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Hugo Weaving didn't care about Transformers

Oct. 16, 2012by: Niki Stephens

This might be a real shocker for TRANSFORMERS fans, but Hugo Weaving doesn't care.

He's not saying it to be mean, however.

Sometimes actors take roles they don't necessarily care for-- most likely for money. Remember that time Bill Murray let everyone know that he felt deep regret doing GARFIELD? Well, shit happens, and it's easier to disconnect with a voice role than one you have to show up for and film.

Weaving, who voiced Megatron for three films shared some interesting thoughts with Collider. When the site asked the actor if Michael Bay had gotten in touch with him about the fourth film in the franchise, Weaving said this:

"It was one of the only things Iíve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didnít care about it, I didnít think about it," the English actor said. "They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I donít regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if itís meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I donít mean that in any nasty way. I did it."

"But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him," he continued. "I was never on set. Iíve 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 donít know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! Iíve never done anything like that, in my life. Itís hard to say any more about it than that, really."

That's that, I suppose.

Source: THRCollider

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12:15PM on 10/18/2012
It's cool Hugo. No one else did either.
It's cool Hugo. No one else did either.
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12:56PM on 10/17/2012
Hugo Weaving was NOT the problem in the transformers movies, he was a symptom. The critics didn't slam any of those films for Hugo's voice over acting. Does it matter that he didn't care much about the role?? No. He still delivered the role as a professional and earned his paycheck. Megatron is not a dramatic role. Face it, Hugo is MOST famous for the Matrix and LOTR. Even his Red Skull was under written fro a man of his talents. He deserves a better role, and him speaking out against
Hugo Weaving was NOT the problem in the transformers movies, he was a symptom. The critics didn't slam any of those films for Hugo's voice over acting. Does it matter that he didn't care much about the role?? No. He still delivered the role as a professional and earned his paycheck. Megatron is not a dramatic role. Face it, Hugo is MOST famous for the Matrix and LOTR. Even his Red Skull was under written fro a man of his talents. He deserves a better role, and him speaking out against Megatron and Red Skull recently is an effort not to be typecast in Sci-fi villain roles. I don't blame him. He's too good to be only getting crap scripts.
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12:55PM on 10/17/2012
I'll guess ill join batstud in getting thumbs down, because Mr. Weaving also made similar comments regarding his involvement in Captain America, so if he finds these films meaningless and somewhat regrets doing them, why does he keep doing them? There's nothing wrong with saying you did something for the money or because it was easy work.
I'll guess ill join batstud in getting thumbs down, because Mr. Weaving also made similar comments regarding his involvement in Captain America, so if he finds these films meaningless and somewhat regrets doing them, why does he keep doing them? There's nothing wrong with saying you did something for the money or because it was easy work.
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11:42AM on 10/17/2012
I would almost categorize it as non-news. Mind you I didn't see but the first one, but I remember thinking "They got Hugo Weaving for THIS?" The character had a few menacing words to tell Optimus Prime, and then he was disintegrated. I never imagined, as a voice actor, that Weaving gave a toss about the role. He didn't have to go anywhere to do the part, so why should he even care?

Oh, and Collider, now Hugo Weaving's an English actor?
I would almost categorize it as non-news. Mind you I didn't see but the first one, but I remember thinking "They got Hugo Weaving for THIS?" The character had a few menacing words to tell Optimus Prime, and then he was disintegrated. I never imagined, as a voice actor, that Weaving gave a toss about the role. He didn't have to go anywhere to do the part, so why should he even care?

Oh, and Collider, now Hugo Weaving's an English actor?
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9:42AM on 10/17/2012

oh...

...he cares: [link]
...he cares: [link]
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8:21AM on 10/17/2012

It's called a paycheck

Hugo Weaving, just like many actors, just do certain roles for a quick paycheck. The sound editors for the movie did a terrible job with Megatron's voice anyway, you couldn't even tell it was Weaving.
Hugo Weaving, just like many actors, just do certain roles for a quick paycheck. The sound editors for the movie did a terrible job with Megatron's voice anyway, you couldn't even tell it was Weaving.
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6:43AM on 10/17/2012
Not sure how to feel about this story....

I guess what I interpret out of it is "I needed some cash, and was paid to speak and not think" Which, I suppose, is a job I could probably be ok with too....
Not sure how to feel about this story....

