Michael Bay Responds To Hugo Weaving's TRANSFORMERS Diss

Michael Bay Responds To Hugo Weaving's TRANSFORMERS Diss

Director Michael Bay addresses Hugo Weaving's disparaging remarks regarding his voiceover work as Megatron in Bay's Tranformers films. Weaving previously stated that it was 'meaningless work.' Read on for Bay's response.

A few days ago Hugo Weaving had to say this about the TF movies he did:

"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."

Today Michael Bay responded. Of course names are not mentioned but you can make the conclusions yourself:

"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."

This probably means that Megatron won't return for TF4 or at least he won't be voiced by Hugo.

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imnotahero - 10/18/2012, 2:11 AM
Michael Bay is a twat.
Kalel219 - 10/18/2012, 2:20 AM
Michael bay is correct about this. If Hugo didn't care, he shouldn't have said yes. Just like he shouldn't have signed on for more appearances as Red Skull if he knew he didn't want to do it.
Bucht - 10/18/2012, 2:31 AM
Even though Michael Bay is a twat, he's right about this one.
Jollem - 10/18/2012, 2:38 AM
i thought bay was talking about that kid from jerry maguire
Gamma022 - 10/18/2012, 2:54 AM
Wait, I'm agreeing with Michael Bay instead of a fellow countryman
Never thought I would see this day come
Orphix - 10/18/2012, 3:12 AM
Lets be clear about this. They (the studio) wanted Hugo to do it. They were prepared to pay a lot of money for him to do it.

He did it and took the money.

Then when a reporter asks him if it meant anything to him he said 'no'. And wasn't really bothered about the project.

I don't see any moaning or whining - just an honest answer. Maybe he was a bit mercenary - but they were prepared to pay him. More fool the studio for that!!

I've only seen the first Transformers film and having seen it I would have been more worried - indeed, offended - if he said it was a crucially important role for fulfilling his artistic aspirations.

If Hugo was a liar then he would be a 'twat'.

Bay, by creating an issue out of a non-issue, is the twat.
XxComablackxX1937 - 10/18/2012, 3:19 AM
I hate Micheal Bay as a director but he is spot on the money here with his reply.

Kalel219 - 10/18/2012, 3:28 AM

Hugo may have given an honest answer but he is the twat for saying yes and taking the money.

He said himself he didn't care for it nor think about it. Well then he should have said no and the studio could have moved on to whoever was next on the list.
xMichaelxScottx - 10/18/2012, 3:55 AM
Bays finally right? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!
CorronZenith30 - 10/18/2012, 3:57 AM
Hmmm, kinda gota respect the honesty alround... But.. Maybe bay is reacting a tad.. I mean he wanted the voice, not the opinion and he payed/got it.
kevberg - 10/18/2012, 4:01 AM
Bay is right. STFU, you're paid well, be thankful in this economy , that you got work.

Hey Bay, I'll do the voice for Megatron for half that and I'll be damn happy to show up :)
Orphix - 10/18/2012, 4:12 AM
But the whole argument (even though there isn't really an argument) isn't about money!

Not until Bay decided it was. There was no moaning, grumbling or whining from Weaving. He just said he it was 'artistically meaningless' to him - which it probably was to [frick]ing Bay as well - at least I [frick]ing hope it was! He certainly directed the film that way.

Then Bay decides to make the whole thing about the global economy as if he made Transformers purely about repaying the national debt and saving elephants.

Kalel219 - 10/18/2012, 4:14 AM

Thanks for the unneeded "Blah blah".

Simple fact is Hugo didn't need to do the job,pretty sure he isn't so in need of work he needs to take on jobs he doesn't want. It's the same with Red Skull, he knew Marvel wanted him for more then one film, he wasn't really up for it but HE SIGNED ANYWAYS

Seriously bro.
jimoakley666 - 10/18/2012, 4:19 AM
[frick], I take on jobs I don't give a shit about all the time. If you're going to offer the money. I'll take it.

Hugo wasn't dissing the films at all. He was just calling a spade a spade.

Michael Bay needs to stop taking this shit so personally and try putting half as much emotion into his flacid 'bang-tits-bang-arse' movies, childish dip-shit that he is..
Happy11 - 10/18/2012, 4:20 AM
Michael bay has actually just went up in my estimation not much but he is right
Kalel219 - 10/18/2012, 4:22 AM
Role should have gone to Frank Welker
Kalel219 - 10/18/2012, 4:43 AM

" I was doing a play and I actually didn’t have time, anyway" - Hugo weaving.

He had work and didn't have time. Yes filmmaking is a business but if he didn't care nor really had the time, he should have said no.

Same with Red Skull, he didn't really want to sign on for 5 films but he did anyway.

This isn't some small time actor, this is Hugo Weaving, I'm pretty sure he's capable of getting roles he finds interesting.

No, he didn't entertain me in the transformers films, he didn't really add anything special to them and if he did, it was removed in post when Megatron's voice was edited.

Chris Evans is the perfect example. He was unsure he could commit to 5 films as Captain America and he really could his time in deciding. Hugo still isn't sure he wants to do even 1 more film as Red Skull but he signed anyways.

Kalel219 - 10/18/2012, 4:55 AM

It is a big deal that he didn't care. Picture all your favourite movies then replace the actors with people who do not want to be there doing it. If the role went to someone who did care, the movie would have been better for it as it would have shown through (Captain America more so then Transformers :P)

If he doesn't like box office franchises, DON'T DO THEM. It's simple. Stop thinking about it in terms of just money. If he wants to do more "meaningful" roles, then he should go do that. It sounds he was perfectly happy doing a play.
Kalel219 - 10/18/2012, 5:03 AM

Seems alot of Hugo's quote got cut out.
kevberg - 10/18/2012, 5:06 AM
The point is, Hugo goes out and bad mouths both TF and CA:TFA...or even says they mean nothing to him..that he wants to do more ARTIST films. Fine...no one says he shouldn't or can't , BUT, in the interest of not looking like a dick to prospective gigs, you don't come out and negatively speak about movies that back up a truck load of money for 2 HOURS OF VOICEWORK!

