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John Goodman, Ken Watanabe Are Autobots in Transformers: Age of Extinction

05.08.2014

The next installment in the Transformers franchise is only a few months away, and yet there is still casting news to report for the movie. Michael Bay announced today that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe will provide the voices for two new Autobots in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. Goodman will play Autobot Hound and Watanabe will play Drift. I don’t think there is ever such a thing as bad casting when it comes to these two great actors, so this is all good from where I’m sitting.

 Here’s the press release from Michael Bay’s blog:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 8, 2014) – Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures. Goodman and Watanabe will join legendary voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker

Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron. “I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”

Goodman is one of my favorite actors and it’s always a pleasure to see or hear him on the big screen. His work in MONSTERS, INC. and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY are proof enough that the man can take a role, live-action or animated, and make it his own.  Watanabe can next been seen in GODZILLA, but you already knew that.

As Bay mentioned, rounding out the voice-over cast are actors John DiMaggio (Crosshairs), Mark Ryan (Lockdown) while returning is Robert Foxworth (Rathchet) and Reno Wilson (Brains).

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION opens on June 27, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: John Goodman's first job was being a bouncer. Who would ever mess with him?

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8:42AM on 05/09/2014
How come 4 Transformers movie but no cameo from Stan Bush??
How come 4 Transformers movie but no cameo from Stan Bush??
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5:12AM on 05/09/2014

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Sounds good to me. Especially Goodman. But having an autobot with an accent is going to start that whole "Transformers are racist" whining again...
Sounds good to me. Especially Goodman. But having an autobot with an accent is going to start that whole "Transformers are racist" whining again...
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11:59PM on 05/08/2014
So they probably each got paid MILLIONS for this work and we won't be able to distinguish their voices from any other "robotized" voice.
So they probably each got paid MILLIONS for this work and we won't be able to distinguish their voices from any other "robotized" voice.
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5:17AM on 05/09/2014
No one is going to get paid MILLIONS for spending an afternoon in a booth shouting oneliners. Maybe a low five, but nowhere near six... 'cos it's not like this is a Shrek sequel and they are Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy.
No one is going to get paid MILLIONS for spending an afternoon in a booth shouting oneliners. Maybe a low five, but nowhere near six... 'cos it's not like this is a Shrek sequel and they are Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy.
5:29AM on 05/09/2014
Don't be ridiculous of course you will be able to distinguish especially goodman who's probably got one of the best voices in Hollywood and as jyri points out I doubt they'd get millions for a recording session
Don't be ridiculous of course you will be able to distinguish especially goodman who's probably got one of the best voices in Hollywood and as jyri points out I doubt they'd get millions for a recording session
10:33AM on 05/09/2014
I still think Goodman and Watanabe each make $1 million for this. I doubt it took just a single afternoon. Look, I don't care how much money they get paid, ultimately what I care about is promoting the film with recognizable voices of prominent, highly respected actors, only to have the voices so heavily altered to sound like alien machines that it might as well have been anybody.
I still think Goodman and Watanabe each make $1 million for this. I doubt it took just a single afternoon. Look, I don't care how much money they get paid, ultimately what I care about is promoting the film with recognizable voices of prominent, highly respected actors, only to have the voices so heavily altered to sound like alien machines that it might as well have been anybody.
10:56PM on 05/08/2014
Considerable talents who will probably be wasted just as Hugo Weaving was.
Considerable talents who will probably be wasted just as Hugo Weaving was.
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10:51PM on 05/08/2014
Let's hope Michael Bay can keep his racism in check and not have Drift be a horrible Asian stereotype.
Let's hope Michael Bay can keep his racism in check and not have Drift be a horrible Asian stereotype.
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10:35PM on 05/08/2014
Ken Watanabe must be playing Bumblebee b/c I can never understand what he is saying.
Ken Watanabe must be playing Bumblebee b/c I can never understand what he is saying.
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10:26PM on 05/08/2014
Finally some good news. John Goodman will do a fine voice for Hound, so long as he has lines *snicker*
Honestly, give the damn robots lines, Bay. Less emPHAsis on humans and more emphasis on the Transformers.
On a side note, Brains is supposed to be dead with Wheelie, and should be. If Brains is back, I hope Wheelie is too, cause I actually liked Wheelie. Brains, not so much.
Finally some good news. John Goodman will do a fine voice for Hound, so long as he has lines *snicker*
Honestly, give the damn robots lines, Bay. Less emPHAsis on humans and more emphasis on the Transformers.
On a side note, Brains is supposed to be dead with Wheelie, and should be. If Brains is back, I hope Wheelie is too, cause I actually liked Wheelie. Brains, not so much.
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9:57PM on 05/08/2014
These two in ANY film is always good casting.
These two in ANY film is always good casting.
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9:58PM on 05/08/2014
Very true. I'd watch them watch paint dry.
Very true. I'd watch them watch paint dry.
11:10PM on 05/08/2014
I'd watch Megan Fox in a bad movie. In fact, I have, several times.
I'd watch Megan Fox in a bad movie. In fact, I have, several times.
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