In a recent interview, actor Hugo Weaving dismissed his voice work for the “Transformers” movies in typical Hollywood fashion.
“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 … 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.”
“Tranformers” director Michael Bay, in typical Bay fashion, had a few things to say back:
“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.”
Most of the heroes in Bay’s movies are regular Joes. His movies appeal to the Everyman and disgust most critics. Perhaps this is why he is one of the only people in Hollywood who seems to be in touch with the sentiment of most of America.
Time and time again, actors attempt fix their “reputation” by talking down the more commercial roles of their career. And then the best part is the fact that they won’t even fully admit it was for the ridiculous amount of money. How could they? That would make them a typical capitalist. And those guys suck. Right?