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Hugo Weaving Disses Megatron Gig, Michael Bay Gets Pissed

Talk about classless. Actor Hugo Weaving recently sounded off on voicing the role of Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons in the Transformers films. He wasn’t happy taking the role, so he expressed his distaste for the job and the film series, and how he considers this kind of work as “meaningless.” This angered the director of the film series, Michael Bay, who sounded off against the Australian actor.

In an interview with Collider.com, Weaving talked about his upcoming role in the Wachowskis’ & Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas. While discussing the project with Christina Radish, Weaving talked about his work on all three of the Transformers films.

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.

Whether you agree or disagree with the statement, Weaving really doesn’t have the ground to voice it in public and during a recorded interview. Of course, this enraged director Michael Bay (via CinemaBlend.com), who had his own words for the Award-winning actor. Here’s Bay throwing gasoline on the fire:

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.

Before just rambling, Michael Bay did have a point about doing a job. Maybe this is my way of thinking about work, but if you are getting paid to do a job then you better shut up and do it! No matter what the job is, you should be grateful for having it (even if you think it’s beneath you) especially if you did the job three times and Paramount — the studio behind the Transformers films — paid you thousands of dollars to do it.

Well, since Megatron died at the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, maybe Hugo Weaving and Michael Bay will never work with each other again. Hugo Weaving did the impossible; he made Michael Bay look classy.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/FITGmusic Faith in the Glitch

    Classless? For someone to speak candidly about the work they did? I’m sorry, but if someone works for Burger King or whatever, do you expect them to say “I’m so grateful to have this job! Thank God almighty for Burger King!!” Even though they hate it? I think Hugo was quite eloquent in what he said. It was hardly worth a comparison to Megan Fox who likened Bay to Hitler.

    • dexterbrilu

      Agree completely. Bay should be ashamed of himself for not showing up to direct the voice work. That is his job to make sure the actor feels the emotion if the scenes. The disconnect Weaving felt is a real concern as Bay could not be bothered to be there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.suggs Stephen Darryl Suggs

        Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to say Bay should be ashamed at his lack of presence, that’s kind of how voice acting works–sometimes you get the joy of have a person to play your lines off of, sometimes, not. Some performers love that flexibility, others dislike the disconnect.

        I think Bay might have done better to get the Autobots and Decepticons’ performers together that actually shared dialogue. It maybe would have resulted in more robust interactions.

        But anyway, pretty much what everyone else has been saying–Weaving was simply critiquing his lack of connection to the project, nothing more, nothing less. Both Bay and Mr. Obias got butthurt over absolutely nothing.

    • DALE

      ANYONE should be happy to have a job!! to cry about what he did was meaning less? IF IT WAS SO MEANINGLESS why take a paycheck??? just chalk it up as being UN-SELFISH WITH HIS GOD-LIKE TALENTS!!! they are both asses, I lost respect for Hugo, never really had any for Bay! would you do that job take the money and say that shit? if so your a thespian too LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/curleybob Bob Curley

    If Michael Bay ever makes a movie that doesn’t suck and complete insult the intelligence of his audience, perhaps I’ll give a little weight to what he says. Until then, I’m with Elrond on this one…

    • http://twitter.com/FITGmusic Faith in the Glitch

      -slow clap-

    • DALE

      but you gotta agree that when your making $200,000 for 2hrs of work WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BITCH ABOUT??? even being disconnected, DO YOU CARE? I DONT, and NOW i think like bay he is just a stuck up whiner! really I WOULD HAVE DONE IT FOR 1/4 that… and NEVER cried, and I would have been as dedicated and attached as any actor in any part EVER! I dont like Bay much but I think he was right to sound off in a way, you offer a guy a part NO MATTER HOW SMALL and he cries about he has no feelings for it, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, it was shitty to even bring up

  • RustyEdge

    Hugo simply stated how disconnected he was doing the voice work, what’s to be disagreeable about? Michael Bay needs to get the chip off his shoulder.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Starks/1457062060 Kelly Starks

      Big agree. Its like why
      William Daniels never wanted any credit for doing the voice work for the car KITT on knight rider. To him he just went into a sound studio every week for a hour or two of reading some lines. He never worked with the actors, was never on sets, never really felt he had in anyway been involved or contributed. I think that’s ridiculously wrong, but I think that’s where Hugo is coming from.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.mcgrath.75 Rebecca McGrath

    I’d say honest, candid, and open. Classless is not something I’d use to discribe his quote. The part didn’t mean a lot to him and he doesn’t know anything about transformers. Whats the big deal? He didn’t say it sucked or that it was a stupid movie. I don’t understand the vitriol here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.mcgrath.75 Rebecca McGrath

      Lets talk about the spin on this story by Rudie Obias. He must have giant hard on for the Transformers or Micheal Bay.

