In a recent interview with Collider Hugo Weaving called his voiceover work as Megatron in the Transformers films meaningless, and director Michael Bay got pissed off and fired back at the actor on his blog. Here's what the actor said,
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.
After hearing his explanation I can understand why he feels that way. With all of the effects and distortion they put on his voice you can barely tell it's Weaving anyway. Bay on the other hand felt the need to lash out, he doesn't name names, but you can tell who he's talking about. Here's what Bay had to say,
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.
Shortly after the director posted this on his site he took it down, but not before the internet got a hold of it. I've got to say that Bay makes a very valid point as well. If I got paid $200,000 for two hours of work I'd be the freakin' happiest dude alive!
There's really no wrong or right answer here, just a couple of different opinions from two people that helped bring the Transformers to life. Do you side with one more than the other?