying its not his cup of tea. It sounds like Bay is just butt hurt that someone wasn't chomping at the bit to be in one of his movies.
I think the thing that bothers a lot of people is that he could have simply said "I haven't heard anything about TF4," but instead he spoke about how his work meant absolutely nothing to him, he had no interest in the character or the films, and partially regretted his involvement in the first place.
tusko
I'm with Bay on this. Fame is no excuse for apathy about what made you famous.

Fans of Transformers were excited, some more than others, that Hugo was voicing Megatron. That an actor of his calibre was stepping up to the iconic character. Especially, when there are so many amazing voice talents also competing for the role, its diminishing to classify a $1B movie franchise as an unfulfiling throw-a-way roll. Think of all the people in the background, voluteering even, just to be a part of the TF mythos.
Grimlock64
I'm indifferent to Weaving and Bay's comments on this. Weaving wasn't awful, but no tmy first choice.

However, I don't feel David Kaye (as AWESOME as he is) would be good for Movieverse Megatron. Welker, yes.

But how about Fred Tatasciore (sp?) from the Dark of the Moon/WFC/FoC games? I think he'd fit doing Movie Megs officially!
firehawc_69
Simple, just let Frank Welker do it! Why is this even a question?
Slimaximus
I vote for Galvatron voiced by none other then Leonard Nimoy
Starscream NZ
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Originally Posted by tusko View Post
I'm with Bay on this. Fame is no excuse for apathy about what made you famous.
Except this didn't make him famous....at all.

Movies like Lord of the Rings, Priscilla, and The Matrix made Hugo Weavings name as known as it is today.

I bet you the average movie goer didn't even realise Hugo Weaving voiced Megatron.

Bay's acting like a kid throwing a tantrum simply because while Weaving did the work, he didn't find it emotionally fulfilling. There's nothing wrong with that at all, we all end up doing work at some point, that doesn't fulfill us.
Rhinox
There seems to be an emotional component to Weaving's comments that I don't think he intended. I don't see him as being dismissive, I see him just saying it was a job, a minor one at that, and he has no real connection to the character. That's both understandable and acceptable, given the amount of lines he did have in all three movies.

That Michael Bay would take the time to issue a fairly pissy response is more a measure of him then of Hugo Weaving.
firehawc_69
If Nimoy did it, it'd sound like they rebuilt Galvatron from Megatron using Sentinel's vocal processor.

Wait...that doesn't sound half-bad considering how he was repaired in RotF!

But I still vote for Welker!
firehawc_69
Double post.
DrawerDemon
Weaving's not wrong; there wasn't much meat on Megatron's role.
Bay's the one who hired a Box-Office Star at those prices. He could have hired a regular VO actor for 1/1000 of the cost.
toaster
My god, Bay shouldn't even care. Megs dead and he barely had any lines in any of the films. I can understand where Hugo is coming from because he was barely involved, didn't really have any emotional attachment to the franchise, and IIRC, most audience members didn't know he was in it.
SilverOptimus
It's true that we should appreciate small things in life... they do make us a bigger person. Huge should learn this (Don't get me wrong here. I like the guy. I think he did a superb job as Agent Smith of The Matrix Trilogy).
whiskeytango
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Originally Posted by Ephland View Post
I think the thing that bothers a lot of people is that he could have simply said "I haven't heard anything about TF4," but instead he spoke about how his work meant absolutely nothing to him, he had no interest in the character or the films, and partially regretted his involvement in the first place.
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Originally Posted by tusko View Post
I'm with Bay on this. Fame is no excuse for apathy about what made you famous.

Fans of Transformers were excited, some more than others, that Hugo was voicing Megatron. That an actor of his calibre was stepping up to the iconic character. Especially, when there are so many amazing voice talents also competing for the role, its diminishing to classify a $1B movie franchise as an unfulfiling throw-a-way roll. Think of all the people in the background, voluteering even, just to be a part of the TF mythos.
While i agree that just saying "i haven't heard anything" might be more tactful, why not be truthful? I mean, if you're Megan Fox, and transformers is the only thing that brought you out of the trailer park, than yeah, keep your mouth shut. But he's not Megan Fox, he's Hugo Fucking Weaving (actual middle name, look it up). Transformers didn't make him famous, he didn't audition for the role, it was just offered to him, so he took it because why not. If you had all the money you needed, would you jump at the chance to do a role for the fourth time that you weren't thrilled about doing in the first place?

