Now let’s start off by saying that the director of the Transformers franchise doesn’t say exactly who he is talking about, but it’s hard to believe he isn’t responding to recent controversial comments by one of the actors in the flicks. You may well remember Hugo Weaving commenting just a few days ago on his comic book roles in an interview excerpt with Collider. Weaving talked about how he wasn’t keen to return to any of those roles. The comment that didn’t sit so well with most fans was his story about voicing Megatron:
That’s a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didn’t have time, anyway. It was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way. I did it. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things. Of course, it’s a massive film that’s made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainous characters. But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him. I was never on set. I’ve 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 don’t know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! I’ve never done anything like that, in my life. It’s hard to say any more about it than that, really.
If you were like me, you weren’t expecting Hugo Weaving’s comment to be the only one on the matter. Michael Bay took to his personal website to vent a little steam. Now again, he doesn’t flat out say who he is talking about but the timing of the comments (a mere 3 days after the Collider interview) hint heavily at the target of Bay’s frustration. Here’s what he said in full:
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.
Here’s something I thought I’d never say- Michael Bay has a point. Weaving came off less a tortured indie artist and more arrogant in that particular interview. While it’s hard to defend either Weaving or Bay, one can see points in both their arguments. With Transformers 4 serving as a reboot of sorts for the franchise, I wouldn’t be putting a lot of money on Weaving returning for the role of the Decepticon leader. What do you think? Do either of them have a point or are they both being ridiculous? Sound off below!
Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell
Source : MichaelBay.Com