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Oct. 18, 2012by:

In the last week we've had two actors, both Paul Bettany and Hugo Weaving, speak candidly about the voice work they've done for some of the most profitable films in Hollywood. And, what they had to say wasn't exactly inspiring. We reported on Hugo Weaving's thoughts on playing Megatron in Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS films, where he said, "They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I dont regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if its meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I dont mean that in any nasty way. I did it."

Earlier in the week, English actor Paul Bettany, better known as the voice of Jarvis in both the IRON MAN films and THE AVENGERS, also voiced his nonchalant feelings on doing voice work for big blockbusters.

"My kids love them, but I've never seen them," he said. "They're just not my thing." Bettany revealed that "they don't send me the whole script, so I have no idea what the movies are about." He noted that the process is very much like pulling a heist, "I feel like a pirate. This is robbery," he joked. "I walk in, I say some lines on a piece of paper for two hours, and then they give me a bag of money and I leave and I go about my day. I sort of feel guilty, because at least acting can be exhausting, with long hours... but I do nothing!"

So, what does that say about these two actors? To me, it sounds like they are being honest about the process. However, in doing so, it kind of cheapens their impact onscreen. Both actors, regardless of the script and story involvement they had, were still able to pull off some great voice work for the larger piece of the pie. I don't feel like they're complaining about the money, but the process. Ultimately, actors typically are looking for that collaborative process with their director, but it seems the impersonal recording process has left them rather cold about it all.

Naturally, director Michael Bay, who is infamous for his hot/cold relationship with his actors, had a response to this influx of criticism, posting this on his personal 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 wasnt 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. Its theDavid Sheldrick Wildlife Trustin Africa. I will match the funds they donate."

I respect all three of these guys (yes, even Bay) for what they do, so I find this little tiff interesting. On one hand I can see Bay's point, as really, how much direction do you need to emote the characters they're playing? It's a pretty easy payday. For the actors, however, I can see their frustration as wanting to be a part of the bigger picture. However, not every movie is a Terrance Malick flick where the director lives in your trailer with you, dissecting the script for two years before a frame of film is shot.

What say you guys?

Michael Bay's next film, PAIN AND GAIN will hit sometime in 2013, Hugo Weaving can be seen this month in CLOUD ATLAS, and Paul Bettany will collect the booty once again for IRON MAN 3, slated for release on May 3, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think these guys are easily replaced as voice actors or are they staples to their roles, even if they don't think so?

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1:26PM on 10/19/2012
I really don't blame these actors, they're just speaking about the process of voice over work. As an actor that has to be frustrating to be so disconnected from the project you're putting your name on. Michael Bay is a piece of shit and just mad nobody likes him. As for celebrity paychecks, i've always found it funny how out spoken actors can be about the world's problems while they pocket ad disgustingly disproportionate amount of wealth. Sure, they give a lot maybe even more than 10% but when
I really don't blame these actors, they're just speaking about the process of voice over work. As an actor that has to be frustrating to be so disconnected from the project you're putting your name on. Michael Bay is a piece of shit and just mad nobody likes him. As for celebrity paychecks, i've always found it funny how out spoken actors can be about the world's problems while they pocket ad disgustingly disproportionate amount of wealth. Sure, they give a lot maybe even more than 10% but when you're bringing in 10 mil a year, you really should do better if you want to make a difference. They really get high off their smug self importance.
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9:25AM on 10/19/2012
In regards to Weaving? Somehow I imagine Peter Cullen has a much different opinion. Bay is right though, a lot of Hollywood takes so much for granted and haven't a single clue how blessed they are, financially that is. . It makes a huge difference in life if you don't have to worry about paying bills as compared to the majority of people that do. Be grateful for the work you get to do, and next time someone asks what you think of a role you phoned in, at least pretend that it was a good
In regards to Weaving? Somehow I imagine Peter Cullen has a much different opinion. Bay is right though, a lot of Hollywood takes so much for granted and haven't a single clue how blessed they are, financially that is. . It makes a huge difference in life if you don't have to worry about paying bills as compared to the majority of people that do. Be grateful for the work you get to do, and next time someone asks what you think of a role you phoned in, at least pretend that it was a good experience for you.
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7:57AM on 10/19/2012

Hold on one second...

