Michael Bay Responds to Hugo Weaving's Comments Regarding His Voice Work in the Transformers Movies
Thursday, October 18th, 2012 2:28PM CDTCategories: Movie News, People News
Posted by: El Duque Views: 41,592
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 WildlifeTrust in Africa. I will match the funds they donate.
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Posted by reflector7 on October 18th, 2012 @ 2:37pm CDT
Posted by TheForgottenTaxi on October 18th, 2012 @ 2:38pm CDT
Posted by Homerjay14522 on October 18th, 2012 @ 2:41pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on October 18th, 2012 @ 2:42pm CDT
Homerjay14522 wrote:Maybe Bay will be a bit smarter this time around and listen to Fans and Cast Frank Welker for Megs, we all know he's grateful for what the role has done for him.No more Megatron, please!
Posted by RodimalToyota on October 18th, 2012 @ 2:50pm CDT
While most of America is falling into a debtful slump, these artists still get paid athlete money for short stints of work, where as production crews work for 9-12 months at a time for anywhere from 25K to 60K, Weaving made 137K an hour doing his job for less then two hours.
You can dislike Bay's movies, and how he directs them.
But you can not say he isn't the hardest working director in the Business.
Unless you want to look ignorant. This guy deserves every penny he has ever made. He's never worked Easy since his career started.
Posted by Blackstreak on October 18th, 2012 @ 3:00pm CDT
Posted by OptiMagnus on October 18th, 2012 @ 3:16pm CDT
In all honesty, I don't think Hugo realizes how much the Transformers community appreciates him as the voice of Megatron and as an essential figure in the series. Just because he isn't in the tabloids all the time or isn't being interviewed by Oprah doesn't mean he's not appreciated.
Posted by SlyTF1 on October 18th, 2012 @ 3:17pm CDT
reflector7 wrote:What can I say? Michael Bay, a rich untalented director, poking fun at people who he is just like? I never thought what Mr Weaving said was ungrateful. I do, however, think Michael Bay has no credibility with his words. Considering his idea of finding a talented actress to play his lead is having her wash his car in a bikini.
Untalented? I'd like to see you go out and do better.
Sabrblade wrote:Homerjay14522 wrote:Maybe Bay will be a bit smarter this time around and listen to Fans and Cast Frank Welker for Megs, we all know he's grateful for what the role has done for him.No more Megatron, please!
NO! There can be no Transformers without the glory of Megatron!!!
Posted by 1111111222233333 on October 18th, 2012 @ 3:20pm CDT
Posted by That Bot on October 18th, 2012 @ 3:38pm CDT
Posted by Burn on October 18th, 2012 @ 3:50pm CDT
Hugo Weaving is one of the best actors in the industry. He's worth the money, but all good actors need good scripts, so maybe fork out a bit of extra money for some better writers?
Posted by User897 on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:00pm CDT
KenjaminLinus wrote:Not once did Hugo Weaving say or imply that he was ungrateful for the role or money. He just said it didn't mean anything to him, which is perfectly understandable given the reality of what his role was and required of him. That was apparently lost on Bay, who of course jumped at the chance to look like the peoples' champion and play to the whole recession thing. Bad form, Michael, bad form. (But it was funny, lol)
Plus, let's not forget that Mr. Weaving was provided with NOTHING regarding the character he was playing. No motivation, no description of things that he did not understand, probably not even a sketch in the booth for him to look at! That poor preparation falls on Bay and Co., not Mr. Weaving. He did what he could with what he had. If he were given the slightest clue of what that incarnation of the character was about, he would have had more appreciation for what he was doing. Plain and simple.
Posted by Lord Onixprime on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:05pm CDT
Posted by RodimalToyota on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:07pm CDT
I'll gladly do a meaningless Job for $137K an hour.
Posted by Mindmaster on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:26pm CDT
Posted by That Bot on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:36pm CDT
RodimalToyota wrote:Calling a Job Meaningless FYI is the same as not appreciating it.
I'll gladly do a meaningless Job for $137K an hour.
Well Mr. Weaving isn't exactly starved for money. He said he recorded for Megatron in his off-time on some other projects. He's getting a large paycheck from somebody regardless. If he doesn't feel this role was fulfilling, then his loss is much less significant than if one of us were to do it (or not do it).
Posted by whacko on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:39pm CDT
I mean I didn't care that Hugo Weaving was Megatron. You could barely tell it was him after the effects were added to his voice, and Megatron has less than 30 lines throughout the franchise anyway.
Bay needs to stop taking everything so personally and maybe focus on the TRANSFORMING CHARACTERS with his next Transformers movie instead of making them all one-line delivering accessories to his human characters.
Posted by The Variable on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:53pm CDT
As for Frank Welker, he DID do Galvatron in the TV series...
Posted by buddhaquest on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:53pm CDT
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on October 18th, 2012 @ 4:59pm CDT
On the other hand it was an easy gig, so I can understand how the role wouldn't mean much to him. Especially considering how involved his other roles have been.
This is just some he said-he said kind of thing. Hopefully Weaving will respond and clear it up before it gets too ugly.