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Michael Bay Pitches a Fit at Hugo Weaving Calling His Transformers Role “Meaningless”

Uh-oh, Hugo Weaving. You made Michael Bay angry. And you won’t like him when he’s angry. A few days back Weaving made some critical-but-honest remarks about voicing Megatron in Bay’s Transformers, saying “I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it… 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.”

Well, Michael Bay didn’t like that. Not one bit.

The explosion-happy director went off on the actor yesterday, posting the following “Message from Michael Bay” (since taken down) on his website:

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.

Michael Bay

Dude. Michael. Calm down. Weaving wasn’t complaining about Transformers not being “artistic” or “fulfilling” enough. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I don’t think anyone would accuse any of your films of aiming for either of those things. He was just saying he took it as a paycheck role, which, forgive the ’90s verbiage, but—DUH. You could say he was unnecessarily smug in his wording, and maybe he shouldn’t have said anything at all, but Bay. C’mon. He’s Elrond, Agent Smith, V, and Mitzi from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. You’re a director who gets millions of dollars to make bad popcorn films. You’re small potatoes compared to Hugo Weaving. Put that in your pipe and explode it.

Or don’t. Continue to freak out over actors saying negative things about your films. It’s pretty funny.

(via: Superhero Hype)

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  • Kathryn

    Transformers? Artistic? Yeah, maybe the first film…

    I’m sorry, but I cannot watch Bay’s Transformer films. I can’t actually parse what I’m seeing. It’s all lines and metal and jagged bits and ugh. It’s all horrible.

  • Anonymous

    I was a bit disappointed in Weaving’s comments, not necessarily about Transformers (a franchise I don’t care about) but more about not wanting to play the Red Skull again, which would suck since he is Captain America’s nemesis and the first film didn’t really go deep. I would understand a TF fan being disappointed as well, since the franchise is still outgoing and it’s not fun to hear an actor says he doesn’t care about some movies he made you care about.
    That being said, Michael Bay wrote his response like he direct his films: with big unnecessary explosions in it. Weaving didn’t say the movies were bad, he even said specifically that he didn’t regret doing them. Calling a two hour job meaningless isn’t exactly what I call an insult.

  • gia manry

    I would love it if Hugo Weaving WOULD make a big donation though. There’s a lot of elephant poaching for ivory happening these days and the organizations trying to help elephants could use money from both men.

  • Jeff Lowy

    Not a Bay fan (Bad Boys 1 was cool), and I don’t think Hugo was deserving of this, but Bay has a great point about the 1%-2%. Lets not forget Megan Fox (no Hugo Weaving, that’s for sure) got paid up the butt for having good genes and bitched about it…

  • Simon Chui

    A bit defensive there, Michael? Hugo accidentally poked you where it hurts the most?

    Also, “be happy you earn more than most Americans, you should give your money to elephants”. What? It’s like he just strings together good but completely unrelated ideas into a giant mess full of explosions that don’t actually make sense. O wait, I’m talking about his films now.

  • Liz Wright

    You mean how she complained about being sexually harassed and not respected on set? That “bitching?”

  • Captain ZADL

    I kind of wonder what possible “meaning” one could find in a two hour voiceover job, well paying or not.

  • Anonymous

    Well, since Bay didn’t even take the time to go and meet Weaving he couldn’t have thought it was that major a commitment either, or something that would like totally transform the entire movie dude!
    So maybe he should just accept his ridiculously big paycheck for making CGI robots fight each other and shut up.

  • Bel

    There might be a point in that tirade if it weren’t coming from the equally-overpaid-and-glorified Micheal Bay…

  • Bel

    She bitched about being treated like a piece of ass rather than a professional. The fact that that’s how they want her to be seen and to present herself doesn’t make her any less entitled to respect.

  • Jeff Lowy

    She auditioned for a role that was objectifying her body. Not saying the sexy audition at the home of the director is not sexual harassment, but she sure as hell signed up for Transformers 2. I would quit my job if my boss sexually harassed me. Michael Bay should have been more professional with the audition, but I’m sure there are a lot of 15 year old boys with Megan next to Bumblebee posted on their bedroom wall.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe she wanted to be professional and keep doing a job that she was contractually obligated to do (possibility, not sure if accurate). Just because she wanted to be the adult and move on doesn’t justify such behaviour.

  • Jim Goff

    Anybody else find it interesting that Mr. Weavings comments about his voice work were pretty similar to Orson Welles from the animated movie when he was Unicron?

  • Liz Wright

    So…she deserved the harassment because she put herself out there. Yeah, that seems like a totally fair statement to make.


  • Sean

    I find it humorous that Michael Bay is talking about having integrity, when nearly all of his films seem to be lacking any of that attribute.

  • Sean

    also, this wouldn’t have happened if you just got Frank Welker to voice Megatron like you should have Bay. YOUR FAULT!

  • Kieran McKiel

    “What happened to people with integrity?” – Michael Bay
    Comedy gold

  • Sarah

    I’m trying to figure out why Bay used America as an example since Weaving isn’t American….

    Bay is just ridiculous.

  • TDF Pamela

    So… because she’s sexy and 15 year old boys wank to her, she deserves being harassed? Wow.

  • Anonymous

    It crossed my mind, though I couldn’t remember the specifics … I went back and watched Transformers (1986) a while back and cringed at how devoid of substance it was. In that sense, Bay really nailed it on the head in his reboot :-)

  • Anonymous

    Ahaha, I’ve thought the same thing for ages (don’t tell the purists!) Really, it was a transformers film. I wanted giant fighting robots and explosions and shiny things. I got it. Were they great movies? No. But they were fun, exactly what i wanted. Except the second one sucked. They’re great at the end of a really stressful day, just watching a beer and turning off for a bit.

  • kamikazeblonde

    kind of reminds me of Marlon Brando comparing his role in Superman to being a “giant green jelly donut”. Who cares what the actor’s motivations were? Bay made his money and the rest of us were forced to sit through those awful trailers until it went away.