Nobody's complaining here. I'd side with Bay if Paul and Hugo were whining about not getting into the creative aspect of the film, but neither of them said any such thing. Hugo was being honest, and if anything it's Bay's fault that he wasn't asked to 'get dirty' with the process. Bettany, however, is just doing his job and sounds grateful for the payday. I'm starting to think Michael Bay doesn't follow scripts simply because he can't read. Someone spews garbage in his ear and he goes on a rant
Nobody's complaining here. I'd side with Bay if Paul and Hugo were whining about not getting into the creative aspect of the film, but neither of them said any such thing. Hugo was being honest, and if anything it's Bay's fault that he wasn't asked to 'get dirty' with the process. Bettany, however, is just doing his job and sounds grateful for the payday. I'm starting to think Michael Bay doesn't follow scripts simply because he can't read. Someone spews garbage in his ear and he goes on a rant on his website. I like the man's visual sense, I really do, but damn Bay, grow the f**k up once in a while.
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5:44AM on 10/19/2012
It's real easy to misunderstand what these actors are trying to say, until you remember that the quotes we read on sites like this are just a part of larger interviews. It's not like these guys are organizing press conferences to tell us how much they hate their jobs. They were asked a question as part of an interview and answered it honestly, and i wouldn't want it any other way.
It's real easy to misunderstand what these actors are trying to say, until you remember that the quotes we read on sites like this are just a part of larger interviews. It's not like these guys are organizing press conferences to tell us how much they hate their jobs. They were asked a question as part of an interview and answered it honestly, and i wouldn't want it any other way.
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3:40AM on 10/19/2012

I'm Simple

I will respect all sides of this argument. All three of these individuals take pride in their work. I'm just a middling bartender. If someone walked up to me and said, " This is the best Cubra Libre I 've ever had." I would say thank you. To put it plainly it's just a rum and coke and while I appreciate your compliment, it's just a rum and coke. All three of these guys should sit down and have one, count their loads of money and shut the hell up.
I will respect all sides of this argument. All three of these individuals take pride in their work. I'm just a middling bartender. If someone walked up to me and said, " This is the best Cubra Libre I 've ever had." I would say thank you. To put it plainly it's just a rum and coke and while I appreciate your compliment, it's just a rum and coke. All three of these guys should sit down and have one, count their loads of money and shut the hell up.
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12:34AM on 10/19/2012
I am positive they were told by their managers, handlers, the transformer team and producers and probably loads more of people exactly what would be required of them talent and acting wise here so I don't know where this complaining about it is coming from. Again, I agree with Bay, if you don't like the process or end result give the money to people who could use it more that is called having principles.
I am positive they were told by their managers, handlers, the transformer team and producers and probably loads more of people exactly what would be required of them talent and acting wise here so I don't know where this complaining about it is coming from. Again, I agree with Bay, if you don't like the process or end result give the money to people who could use it more that is called having principles.
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11:13PM on 10/18/2012
As soon as I read the headline I was ready to hop on here and rip Bay a new one but the man has a point. Weaving's remarks were honest and didn't seem like a complaint. Bettany however did come off as a BIT arrogant and if I were him I'd just take the money and keep my mouth shut considering his past few acting flicks were highly forgettable. Trust me, if I could do a voice over for a big movie franchise I'd gladly do it for the experience and some coupons! Kudos to Bay speaking out but
As soon as I read the headline I was ready to hop on here and rip Bay a new one but the man has a point. Weaving's remarks were honest and didn't seem like a complaint. Bettany however did come off as a BIT arrogant and if I were him I'd just take the money and keep my mouth shut considering his past few acting flicks were highly forgettable. Trust me, if I could do a voice over for a big movie franchise I'd gladly do it for the experience and some coupons! Kudos to Bay speaking out but sticking to the big picture, "If you don't like it then don't do it!"
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11:02PM on 10/18/2012
As soon as I read the headline I was ready to hop on here and rip Bay a new one but the man has a point. Weaving's remarks were honest and didn't seem like a complaint. Bettany however did come off as a BIT arrogant and if I were him I'd just take the money and keep my mouth shut considering his past few acting flicks were highly forgettable. Trust me, if I could do a voice over for a big movie franchise I'd gladly do it for the experience and some coupons! Kudos to Bay speaking out but
As soon as I read the headline I was ready to hop on here and rip Bay a new one but the man has a point. Weaving's remarks were honest and didn't seem like a complaint. Bettany however did come off as a BIT arrogant and if I were him I'd just take the money and keep my mouth shut considering his past few acting flicks were highly forgettable. Trust me, if I could do a voice over for a big movie franchise I'd gladly do it for the experience and some coupons! Kudos to Bay speaking out but sticking to the big picture, "If you don't like it then don't do it!"
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9:38PM on 10/18/2012

