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Transformers Role Was “Meaningless” To Hugo Weaving, Has No Idea What’s Going On With The Hobbit

There And Back Again

Hugo Weaving has been in so many geek properties, he feels like an old friend. The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Captain America, and of course Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. He traveled back to Middle Earth for The Hobbit and admits he was just as clueless about the whole trilogy thing as we were but when asked about his time as Megatron in Michael Bay’s Transformers, the actor declared the role meaningless. Why does this not surprise me? 

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I’ll give you my favorite part of the interview from Collider first which was Weaving’s response to the The Hobbit going from two films to three.

I found out The Hobbit was going to be a trilogy quite recently, when everyone else found out about it. Originally, when I said goodbye to Pete [Jackson] in L.A., I said, “I’ll see you on The Hobbit,” and he said, “Well, I’m not doing The Hobbit.” And then, it was, “We are doing The Hobbit, but I’m not going to direct it.” And then, it was, “Well, I am directing it now.” And then, it was, “Actually, we’re doing The Hobbit in two films.” So, when I went to shoot it out there, there were two scripts and two films.  Now, I’ve just found out, not that long ago, when it was announced.

But for his part, he’s not too in the know about what’s going on at the moment. At the time he finished his work on the film, “They hadn’t filmed the final battle sequence yet, which would have been at the end of two. For a number of reasons, they decided that there are three films in there. I hope there are. I don’t know. I was truly there for four or five weeks and enjoyed myself, and went home again.”

But I suppose the more interesting part of the interview was when Collider asked the actor if he was going to be involved with the next Transformers movie.

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 villainess [sic] 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.

I’d say “ouch” but this really isn’t that much of a shock.

(via Collider)

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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