Michael Bay is directing Transformers 4 with a new cast and it looks like the man behind Megatron's menacing voice is definitely out.
The director is furious over comments that Cloud Atlas actor Hugo Weaving (most recognizable as Agent Smith in The Matrix) made during a recent interview.
When asked about his process for portraying Optimus Prime's arch nemesis in the three Bay blockbusters, he responded:
"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."
Despite that clarification at the end of his quote, the man who hired him for "$200,000" worth of voiceover work took it pretty personally.
In a post that quickly removed from his blog shortly after publishing it, Bay wrote:
"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 isn't '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 people in America."
Who knew Michael Bay was such a diva??? LOLz!
He proceeds to provide a link to an elephant rescue charity so that "whiners" can donate their "unhappy job money" to a wonderful cause. He'll "match the funds they donate", although it's kind of hard to do that now since the page with the link has been deleted.
[Image via WENN.]
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