Surprised to say Bay is right

those dudes took the money, they shouldnt whine about it, if they want to do something more fufiling acting wise go do it already.
those dudes took the money, they shouldnt whine about it, if they want to do something more fufiling acting wise go do it already.
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7:47PM on 10/18/2012

Wow I actually agree with Michael Bay.....

I gotta say I agree with Bay, I understand that doing these kinds of jobs aren't artistic in any way. But you are getting a shit ton of money for two hours of work. Its very disrespectful towards your employer to come out a complain like this. I understand what weaving is saying but that doesn't justify this kind of disrespect.
I gotta say I agree with Bay, I understand that doing these kinds of jobs aren't artistic in any way. But you are getting a shit ton of money for two hours of work. Its very disrespectful towards your employer to come out a complain like this. I understand what weaving is saying but that doesn't justify this kind of disrespect.
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7:42PM on 10/18/2012
i agree with bay in the aspect that there are a ton of guys like professional voice guys like billy west, jess harnell etc that work their ass off doing voices for a living because they love what they do and would love to get paid what these big hollywood celebs get paid but dont
i agree with bay in the aspect that there are a ton of guys like professional voice guys like billy west, jess harnell etc that work their ass off doing voices for a living because they love what they do and would love to get paid what these big hollywood celebs get paid but dont
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7:13PM on 10/18/2012
So... they complain about not being involved, but I never heard them once say they tried. I respect both actors but they both said, they got paid and left. Nothing was mentioned about stepping over their job description.
So... they complain about not being involved, but I never heard them once say they tried. I respect both actors but they both said, they got paid and left. Nothing was mentioned about stepping over their job description.
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6:35PM on 10/18/2012
Michael Bay needs to stop taking himself so frickin' seriously. Douche.
Michael Bay needs to stop taking himself so frickin' seriously. Douche.
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6:21PM on 10/18/2012
Although I think Bay is overreacting, as these actors aren't really complaining about the work so much as being indifferent to it, I do think that voice work should be left to voice actors. Voice acting is a tough industry and a lot of voice actors devote their lives to perfecting just that art. So, it would be nice if they were utilized more instead of these studios bringing in a bunch of big name celebrities. I understand why they do it, but it really is an art that should be left to the
Although I think Bay is overreacting, as these actors aren't really complaining about the work so much as being indifferent to it, I do think that voice work should be left to voice actors. Voice acting is a tough industry and a lot of voice actors devote their lives to perfecting just that art. So, it would be nice if they were utilized more instead of these studios bringing in a bunch of big name celebrities. I understand why they do it, but it really is an art that should be left to the professionals.
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6:20PM on 10/18/2012

But they weren't even bitching?