BTW---the success or failure of a film is shared by all , if HUGO didn't want to be involved, then he shouldn't have signed.

with this and his comments on CA:TFA..its sounds like hes really pushing this elitist " i just wanna be an artiste " diva mentality. Great, go do some plays and disappear into obscurity.

I hope that pays well.
kevberg - 10/18/2012, 5:17 AM
wonder if Weaving stopped to consider that MAYBE these guys asked him to do these movies because they RESPECTED his talent?
Regardless of the steaming poo that is TF, I imagine some of the people that hired him were fans. Its not like those movies success at the BO were solely because of him or fans saw the movies solely because of him.
Viral - 10/18/2012, 5:21 AM
@ Kalel219

I cut out part of Hugo's quote because there was already a topic about it. No need to bother the users again with it. Michael's response was the important one.
t2jax - 10/18/2012, 5:25 AM
I think context is everything.... It doesn't seem to me that Weaving was "whining" about anything. With the fan support TF gets, someone probably asked him how it felt to be the voice of Megatron and he gave that as an answer.
Bay needs to calm down. The movies are crap anyhow.
StrangerX - 10/18/2012, 5:47 AM
Can't believe I actually agree with Bay.

JatevinM - 10/18/2012, 6:05 AM
Bay is not nor will he ever be on the level of Hugo Weaving so he should have just let it fly.
Vapes - 10/18/2012, 6:57 AM
Wow, was there an actor who actually is proud to have worked on these films?
Orphix - 10/18/2012, 6:59 AM

I don't see his comment as a moan or even disrespecting the film. And the

"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."

quote reads like an apology of sorts to me or that he did make a mistake taking on the work. Doesn't seem elitist to me.

Even if he was bad mouthing those films why does the fact it was two hours of voicework and he got paid loads of money to do it a factor? Surely bad mouthing any work you've done regardless of type of work or payment would make you look a tool.

Gmoney84 - 10/18/2012, 7:02 AM
Bay is right on this. Sorry.
TheAbomination - 10/18/2012, 7:06 AM
For once, I actually agree with Bay. This must be a sign of the end times.
MrReese - 10/18/2012, 7:06 AM
[frick] Boom Boom Bay!! Was never a fan of Transformers (the movies) 2 begin with. Just mindless action 2 me but 2 each his own. XD
PistonSmash - 10/18/2012, 7:10 AM
Is Hugo Weaving preparing to commit suicide or something? It seems like he's on a roll of publicly hating seemingly every role he's played in the past 7 years.
retr0g0dfather - 10/18/2012, 7:10 AM
I'm sorry but, Hugo Weaving is a dick. He spoke his mind on Captain America and now on Transformers and its obvious that this guy ain't happy unless he plays an Elder Elf.
hYPE - 10/18/2012, 7:19 AM
Hugo is such a tool, Bay is definitely in the right about this. I'm sure after the 3rd Hobbit film comes out he will start bitching about that film. Folks now a days don't know how to be grateful.
NoAssemblyReqd - 10/18/2012, 7:21 AM
Eh, Hugo sounds kind of dickish, but I can sort of empathize with him (and Paul Bettany for his recent comments). He does something small or "frivolous" for a paycheck, and it's all people ask him about, no matter whatever project he is currently promoting. Some actors learn to appreciate any praise or recognition for any of their roles (Patrick Stewart), and take it all in stride. Others get tired of the same dumb questions and speak their mind, to.unfortunately negative effect (Alec Guiness?).
ultimatefan1974 - 10/18/2012, 7:22 AM
I´m all for ambition in art, but in caees like this I´m with Bay. I´m sick of the hipocrisy of people who get a big fat paycheck and sign on, perfectly lucid, far as we can tell, to make big Hollywood blockbusters and then wanna whine about how it didn´t stand up to their high artistic standards. Don´t play the uncompromising starving artist card after you signed the deal with the devil and got the paycheck for it. If you´re feeling bad about the dirty money, donate it. Weaving stopped needing huge Hollywood paychecks to pay his bills way before TF.
Rothwilder - 10/18/2012, 7:23 AM

I am willing to bet most of you "haters" of the movie saw it in the theatres just like everyone else.

First Transformers was amazing. Just don't go into it expecting anything more than what it is. A popcorn action flick.

It's funny how action films always get bashed the most but are also viewed the most.
Markus316 - 10/18/2012, 7:25 AM
Perfect time to bring back the voice of Frank Welker as Megatron to the Movie Franchise. Who agrees?
soforizo - 10/18/2012, 7:26 AM
WTF is up with Hugo?

If you don't dig a job, then don't take it and complain publicly about it. I'm not a fan of Bay, but he couldn't have said it better. Hugo made 5 times what the average American family makes, in 2 f'ing hours and he's complaining! Way out of touch.

Same shit with Captain American movie, I'm not particularly fond of that movie or his character, but if Hugo dislike the role so much, why the hell sign up for it. If you don't like the job, stop whoring yourself you rich bastard!
Avenged99 - 10/18/2012, 7:29 AM
Twatacus Maximus
soforizo - 10/18/2012, 7:33 AM
BTW Bay, if you ever need a Latin Transformers, Decepticon or whatever hook me up, I'll even do it for 10% of Hugo's rate.
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