Fussion wrote:"GORDON MULDROW’S FAVORITE FACTS"
• Cullen based his portrayal of the character off of John Wayne. Cullen also is the voice of Optimus Prime in the new live-action movie; it’s the first time he has played the character since the original cartoon.
Sorry Gordon it's Peter's brother Larry based his portrayal. You don't win the Transfan award.....
Did you really base the character on John Wayne?
Cullen: No, the John Wayne part of it really just came out in certain expressions. [What I was reading was] almost John Wayne lines, so I had to work to keep Optimus' own identity. John Wayne has a deep-end voice, and for a truck to have a high voice would be ridiculous. So I had to give him that basic imprint of the low-end voice. John Wayne was never intended to be the sound, but he did come out every now and then.