I don't get it. All they did was say that voice work was way too easy compared to the money they got for it. I mean hell, Paul Bettany compared it to something criminal! That sounds like voicing feelings of guilt and regret, *NOT* whining. And while I appreciate that Bay jumped in and offered an avenue for them to make reparations on their guilt, the adversarial way he went about it pretty much sums up his obnoxious, adolescent attitude. Here's a guy who can't even do a good deed without
I don't get it. All they did was say that voice work was way too easy compared to the money they got for it. I mean hell, Paul Bettany compared it to something criminal! That sounds like voicing feelings of guilt and regret, *NOT* whining. And while I appreciate that Bay jumped in and offered an avenue for them to make reparations on their guilt, the adversarial way he went about it pretty much sums up his obnoxious, adolescent attitude. Here's a guy who can't even do a good deed without sounding like an asshole.
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5:59PM on 10/18/2012
Say what you will about Bay and the Transformers films but in this case I think I will take the side of the guy who worked a year and change on each film not the guys who did a couple of days of voice work. But, I do respect the hell out of their honesty though.
Say what you will about Bay and the Transformers films but in this case I think I will take the side of the guy who worked a year and change on each film not the guys who did a couple of days of voice work. But, I do respect the hell out of their honesty though.
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5:57PM on 10/18/2012
I can't believe I'm saying this, but... Michael Bay is totally right. It kind of annoys the shit out of me that these guys are bitching about the voice over work when they're making more money than I've earned my entire life for less than 2 hours worth of "work".

On a side note, I had no idea Weaving even voiced Megatron in the Transformers movies until last week. So many weird machiney filters over the voice, why bother paying that much for a known actor like that?
I can't believe I'm saying this, but... Michael Bay is totally right. It kind of annoys the shit out of me that these guys are bitching about the voice over work when they're making more money than I've earned my entire life for less than 2 hours worth of "work".

On a side note, I had no idea Weaving even voiced Megatron in the Transformers movies until last week. So many weird machiney filters over the voice, why bother paying that much for a known actor like that?
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5:37PM on 10/18/2012
Say what you will about Bay and the Transformers films but in this case I think I will take the side of the guy who worked a year and change on each film not the guys who did a couple of days of voice work. But, I do respect the hell out of their honesty though.
Say what you will about Bay and the Transformers films but in this case I think I will take the side of the guy who worked a year and change on each film not the guys who did a couple of days of voice work. But, I do respect the hell out of their honesty though.
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4:48PM on 10/18/2012
Iron Man isn't his thing, but Legion and Priest are ? No offense, but, come on...
Iron Man isn't his thing, but Legion and Priest are ? No offense, but, come on...
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4:42PM on 10/18/2012

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They're easily replaceable because no one would know the difference. In the case of Hugo Weaving, they could hire Fred Welker (the original voice of the animated Megatron) so that we might actually understand what he says when he talks.
They're easily replaceable because no one would know the difference. In the case of Hugo Weaving, they could hire Fred Welker (the original voice of the animated Megatron) so that we might actually understand what he says when he talks.
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4:09PM on 10/18/2012
i think even Michael Bay wont read the script before doing a film..
i think even Michael Bay wont read the script before doing a film..
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4:05PM on 10/18/2012

haha..

Hugo Weaving:u didnt send me the scripts to read.ur movies r shit, Michael Bay:kiss my ass,u dont need to read the script.
Hugo Weaving:u didnt send me the scripts to read.ur movies r shit, Michael Bay:kiss my ass,u dont need to read the script.
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3:48PM on 10/18/2012
All of the actors in TRANSFORMERS were doing it for the money. Hugo Weaving was just being honest about it. He did a fine job, so I don't see a problem with what he said.
All of the actors in TRANSFORMERS were doing it for the money. Hugo Weaving was just being honest about it. He did a fine job, so I don't see a problem with what he said.
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3:30PM on 10/18/2012
I dont understand what was wrong with Hugo Weaving saying he had no real passion for doing the voice work from Transformers. Hugo wasn't complaining, simply saying his heart was in the project. On top of that Michael Bay should never use the word INTEGRITY in any argument he has with someone. The man doesn't care about anything "fans" care about, all this man is about is making money and telling ppl to STFU, like when he told all of the fans to STFU regarding alien Ninja Turtles. If anyone
I dont understand what was wrong with Hugo Weaving saying he had no real passion for doing the voice work from Transformers. Hugo wasn't complaining, simply saying his heart was in the project. On top of that Michael Bay should never use the word INTEGRITY in any argument he has with someone. The man doesn't care about anything "fans" care about, all this man is about is making money and telling ppl to STFU, like when he told all of the fans to STFU regarding alien Ninja Turtles. If anyone should donate money, he could an entire 3rd world country with all the money he made on that garbage Transformers 2 film.
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3:26PM on 10/18/2012
i think all 3 have a valid point, but wasnt it that movie Rio with Johnny Depp where everyone did it together?
but come on its an easy paycheck
i think all 3 have a valid point, but wasnt it that movie Rio with Johnny Depp where everyone did it together?
but come on its an easy paycheck
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3:23PM on 10/18/2012

