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Michael Bay Calls Out Weaving For His Transformers Comments

Michael Bay doesn’t appreciate Hugo Weaving‘s bad attitude about his work on the Transformers franchise.

During the same interview in which Weaving said he had no interest in playing Red Skull again, the actor also admitted he doesn’t find work doing the voice of Megatron for the Transformers series rewarding. Well, Bay wasn’t too pleased by Weaving’s stance on the films, and called him out for complaining about a job that made him a good hunk of money.

To recap quickly, here’s what Weaving told Collider: “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.”

He continued, “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.”

Bay apparently was pretty offended by Weaving’s comments, because he felt the need to respond to the incident directly. He didn’t use Weaving’s name in the blog post, but it’s pretty clear who he’s talking about.

“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?” Bay wrote on his personal website. “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.”

He continued, “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.”

Your move, Weaving.

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Comments

  • Michael

    Aw, snap!

  • http://twitter.com/FasterthanShaun Shaun Manning

    Er, is there anyone who’s passionate about every single part of his job, every single day? Why should actors be different? They’re paid more (a lot more), but it’s still their *job.* I don’t see Weaving as complaining; he’s basically saying “this was a day at work,” which differs from “this was an *awesome* day at work.” Difference is, most of us aren’t asked about our boring days at work, and we don’t have our answers to “how was your day?” published for the world to see.

  • EwokSlayer

    “With all the problems facing our world” it’s important that I, Micheal Bay, millionaire, go complain on the Internet about an actor

    Good one, Michael. Logic is your strong suit

  • JozefAL

    Is this the same Michael Bay who claimed that Steven Spielberg “ordered” that Megan Fox be fired from “Transformers 3″ after she’d described Bay as a “Hitler?” 

    Bay really needs to quit taking himself so seriously.  For crying out loud, it’s not like his films are anything more than popcorn fluff.  If an actor wants to express some level of regret or dismay at working for him (or, more accurately in Weaving’s case, on one of his movies), what’s the big deal? 

    And, I’ll second Shaun’s comment about being passionate about the job.  In fact, I think I’ll quote someone who seems a bit dispassionate about his job:  “To tell the truth, shooting action bores me now. But the audience has grown to like what I do and expect visually stimulating excitement. Staying in that genre is me being safe.”  Guess who said that?  Michael Bay.  Sounds a bit like he’s talking about how his job isn’t being “artistic enough” or “fulfilling enough.”

    And as for “whining” and “grumbling?”  Mr Bay, there’s a pot and a kettle who’d like to introduce themselves.

  • Mr. Q

    Mr. Bay, you wanna be the pot or the kettle in this “argument”?

  • Squashua

    Bay could have responded to this, but done it well.  He could have made claims like, “Weaving had access to the script for multiple weeks.  He had access to me we had a several hour discussion of what the motivation was behind the character; I did explain that his character had very minimal screentime and was primarily visual than audio, so it was going to be Megatron’s actions that  defined him over his pontificating.”

    But no, Bay didn’t.  #Bayfail.

  • Tophman

    Seems like a lot of Bay-bashing… hahah… in defense of an actor who’s taken a few diva pills. Good on you, Michael Bay. You brought up a lot of great points in a clear and concise manner.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Weaving’s body of work but you have to admit… no one put a gun to his head to do a job he didn’t want to do because it “wasn’t fulfilling”. You took the job. You took the money. You didn’t like the work. Lesson learned. Don’t take another job like that again rather than piss and moan about it.

    At the end of the day (all things considered), Thumper’s words of wisdom ring very true: “If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.”

  • Reth Sogen

    I did not know that Michael Bay was a Tony Stewart fan.  #NASCAR

  • Frank

    See Michael Bay, if you had only picked Frank Welker from the start you would not be having this problem.

  • http://twitter.com/PaulHostetler Phost

    Hugo Weaving: “As an artist, I feel bad when I do it just for the money.”

    Michael Bay: “If you take money, it means you enjoyed it.  At least, that’s what I tell my wife.”

  • http://twitter.com/hysanadu hysanadu

    Michael Bay, professional douche canoe.

  • http://twitter.com/JRSinason Joshua Sinason

    this seems like a perfect measured response to an actor who got paid really good money and then said basically, “hahaha I never really put any effort into it.” I’m sure the guys who spent months designing Megatron and making him look good on screen are thrilled to hear the guy who did the voice doesn’t give a crap.