  • Tom McFarland

    Sorry, I dont see it either. His comments weren’t personal and seemed more like he was lamenting a slip in his artistic integrity. Bay comes off as just bitter.

  • Fitz

    I agree… You need to listen/read what Hugo said again and realise you, and Michael, have missed the point of what he’s saying….

  • http://www.facebook.com/gormondghast Mathew Wyatt-williams

    to be fair im going to agree with the consensus here he was asked about a job he had no passion for and gave his honest opinion on it the amount of pay is irrelevant a job is a job weather its a hundred grand or a tenner its not as if he went around saying how the films are terrible or insulted bay in any way he was just giving his opinion i hardly think that makes him classless

  • http://twitter.com/Leluisme Aarie K

    I’m sorry, I fail to see how this is really all that classless on Weaving’s part. He’s denigrating himself in hindsight, more than a year after the last movie was in theaters (so he’s not really going to hurt profits much), for taking a job he wasn’t that into – not so much the movie or the people doing the movie. If I say, “My job today bored me to tears, I, didn’t see my boss at all other than an e-mail, and I really feel I didn’t do a good job,” I’m not knocking my bosses or the job, I’m knocking myself for not doing better, and it seems to me that’s essentially what Weaving is doing. Yeah, maybe the movies didn’t mean much to him, and maybe if that’s the case, he shouldn’t have done two additional movies after he realized he wasn’t fulfilled doing the first one, but I find the tone of Bay’s comments a lot more tacky than Weaving’s.

  • JAB

    Remember Weaving is an Australian & my favorite thing about the Aussies I’ve met (among many) is they really don’t care a flying kangaroo f*** what you think about what they say & the beautiful thing about this mind set is that it works both ways. Weaving was unforgettable in “The Matrix” & “V For Vendetta”.
    He’s entitled to his opinion. That reminds me of interview that “Sliver”‘s director (another Aussie & his name eludes me right now) gave about working with Sharon Stone while listening to the radio coming back to Brisbane a few year ago. It would’ve a created a firestorm a celeb indignation over here in the States.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.crispen Joe Crispen

    Weaving never should have been the voice of Megatron anyway. It should have been Frank Welker, just like Optimus Prime was Peter Cullen. I mean, he was already Soundwave, Ravage, Grindor, Devastator, Reedman, Barricade and Shockwave in the 2nd and 3rd movies, respectively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000995651932 Alex J Avriette

    “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.”

    Congratulations, Mr. Freakin Robot, you’re no better than THR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694949812 Enrico Lauro

    This is a ridiculous article that takes the interview out of context, and takes the candid nature of what was said to be disrespect. There is clear bias in the language used in this article, and such was the opposition towards this ridiculous piece of writing that they deleted the Facebook link thread because they couldn’t take the heat of popular opinion by far and away in disagreement with this article. Shame lads, you’ve lost a subscriber today, because this is a tabloid-level article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffbedrick Jeff Bedrick

    Disagree. It doesn’t sound like a complaint. He was just being perfectly candid about his experience with Transformers compared to his other work. Total respect for him as an actor and for being honest instead of just reciting some packaged hype.

  • Thatguy

    Mr Obias, you clearly are blowing this out of propotion. Hugo Weaving wasn’t taking a stab at terriblie directing of Micheal Bay or his god aweful Transformers movies. He was just saying he didn’t feel like he was taking part in the movie as one actor normally does. Good actors try and do that you know. In fact i compliment his honesty and his smart choice of words in the matter

  • Mungo

    This just once again screams of Michael Bay having a cry because he doesn’t get any respect from respectable industry individuals, like Hugo Weaving. The importance of the Megatron role is vital to the Transformer universe, so why did Bay not direct Weaving in the role? why was there not some kind of pre-reading of the script? basically, why didn’t Bay do his job? The guy is a hack, his films throughout his career speak volumes of his lackluster direction.

    • Kitty

      …and whoever wrote this piece must be on the staff of Bay, Talk about a one sided article !!!

  • REX

    “What happened to people who had intergrity?”

    Well Michael, you pushed them aside and cast Megan Foxx instead.