I think its ridiculous that actors are expected to be grateful or satisfied for every role they play. Its their job. They get to be unsatisfied with their job sometimes too. Its when they complain about hardship that gets annoying, and thats not what Hugo was doing.
UTF
Go figure, an actor who got about 5 minutes of combined dialogue was a bit disappointed in the part.

How dare Weaving presume that FUCKING MEGATRON would actually get to have a prominent role in a movie about THE TRANSFORMERS.

This whole situation is a testament to how much the robots were the second bananas in their own movies.
Kylehudson14
Things are getting interesting
doomboy536
Re: the Hugo Weaving vs Michael Bay drama



I know ponies aren't to everyone's tastes, but this really is just petty schoolyard bullshit.
firehawc_69
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Originally Posted by UTF View Post
Go figure, an actor who got about 5 minutes of combined dialogue was a bit disappointed in the part.

How dare Weaving presume that FUCKING MEGATRON would actually get to have a prominent role in a movie about THE TRANSFORMERS.

This whole situation is a testament to how much the robots were the second bananas in their own movies.
Not really, Weaving also stated that the reason he didn't care about it was because he had no knowledge of the source material. He didn't know anything about Transformers to begin with. He just said he went in for less than 2 hours, did his lines, and was done. He never even met Bay.
Megastar
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Things are getting stupid
Fixed and better
whiskeytango
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Originally Posted by firehawc_69 View Post
Not really, Weaving also stated that the reason he didn't care about it was because he had no knowledge of the source material. He didn't know anything about Transformers to begin with. He just said he went in for less than 2 hours, did his lines, and was done. He never even met Bay.
so what he's really saying is that he went into the film with about as much knowledge about transformers as Bay did.
DethPike
F-ck Michael Bay AND Hugo Weaving.
firehawc_69
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so what he's really saying is that he went into the film with about as much knowledge about transformers as Bay did.
Lol, yeah.

But Bay had much more invested by the time he started the project, Weaving never did.
TFPrime
So Weaving wants something more out of his jobs? So like in Matrix where he sat there emotionless..and then in LOTR where he sat there emotionless..and then TFs where he just sat at home...and oh lets not forget he was a silly looking Red Skull in Captain America where he got to wear prosthetics / mask and show no real emotion..What exactly does he think is his art?

I'm all for an actor wanting more than summer popcorn movies and special effects etc..But a little appreciation can go a long way too. His whining about the quality of the work, of never meeting Bay etc..sure, it may be factual...but you know you come off as a bit of an ass.

I agree with Bay on this one.
Ephland
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Originally Posted by whiskeytango View Post
While i agree that just saying "i haven't heard anything" might be more tactful, why not be truthful?
Well, because the interviewer didn't really ask about his experience with performing the voice of Megatron in the film franchise. They just asked if he had heard from Michael Bay regarding TF4 specifically.
Shatterblast
Hugo is easily replaced, nothing about Megatron in the movies was very iconic or necessary. I don't understand why there's so much desire for Megatron to return anyway. It was a satisfying death, I for one would like to see it left at that. Also, instead of going for the obvious Galvatron route I'd prefer they go for something a little less mainstream for the next Decepticon villain. I personally think it would be awesome if they went with Bludgeon, Thunderwing or Jhiaxus.
MechaV
It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly fragile some of these people are when it comes to criticism.
benclark1982
Man do i hate when rich white guys bitch about one another.
whiskeytango
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Originally Posted by TFPrime View Post
So Weaving wants something more out of his jobs? So like in Matrix where he sat there emotionless..and then in LOTR where he sat there emotionless..and then TFs where he just sat at home...and oh lets not forget he was a silly looking Red Skull in Captain America where he got to wear prosthetics / mask and show no real emotion..What exactly does he think is his art?

I'm all for an actor wanting more than summer popcorn movies and special effects etc..But a little appreciation can go a long way too. His whining about the quality of the work, of never meeting Bay etc..sure, it may be factual...but you know you come off as a bit of an ass.

I agree with Bay on this one.
clearly... you don't know anything about Hugo Weaving. You just named only a handful of his movies, another one of which he said he wouldn't want to reprise because of lack of connection to the role, while ignoring that he's been an actor since the early 80s. Not always in stuff that a lot of people have seen, but clearly thats not his measuring stick for success anyways.

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