well

if anyone is qualified to comment on meaningless, shallow, uninspired work involving films, it's Michael Bay.
if anyone is qualified to comment on meaningless, shallow, uninspired work involving films, it's Michael Bay.
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3:04PM on 10/18/2012
He has a good argument about a lot of actors and celebrities. But this argument is towards the wrong thing. This has nothing to do with Hugo complaining about his job, it has to do with Bay not getting close enough with his actors. Not providing a good enough script. Not giving the full potential. He is right about celebrities bitching, but thats not what Hugo W. was doing. He was just stating his opinion on the artistic value.
He has a good argument about a lot of actors and celebrities. But this argument is towards the wrong thing. This has nothing to do with Hugo complaining about his job, it has to do with Bay not getting close enough with his actors. Not providing a good enough script. Not giving the full potential. He is right about celebrities bitching, but thats not what Hugo W. was doing. He was just stating his opinion on the artistic value.
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2:41PM on 10/18/2012
If Bay could nail transformers as well as he nailed it here, it would win 12 Oscars and cure cancer. Instead watching transformers causes intestinal bleeding and walleye vision.
If Bay could nail transformers as well as he nailed it here, it would win 12 Oscars and cure cancer. Instead watching transformers causes intestinal bleeding and walleye vision.
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4:28PM on 10/18/2012
Haha good one!
Haha good one!
2:18PM on 10/18/2012
All I know is 'Elephant Rescue' should be Bay's next film. Huge franchise right there.
All I know is 'Elephant Rescue' should be Bay's next film. Huge franchise right there.
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2:13PM on 10/18/2012
I'm pretty sure Bill Murray found Garfield to be meaningless as well.

Should bay be casting stones over these mild remarks? You think he's qualified to question the integrity of two men he's never met?
I'm pretty sure Bill Murray found Garfield to be meaningless as well.

Should bay be casting stones over these mild remarks? You think he's qualified to question the integrity of two men he's never met?
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2:07PM on 10/18/2012

Eat a dick Bay

This is hilarious. The 2 actors simply express the notion that voice work is boring and unengaging and Bay tries to spin it like they are whining about having well paid jobs? Go fuck yourself Bay.

First off these were interviews not news stories like he wants to play it. "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 wasnt artistic enough or fulfilling enough?" What
This is hilarious. The 2 actors simply express the notion that voice work is boring and unengaging and Bay tries to spin it like they are whining about having well paid jobs? Go fuck yourself Bay.

First off these were interviews not news stories like he wants to play it. "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 wasnt artistic enough or fulfilling enough?" What fucking news are you referring to? Last i checked ppl buy magazines/goto niche sites because they ARE interested in in what the ppl being interviewed where as ppl who read news papers are looking to have news fed to them.

Then the ass hat has the gull to speak of integrity after caving to Paramount and making the third Transformers in 3D when swearing you wouldn't, what a douche. To talk of integrity after ignoring the writers strike and putting out the horrible crap fest that was Transformers 2, what a rim jobber.

Then he wants to try and look cool by bringing up some elephant charity saying that he's match every dollar? Nice fishing job there bud.