I guess what I interpret out of it is "I needed some cash, and was paid to speak and not think" Which, I suppose, is a job I could probably be ok with too....
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3:32AM on 10/17/2012

Despicable

You sign on...therefore you're in. This is pussyfooting bullshit to me. Regardless of the director, as an actor, this makes you look BAD. Especially when you're supposed to be a credited actor of some talent. Way to minimize that!
You sign on...therefore you're in. This is pussyfooting bullshit to me. Regardless of the director, as an actor, this makes you look BAD. Especially when you're supposed to be a credited actor of some talent. Way to minimize that!
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3:07AM on 10/17/2012
so he went in and did the film with no knowledge of the lines he was actually reading, or what they even meant? His voice in the film was pretty cool, so I'd say he did a great job anyway. Still, you think the producers of the film would have at least given him some back story and direction as to the emotion his character was feeling. Maybe they did. People can hate if they want, but I didn't hate the films as so many people do.
so he went in and did the film with no knowledge of the lines he was actually reading, or what they even meant? His voice in the film was pretty cool, so I'd say he did a great job anyway. Still, you think the producers of the film would have at least given him some back story and direction as to the emotion his character was feeling. Maybe they did. People can hate if they want, but I didn't hate the films as so many people do.
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10:32PM on 10/16/2012
Wait... does this mean someone DID care about Transformers?
Wait... does this mean someone DID care about Transformers?
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12:52PM on 10/17/2012
funniest comment ive read here in awhile, but since the movies made billions of a dollars, id say a few people did
funniest comment ive read here in awhile, but since the movies made billions of a dollars, id say a few people did
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10:17PM on 10/16/2012
I bet his bank account cares.
I bet his bank account cares.
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9:43PM on 10/16/2012
Hugo Weaving's already built quite the legacy as a geekdom icon: he's been Agent Smith, V, Red Skull, Megatron (and a drag queen in Priscilla Queen of the Desert) to name a few. I thought he made for a great-sounding Megatron, apparently Welker's voice had aged too much for him to reprise the role. It was just a complete waste, seeing what Bay and co. did with the character (especially in the latter two movies, as anomaly7 points out) and the franchise.
Hugo Weaving's already built quite the legacy as a geekdom icon: he's been Agent Smith, V, Red Skull, Megatron (and a drag queen in Priscilla Queen of the Desert) to name a few. I thought he made for a great-sounding Megatron, apparently Welker's voice had aged too much for him to reprise the role. It was just a complete waste, seeing what Bay and co. did with the character (especially in the latter two movies, as anomaly7 points out) and the franchise.
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9:24PM on 10/16/2012
I lived in Amman, Jordan studying abroad while the second film was being made and some of the ending war scenes were shot there and in Egypt. I was part of the film crew doing some light work for 2 weeks and let me tell you something, Hugo Weaving wasn't missing much. Michael Bay was a tool. Shia was a child (he stopped the whole crew for 4 hours until someone got him some sour skittles which was sold 2 hours away at the closest store location). You got paid Hugo and never had to meet either of
I lived in Amman, Jordan studying abroad while the second film was being made and some of the ending war scenes were shot there and in Egypt. I was part of the film crew doing some light work for 2 weeks and let me tell you something, Hugo Weaving wasn't missing much. Michael Bay was a tool. Shia was a child (he stopped the whole crew for 4 hours until someone got him some sour skittles which was sold 2 hours away at the closest store location). You got paid Hugo and never had to meet either of those 2, consider yourself lucky.
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9:41PM on 10/16/2012
Really cool to hear a first-hand account of someone who was on the set of the film! It only goes to confirm that Michael Bay deserves to rot in movie hell (I'd love to hear some specific examples of his tool-ish behaviour). And Shia LaBeouf held up production because he wanted some sour Skittles! Now that's a story to tell the grandkids. Great share.
Really cool to hear a first-hand account of someone who was on the set of the film! It only goes to confirm that Michael Bay deserves to rot in movie hell (I'd love to hear some specific examples of his tool-ish behaviour). And Shia LaBeouf held up production because he wanted some sour Skittles! Now that's a story to tell the grandkids. Great share.
11:35PM on 10/16/2012
1 more thing I wanted to mention. Michael Bay and all the major characters from the film were invited to dinner by on of the princes of the Kingdom of Jordan and all of them showed except Megan Fox (who was the only person the prince truly wanted there to meet). She didn't even say prior to the engagement that she wasn't showing. I will admit though, meeting her was epic because even though a lot of people would think she was a bitch, she really wasn't, she was pretty cool and pretty funny too.
1 more thing I wanted to mention. Michael Bay and all the major characters from the film were invited to dinner by on of the princes of the Kingdom of Jordan and all of them showed except Megan Fox (who was the only person the prince truly wanted there to meet). She didn't even say prior to the engagement that she wasn't showing. I will admit though, meeting her was epic because even though a lot of people would think she was a bitch, she really wasn't, she was pretty cool and pretty funny too.
11:38PM on 10/16/2012
This just confirms my hatred for Shia and Bay is justifiable. Thanks for sharing, dude!
This just confirms my hatred for Shia and Bay is justifiable. Thanks for sharing, dude!
9:20AM on 10/17/2012
Bull. I believe Shia acts like a brat, but holding up production for a pack of Skittles is a lie. Even if he tried to stop production, his reasoning would not fly with his employers. You my friend, are a liar. The production wouldn't even be ALLOWED to stop for such a small demand. Nice try, you lie.And 30 people are gullible enough to believe your story.
Bull. I believe Shia acts like a brat, but holding up production for a pack of Skittles is a lie. Even if he tried to stop production, his reasoning would not fly with his employers. You my friend, are a liar. The production wouldn't even be ALLOWED to stop for such a small demand. Nice try, you lie.And 30 people are gullible enough to believe your story.
9:27AM on 10/17/2012
You can believe what you want Herelam, I didn't throw this story out there because I wanted attention or because I felt like trashing Shia and Michael's names, I just remember what I remember and I gave my two cents on why it was good that Hugo didn't meet them. Shia and Megan got whatever they wanted during filming there and if they weren't happy, they (especially Shia) would make it known. As much as you don't want to believe that someone could stop filming and hold up a whole crew for 3-4
You can believe what you want Herelam, I didn't throw this story out there because I wanted attention or because I felt like trashing Shia and Michael's names, I just remember what I remember and I gave my two cents on why it was good that Hugo didn't meet them. Shia and Megan got whatever they wanted during filming there and if they weren't happy, they (especially Shia) would make it known. As much as you don't want to believe that someone could stop filming and hold up a whole crew for 3-4 hours, it happened.
4:01PM on 10/17/2012
Having worked in productions for several years (as PA and grip mostly; on commercials, TV specials, and films) I find the story about Shia holding back production for 4 hours over a bag a of Skittles hard to believe. Yeah it's true that some stars can be huge divas and halt shoots over meaningless bullshit, but generally that shit doesn't happen. There's too much money involved, too many people trying to keep things moving, and honestly holding back a shoot for that long is a pain for everyone
Having worked in productions for several years (as PA and grip mostly; on commercials, TV specials, and films) I find the story about Shia holding back production for 4 hours over a bag a of Skittles hard to believe. Yeah it's true that some stars can be huge divas and halt shoots over meaningless bullshit, but generally that shit doesn't happen. There's too much money involved, too many people trying to keep things moving, and honestly holding back a shoot for that long is a pain for everyone including the film's star.

