Transformers Director, Michael Bay, has publicly announced his zero tolerance for actors who complain about their jobs and salaries. He stated, “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?”
After having replaced Megan Fox for the third Transformers movie due to her public complaints, Bay’s latest backlash comes after comments made by actor Hugo Weaving (the voice of Megatron). Weaving claimed in an interview, published by Collider, that:
“Michael Bay talks to me on the phone. I’ve never met him. We were doing the voice for the second one and I still hadn’t seen the first one. I still didn’t really know who the characters were and I didn’t know what anything was. It’s a voice job …”.
In addition, Weaver later stated
“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. 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. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things.”
Bay has an idea for industry whiners and that is “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”.
Can you imagine being paid a 6-figure salary for a few hours work? It now appears that, contradictory to his comments, Weaver may have in fact taken the role so seriously that he has forgotten to get out character?!