Weaving was asked what his relationship was with Bay from working on Transformers and he answered honestly. Maybe its Bay that's embarrassed that he's the director and its now known that he can't even be bothered to meet all the actors in his film?
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3:06PM on 10/18/2012
LMFAO...Love this comment.
LMFAO...Love this comment.
6:23PM on 10/18/2012
Bravo!
Bravo!
6:10AM on 10/19/2012
*enter the slow clap here*

well done sir
*enter the slow clap here*

well done sir
2:36PM on 10/19/2012
You pointed out something that really bugs me about media, or at least social networks' reaction to media. everytime a famous person says something, they are most likely answering a question, not taking a stand.
You pointed out something that really bugs me about media, or at least social networks' reaction to media. everytime a famous person says something, they are most likely answering a question, not taking a stand.
1:52PM on 10/18/2012
Agree with Bay, but I think it ended up being made a bigger deal than it is.
Agree with Bay, but I think it ended up being made a bigger deal than it is.
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1:45PM on 10/18/2012
These guys don't sound like they are complaining
These guys don't sound like they are complaining
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2:09PM on 10/18/2012
Or attacking Bay. Of course the project was meaningless to Weaving. He's old and British.
Or attacking Bay. Of course the project was meaningless to Weaving. He's old and British.
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1:39PM on 10/18/2012
And if Bettany wants to know what the movie he's voicing is about, here's an idea, how about you actually watch it with your kids and see why they love them so much??
And if Bettany wants to know what the movie he's voicing is about, here's an idea, how about you actually watch it with your kids and see why they love them so much??
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1:37PM on 10/18/2012

I agree with Bay

Bay hit the nail on the head. All these actors are completely spoiled rotten for what they do. The amount of money they make is disguesting. What could be better than not having to worry about makeup or how you look on camera, and getting paid millions?
Bay hit the nail on the head. All these actors are completely spoiled rotten for what they do. The amount of money they make is disguesting. What could be better than not having to worry about makeup or how you look on camera, and getting paid millions?
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1:29PM on 10/18/2012
Bay owned it here. I mean, the 2 Actors arent really being ass holes, well maybe Hugo Weaving is, calling his work "Meaningless" is very disrespectful. Bettany simply said he never saw the movies, no big deal there. But Bay told it like it was, dont complain for making a shit load of money for a tiny amount of work when other people cant even make that in their lifetimes. And at the end, Bay said donate the money you make to a charity and he would match it... that is pretty damn respectable.
Bay owned it here. I mean, the 2 Actors arent really being ass holes, well maybe Hugo Weaving is, calling his work "Meaningless" is very disrespectful. Bettany simply said he never saw the movies, no big deal there. But Bay told it like it was, dont complain for making a shit load of money for a tiny amount of work when other people cant even make that in their lifetimes. And at the end, Bay said donate the money you make to a charity and he would match it... that is pretty damn respectable.
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1:23PM on 10/18/2012

I disagree with Bay

I didn't know either of these actors even did these voices. Personally, I don't need a familiar face attached to a voice. The comments made by Weaving, and Bettany hardly sound like complaints. I suppose I should never complain about food I've eaten, because there are people starving in the world. Not that big a deal. Michael Bays responding is just childish. These weren't even jabs at him. Why so sensitive? If it's so trivial, why respond?
I didn't know either of these actors even did these voices. Personally, I don't need a familiar face attached to a voice. The comments made by Weaving, and Bettany hardly sound like complaints. I suppose I should never complain about food I've eaten, because there are people starving in the world. Not that big a deal. Michael Bays responding is just childish. These weren't even jabs at him. Why so sensitive? If it's so trivial, why respond?
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1:21PM on 10/18/2012
I'm not dissing on Bay for this. I think what he said was true to his nature, but I really could care less about Weaving and Bettany's opinions of their voice work. I already knew Bettany didn't regard Jarvis the same way he did his other movies when he forgot to count Iron Man among the movies he was in in 2008. As Bay pointed out, it's the Hollywood Reporter. I really doubt Hugo Weaving would've volunteered his opinion on Megatron had he not been asked.

Now, when you get more than one
I'm not dissing on Bay for this. I think what he said was true to his nature, but I really could care less about Weaving and Bettany's opinions of their voice work. I already knew Bettany didn't regard Jarvis the same way he did his other movies when he forgot to count Iron Man among the movies he was in in 2008. As Bay pointed out, it's the Hollywood Reporter. I really doubt Hugo Weaving would've volunteered his opinion on Megatron had he not been asked.

