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Weaving is Megatron

03.26.2007
There's been major speculation on who will voice Megatron in Michael Bay's big-screen update of TRANSFORMERS. We all know that Peter Cullen is returning from the original series to reprise his role as the vocal chords of Optimus Prime, so it only makes sense to go a similar route with Megatron, right? That was the original plan, as Frank Welker was set to return as the voice of the Decepticon leader, but then in January Hugo Weaving was suddenly thrown into the mix, and it's been back and forth ever since.

Did Frank Welker really stand a chance against Weaving? The original voice of Megatron is more badass than anything I ever hope to achieve, but you're in summer blockbuster territory sir, and you're up against Agent Smith, against V, against Elrond. So with that, IESB is reporting that Weaving has finally been confirmed as the voice of Megatron. Many of you will be no doubt disappointed that Cullen and Welker won't be doing vocal battle once again, but you have to admit that Weaving is a solid choice.

Anyone who saw V FOR VENDETTA has witnessed the imposing nature of Weaving's voice, and I'll be damned if his "Mr. Anderson" hasn't already achieved iconic status. True, Welker's Megatron will be missed, but he also provided the voices for Soundwave and Galvatron in the series, so chances are he'll show up in some form or another. TRANSFORMERS will transform you this Independence Day (that's July 4th for all you non-patriots).

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Extra Tidbit: Frank Welker has done over 1,200 voices in film, television and video games, and is referred to as a "voice acting god" on the DVD commentary for Futurama.
Source: IESB

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5:24PM on 03/26/2007
Matrix Trilogy, V and LOTR. Yay, one trilogy sucked, another swallowed and V was just flat out horrible.
Matrix Trilogy, V and LOTR. Yay, one trilogy sucked, another swallowed and V was just flat out horrible.
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4:31PM on 03/26/2007
Okay, I'm definitely disappointed that Welker isn't doing it, but Weaving is definitely a lot more menacing, even when he's a good guy (V and Elrond). That said, I remember Welker more as Slimer from Ghostbusters than Megatron....sorry.
Okay, I'm definitely disappointed that Welker isn't doing it, but Weaving is definitely a lot more menacing, even when he's a good guy (V and Elrond). That said, I remember Welker more as Slimer from Ghostbusters than Megatron....sorry.
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2:56PM on 03/26/2007

brilliant

I give Welker all the props in the world for being a deserved Voice Legend, but this news is too intriguing to be dismissed. Weaving just drips Menace. I could listen to the man read the back of a cheerios box. This is just more reason to be excited for this movie
I give Welker all the props in the world for being a deserved Voice Legend, but this news is too intriguing to be dismissed. Weaving just drips Menace. I could listen to the man read the back of a cheerios box. This is just more reason to be excited for this movie
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1:38PM on 03/26/2007

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Complete And Utter Bull... This is one of the things i was really really waiting to see... The Original Voice Was Awesome
Complete And Utter Bull... This is one of the things i was really really waiting to see... The Original Voice Was Awesome
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12:35PM on 03/26/2007

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In the cartoon, Welker's voice was enhanced by that computerish background noise anyway - it wasn't a great original voice so I don't see it as any big loss.
In the cartoon, Welker's voice was enhanced by that computerish background noise anyway - it wasn't a great original voice so I don't see it as any big loss.
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7:06AM on 03/26/2007
I don't understand the point of casting recognizable actors in roles like this. Especially someone like Weaving whose voice is unmistakable. How can you sit back and expect to see the character, when all that goes through your head is every other role he's done? People are going to hear the actor and not the character. This is yet another nail in the coffin of yet another piece of crap Bay film.
I don't understand the point of casting recognizable actors in roles like this. Especially someone like Weaving whose voice is unmistakable. How can you sit back and expect to see the character, when all that goes through your head is every other role he's done? People are going to hear the actor and not the character. This is yet another nail in the coffin of yet another piece of crap Bay film.
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2:53AM on 03/26/2007
Love Weaving and all, but Welker is like the king of king in the voice acting world. I mean, how would you feel if Fox had decided the Simpsons movie should have more recognizable actors and all the sudden Smithers was played by Sean Hayes? Weaving rocks, but still.
Love Weaving and all, but Welker is like the king of king in the voice acting world. I mean, how would you feel if Fox had decided the Simpsons movie should have more recognizable actors and all the sudden Smithers was played by Sean Hayes? Weaving rocks, but still.
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2:16AM on 03/26/2007

Finally

finally some good news about this movie. I recently got a chance to watch some Transformers reruns... I have to say...one of the things that didnt hold up was Megatrons voice. It wasn't menacing at all. Optimus' was always perfect so I'm glad they're going with Weaving. I still doubt I'll see it, but still
finally some good news about this movie. I recently got a chance to watch some Transformers reruns... I have to say...one of the things that didnt hold up was Megatrons voice. It wasn't menacing at all. Optimus' was always perfect so I'm glad they're going with Weaving. I still doubt I'll see it, but still
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1:07AM on 03/26/2007
Works for me! Welcome to Transformers, Hugo.

Here's hoping Welker gets re-cast as Soundwave when he appears in the sequel!
Works for me! Welcome to Transformers, Hugo.

Here's hoping Welker gets re-cast as Soundwave when he appears in the sequel!
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