    • Braxosaurus

      what a spot on point

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718104135 Mark Wintle

    Rudie Obias did you actually read and comprehend what Hugo said, I mean did you really, because anyone with a shred of comprehension of the English language would have seen this a a statement of fact of what the job Hugo did entailed and was not a criticism of the film or Michael Bay.
    Sorry Rudie, never going to see your name on an article without thinking it’s link bait!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=819324123 Cynthia Delmar

    All he was saying was that it was meaningless to him as an actor. There was no getting into a character or anything like… you know, acting. It wasn’t a slam against the movie nor at Michael Bay. (Jeeze, defensive much, dude?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/phillip.kelly.31 Phillip Kelly

    That’s hardly classless. He didn’t say anything bad about the movie, Michael Bay or anything really. he even says it’s pathetic. he isn’t complaining, he’s comparing what sort of job this was to other jobs he’s done. And then Michael Bay takes it personally, which is something a less than classy person would do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phillip.kelly.31 Phillip Kelly

    By meaningless, he inferring that it was impersonal. There was no weight to what he did, he was never on set, never talked to the director. Thank you so much for wasting my time with this post (sarcasm).

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6JNGGDNMWTLWKE6RR6XQZXL7GE S.Roberts

    I’m not a follower of any actor, in fact I often find I prefer the characters they play over the celebrity they are. Most are over paid yes, but Bay has nothing to complain about as his movies have no real plot to drive them just a lot of loud noises. In a way Bay is very much like Joss Whedon, they need to get over themselves.

  • jemiph

    Hardly classless. He made it very clear that it was not meant “in a nasty way” – but of course it’s not artistically meaningful work when you’re just doing a quick voiceover and not even meeting the director. And Weaving has every right to speak candidly about his own work. Bay is just being a child.

  • The Halfrican

    Classy or not Hugo has ever right to say what ever he wants to about how he feels. He did the job yes, that doesn’t automatically put him in the postion that he has to sing the glorious praises of the film or it’s director. Not everybody can say they loved every job they had to do. Again does he have the right to say he didin’t like the job? of course he does. To me this seems to be more of Bay not liking any sort of criticism about his movies. I do find it unusual that the author is trying to spin this for Bay. Is he allowed to give his opinion on things and yet Weaving isn’t? If Weaving is less than classy for saying how he felt, then R.O. is equally as classy for saying he is. R.O should have just stayed to the facts. trust me the reader will put their own spin on things. I don’t need him to do it for me.

  • http://twitter.com/thisgoeshere Penny Dreadful

    i think the tone of this interview is wrong. and michael bay as well in attacking weaving. as a great thespian i am sure he had his regrets for doing something without having his heart into it, as he clearly stated. if you are used to putting your heart and craft into a character and then sliding in after hours to play something that is well-loved by fans has to be a sort of blow. to assume he’s dissing wholly on the film is looking at this interview with a skewed perspective.

  • bhak1

    Weaving’s comments aren’t that offensive- it sounds as though he was pressed to speak about the experience he had with Transformers and he told it like it was. he even says that he doesn’t mean it in a nasty way and I think that when he is saying pathetic he is talking about himself for doing something that was so meaningless to him just for a pay check. It really seems to be, more than anything else, Weaving expressing that it’s not something that meant much to him even though many fans may see it as a very iconic role.

  • http://twitter.com/MainstreamFilth Dave Quinlan

    Rudie, you’re a fool.

  • Robert

    Weaving was just being honest and I don’t blame him for feeling that way. He for whatever reason (money being the primary one I guess) did some work that he feels was utterly unimportant and maybe beneath him as one of the world’s great actors. It is Michael Bay who is being pissy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=769425006 Tom Combs

    What a douche… I mean Michael Bay. All Weaving was saying is it was just a paycheck. What, does Bay think those films were art?

  • Joseph James

    Looks like your way outta touch with your readers on this one obias.. Boooo

  • Xen11

    Hugo didn’t diss anyone.

    Here’s a real diss: Rudie Obias and Michael Bay are complete douchebags who try so hard to seem important, but they’re not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Diabolical.Jim Jim Gatesy Smith

    ” 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.”

    Really Rudie? That’s your definition of classless? I guess the great, late Sir Alec Guiness was classless as well, considering he complained how he’d be remembered most for Star Wars, and not the brilliant acting in his other classic movies?

  • Trey

    This is why Frank Welker should have done the voice of Megatron in all of the Transformers films, he’s familar with the character, he knows Megatron’s traits and how he acts plus Welker is a class act and well respected in the voice-over industry and DOES NOT consider what he does a just a job but something he has enjoyed doing for the past 44 years whereas guys like Hugo Weaver this is just a job and he doesn’t give a shit about the character or the fans of the franchise at all.