Now, when you get more than one actor sharing a similar opinion with regard to some of their work, it tends to generate this sort of pattern and backlash. Transformers isn't Toy Story, and they aren't in the same room. Actors thrive on that interaction. Hugo Weaving wasn't even in the same country. They're money jobs, not passion projects.
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1:11PM on 10/18/2012

Wow! I agree with Michael Bay, this day just took a turn.

I see and understand the logic with Hugo Weaving and Paul Bettany. I will say that Weaving was just answering someone's question regarding the work with "Transformers", and he gave the most honest answer possible. Anyone watch the Oscars earlier this year when Chris Rock joked about making a million dollars for doing voice work for the "Madagascar" films. This method of making easy money isn't anything new. Which is why I love movies like "Rango" and "Polar Express" where you have actors
I see and understand the logic with Hugo Weaving and Paul Bettany. I will say that Weaving was just answering someone's question regarding the work with "Transformers", and he gave the most honest answer possible. Anyone watch the Oscars earlier this year when Chris Rock joked about making a million dollars for doing voice work for the "Madagascar" films. This method of making easy money isn't anything new. Which is why I love movies like "Rango" and "Polar Express" where you have actors actually performing the scene and not just voice over work. However, Michael Bay really makes a strong argue and I hate to say it, but he is right. However, Bay is also guilty of being greedy with money too. Side note: Did you know Alec Baldwin did his voice work over the phone for "Spongebob Square Pants: The Movie "? Talk about easy money.
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1:03PM on 10/18/2012
Bay is right. If the roles weren't right or good enough or not artistic enough, Bettany and Weaving shouldn't accept their voiceover jobs in the first place. They could easily turn them down. And then they complained after finishing the job? Okay, it sounds like complaining but I think partly they answered the question with honesty. Still, if the job weren't fulfilling or artistic enough or not their cup of tea, then why accepted the job?
Bay is right. If the roles weren't right or good enough or not artistic enough, Bettany and Weaving shouldn't accept their voiceover jobs in the first place. They could easily turn them down. And then they complained after finishing the job? Okay, it sounds like complaining but I think partly they answered the question with honesty. Still, if the job weren't fulfilling or artistic enough or not their cup of tea, then why accepted the job?
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1:01PM on 10/18/2012

I agree with Bay

Whining because you get paid massive amounts of money to do 2 hours of work in a movie that more people will see (and some line up for hours for) than anything else these guys have done in the past few years or in Bettany's case ever is irritating. It shows the real character of the actors which is unfortunate. I wonder if 9.5/10 of these guy's fans would be hugely disappointed when meeting them? Probably. That's the height of ungrateful and an eye opening glimpse into the tunnel vision
Whining because you get paid massive amounts of money to do 2 hours of work in a movie that more people will see (and some line up for hours for) than anything else these guys have done in the past few years or in Bettany's case ever is irritating. It shows the real character of the actors which is unfortunate. I wonder if 9.5/10 of these guy's fans would be hugely disappointed when meeting them? Probably. That's the height of ungrateful and an eye opening glimpse into the tunnel vision Hollywood is trapped in as a whole. This is why nobody should listen to Hollywood when it comes to politics.
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12:55PM on 10/18/2012
I'm on Bay's side. I hate when actors talk shit about a movie, just because it was a popcorn flick. They should stand up for the movie they worked on. I'm not a Transformers fan but I would respect the actors if they stood up for their movie. I would only agree with a bitchy actor if they felt the direction should go a certain way, but the studio forced the filmmakers to go the opposite. Now having said that, I think Paul Bettany was just kidding around and trying to paint a picture of how easy
I'm on Bay's side. I hate when actors talk shit about a movie, just because it was a popcorn flick. They should stand up for the movie they worked on. I'm not a Transformers fan but I would respect the actors if they stood up for their movie. I would only agree with a bitchy actor if they felt the direction should go a certain way, but the studio forced the filmmakers to go the opposite. Now having said that, I think Paul Bettany was just kidding around and trying to paint a picture of how easy his job was.
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1:28PM on 10/18/2012
An actor has to automatically stand up for a movie they were in? So an actor can't dislike a movie just because they were in it? Please.
An actor has to automatically stand up for a movie they were in? So an actor can't dislike a movie just because they were in it? Please.
12:55PM on 10/18/2012

What I'm really Sick of is...

