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.