I don't know Shia, but I haven't read or heard about how he is on set, so I can't say this is something he would do. I have worked with a few people who have worked on Michael Bay films/commercials and they all have had bad things to say about his attitude towards crew members and actors, and they've also said he's been known to hold back shoots over meaningless bullshit.

One last thing, on shoots, especially massive operations like Transformers-sized blockbusters, rumors run rampant about anything. There are so many people working, and so few actually in direct contact with the director, stars, and the other key players, any drama/problems that happen gets the telephone game treatment.
11:41PM on 10/17/2012
PeJota - Believe me, a buddy and I were shocked at the Skittles incident and we thought it was a joke at first but it wasn't. Michael Bay was a douche to a lot of the film crew during their 2 week stay in Jordan but he never yelled at any of the main actors at all (although I remember an argument that went on for 20 minutes with Shia at some point but I guess that's normal). There was one time where Michael was furious at the crew members that held the long metal poles in place, these poles are
PeJota - Believe me, a buddy and I were shocked at the Skittles incident and we thought it was a joke at first but it wasn't. Michael Bay was a douche to a lot of the film crew during their 2 week stay in Jordan but he never yelled at any of the main actors at all (although I remember an argument that went on for 20 minutes with Shia at some point but I guess that's normal). There was one time where Michael was furious at the crew members that held the long metal poles in place, these poles are what they used to mimic the Transformers (they would build the CGI around where the pole was placed). Another time Michael made almost everyone leave while we were in the middle of nowhere and Shia and Megan had a kissing scene, I guess that was normal too but who knows. To be honest, I got to bring and hold lights for 2 weeks, hotel paid, making quite nice pay, got fed great food, and was in one of the nicest areas in Jordan (Aqaba Beach) while they filmed. Plus I got to hang around a lot of interesting people and famous ones and got to see first hand how they are. Good stuff.
9:23PM on 10/16/2012

English actor?

He is an Aussie, THR.
He is an Aussie, THR.
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9:08PM on 10/16/2012
This is why fans want Frank Welker instead.
This is why fans want Frank Welker instead.
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11:36PM on 10/16/2012
No, it isn't.
No, it isn't.
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8:57PM on 10/16/2012
Can't say I blame him. Bay and the studio never cared about giving any characterization to most the autobots and decepticons. Heck, Megatron really didn't even do anything in the sequels. Honestly, I'm surprised he stuck around for all 3 films.
Can't say I blame him. Bay and the studio never cared about giving any characterization to most the autobots and decepticons. Heck, Megatron really didn't even do anything in the sequels. Honestly, I'm surprised he stuck around for all 3 films.
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