  • That Guy

    I’ve read Weaving’s statement a few times, and I’m still trying to figure out where he came off like a diva, or where he dissed Bay or the movies.  It reads like an honest statement that he did what they hired him to do, no more, no less.  If anything, he sounds apologetic that that was ALL that happened, that he WISHES he’d been able to put more into it.

    I’m on Weaver’s side on this one.  There’s nothing wrong with what he said at all.  Bay just has a bug up his @$$ where he apparently wanted Weaving to blow smoke.

  • Oasis

    so wait is he saying..that the voice actor
    Peter Cullen..the man who got me hook into transformer..the English voice actor of prime for my child hood memories  .who was  brought back to voice in this movie. and now is working as prime voice for a tv series, which has made me proud as transformer fan  . =D because its  peter cullen damn it!  because of him..people went to see that movie…. your telling me… that he  only got pay 200,000 ?  in this movie..plus after taxes..god know how much left  ,any how  because that mess up…..if they only pay him 200k….

  • Omegasaga

    I get that Hugo was saying he took the work for the money… im sure tons of actors do that.
    But when its based on a mega popular franchise thats loved for generations the world over/ just as Red Skull is a seminal villian…. when you publicly say i did it for the cash regarding these particular properties——- it makes you a total DICK.

    Personaly I wouldnt want to see Hugo in ANYTHING else going forward… because knowing he doesnt want to be there saying those lines, makes me dislike his part of the movie.  RUINS it now actually.

  • Statham

    Maybe Weaving would’ve given a crap if Bay had given him something meaty to work with. Again, can you name anything really good that Weaving got to say in the first Transformers film, for instance? His best, most hilarious moment was snapping Jazz in two and bellowing ‘NO, I WANT TWO’.

  • Max

    Better yet, if you really care about the world why not suggest donation for people in need instead of animals. Like the needy in Africa who can’t find food or even water or for the massacres in Burma and Syria? Why not motivate people to help other people in need? Dear God.

  • Convoy

    I don’t see what Hugo Weaving said as bitching at all. And you know what? I’m about to do a bit of Bay hating. If Megatron in the movies had even one iota of the depth and development that the Megatron in Transformers Prime has, then I would see Weaving’s comments as divaish. You know what, it wasn’t. Hugo Weaving is just calling the role for what it was. The voice of a CGI set/plot piece, and it was boring. I took my current job because I thought it would be something different. You know what, it’s boring. There’s no room to advance, I give ideas and there are a million reason why it won’t work, only for someone to use it a year later. Or not getting a manager position, and I have to train the guy who’s not my boss. That’s work life for you. Just because you’re a actor doesn’t mean you don’t run into the same problems. Maybe if Michael Bay, and the writers and producers, had put together a sick ass sci-fi/fantasy/action film, Weaving might not have been bored. Look at how much of Mark Ruffalo was put into the Hulk in the Avengers. Maybe if Weaving was able to put something of himself into the role, he wouldn’t have been bored.

  • Tophman

    Well Bay never said that’s the only place to donate to… he just specified that institution (being an animal activist) since he was planning to match the donation.

    Besides, what have “people” done in the past centuries other than wage war and position themselves to get more wealth or resources?!? The very few people who actually deserve real help don’t often get it… but I digress…

  • Tophman

    Weaving did give backhanded comments about both movies (Cap & Transformers).
    In the case of the latter, he had issues with ‘the director not spending time with him’ (as he correctly expected a director to do —actually direct him or give guidance—). To me, this just came across as diva behavior… like he’s saying “Hey, I’m a highly successful thespian! I don’t care if you’re busy with your cr^p. I demand you take your time out of your busy schedule and come hold my hand while I do this!” Naturally I expect other people not to read his statements the same way just pointing out how it sounded to me… hence the problem with reading a quote from someone on an article.

    He even went as far as saying (paraphrasing Weaving’s Captain America comment here) “I would do another one if they forced me to since I was contractually obligated.” Again, that sounded to me like “Hey, I’ll do it if you wave the contract in my face but don’t expect me to bring my A game.”

    Isn’t the subjective mind grand? But I guess that’s where opinions and intelligent discussions arise from. :p