NO...What I'm really sick of Mr. Bay is Filmmakers that make big budget films with no story just for a fucking paycheck...."Place green screen there, there, and there..No acting required, we'll fix it in post." IDIOT.
NO...What I'm really sick of Mr. Bay is Filmmakers that make big budget films with no story just for a fucking paycheck...."Place green screen there, there, and there..No acting required, we'll fix it in post." IDIOT.
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6:28PM on 10/18/2012
Seriously. Here's a guy who doesn't give a SHIT about his art trying to call these people out about admitting that there are occasions where they've also compromised their integrity. At least they're being honest! At least they're not hiring scabs to get around a writers strike!
Seriously. Here's a guy who doesn't give a SHIT about his art trying to call these people out about admitting that there are occasions where they've also compromised their integrity. At least they're being honest! At least they're not hiring scabs to get around a writers strike!
12:47PM on 10/18/2012
I can't condemn them for their feelings regarding voice over work. But I also think Bay deserves cudos regarding his "solution" of giving the money away to charity. Why not do that? At least then the actors could feel some sense of pride and joy in something they did not like doing originally.
I can't condemn them for their feelings regarding voice over work. But I also think Bay deserves cudos regarding his "solution" of giving the money away to charity. Why not do that? At least then the actors could feel some sense of pride and joy in something they did not like doing originally.
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12:43PM on 10/18/2012

I groaned initially upon reading the title

but you know what, he's actually got a point here I think.
but you know what, he's actually got a point here I think.
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12:41PM on 10/18/2012
Does not sound like they are complaining, sounds like they are answering a question honestly.
Does not sound like they are complaining, sounds like they are answering a question honestly.
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12:38PM on 10/18/2012

Love it

When Michael Bay has a beef, it's an opinion. But, when an actor has an opinion about their craft and the business, it's "whining". As a director myself who respects actors I can only say that these are not just "voiceover actors". This is Hugo Weaving and Paul Bettany. If you expect them to offer praise of any kind when you don't offer the complete script, just give them their lines and shove a bunch of money their way, then you're pretty delusional. But, then again, you'd have to be
When Michael Bay has a beef, it's an opinion. But, when an actor has an opinion about their craft and the business, it's "whining". As a director myself who respects actors I can only say that these are not just "voiceover actors". This is Hugo Weaving and Paul Bettany. If you expect them to offer praise of any kind when you don't offer the complete script, just give them their lines and shove a bunch of money their way, then you're pretty delusional. But, then again, you'd have to be delusional to think Transformers deserves three more sequels.
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9:24PM on 10/20/2012
Nice job of contradicting yourself lol
Nice job of contradicting yourself lol
12:37PM on 10/18/2012

Agree with Bay

As much as internet fanboys love to make Bay the Antichrist of film, he has a point. Both actors pretty much confessed they did it for the money. So, why act negatively towards it if you came in just for the fucking cash? Shut up and do you're job. If you aren't into it in the first place, don't fucking do it. I highly doubt either of these guys are strapped for cash.
As much as internet fanboys love to make Bay the Antichrist of film, he has a point. Both actors pretty much confessed they did it for the money. So, why act negatively towards it if you came in just for the fucking cash? Shut up and do you're job. If you aren't into it in the first place, don't fucking do it. I highly doubt either of these guys are strapped for cash.
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12:31PM on 10/18/2012

I didn't get the feeling they were complaining at all.

They were simply saying it's super easy and they don't have to be actively involved. If anything, they are praising voicework because they're talking about getting paid without having to care.
They were simply saying it's super easy and they don't have to be actively involved. If anything, they are praising voicework because they're talking about getting paid without having to care.
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