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Michael Bay rips into Hugo Weaving over 'Transformers' voice work




Transformers director Michael Bay didn't take too kindly to comments made by actor Hugo Weaving, who called his voice-acting job as Megatron "meaningless." In fact, Bay decided to post a rant about it on his own website, then apparently thought better of it. Hey, we do that all the time on The Juice* blog.

Weaving told the didn't care he wasn't going to be back or not, saying he didn't have much time to do the work in the first place: "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," he said. "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."

He even lamented not meeting Michael Bay face to face, and that the whole process sounded "absolutely pathetic." Well, Bay wasn't going to take that lying down. He posted on his website a missive ripping into Weaving, without mentioning him by name.

"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. :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"? ... 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."

Ouch. But Bay had a fun plan for how to deal with his frustration. "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."

We don't know if there were any takers, but Bay may have had a change of heart, because the post has since been removed (we got our version from New York magazine). Maybe Bay realized he was talking about the guy from The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings and Captain America, so artisitc satisfaction wasn't as high up on Hugo's priority list as Bay was making it sound.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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[Last modified: Friday, October 19, 2012 3:42pm]


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