Hugo Weaving Hurt Michael Bay’s Feelings

October 18th, 2012 // 51 Comments
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“No, I vill not vash your Verrari. And stop lookzing zat my tits.”

Seen here going completely method for Captain America, Hugo Weaving gave an awesomely candid interview with Collider this week where he talks about not really being creatively invested in Transformers and was honestly just surprised at making a ridiculous amount of money just to walk into a room and say a bunch of lines for two hours:

That’s a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didn’t have time, anyway. 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. Of course, it’s a massive film that’s made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainous characters. But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him. I was never on set. I’ve seen his face on Skype. I know nothing about him, really. I just went in and did it. I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don’t know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! I’ve never done anything like that, in my life. It’s hard to say any more about it than that, really.

Considering both Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox have shat on the franchise, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that Michael Bay took time away from making an entire Hooters wait staff simonize his Porsche to throw a hissy fit on his blog:

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 wasn’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 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. It’s the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. I will match the funds they donate.
Michael Bay

“Dude, fuck all these actors who don’t give a shit that there people are out there who can’t even find work. It’s called unemployment, bro, Google it. Now let’s make a difference by giving a bunch money to elephants.” – What Michael Bay literally just proposed.

But, seriously, if Michael Bay wants to Internet with the big dawgs, he would’ve taken the time to find out that Hugo Weaving has epilepsy and said something like, “I dunno, the whole thing sounds shaky to me.” Which is exactly what I would’ve done, before leaning back in my chair and putting my hands behind my head as the money rolls in. This ain’t yo’ mama’s house, Splosion Man.

h/t Filmdrunk

Photos: Bauer-Griffin, Pacific Coast News


  1. Help

    Shit, I’m actually with Michael Bay here. They’re throwing money at you to read off a script. You don’t even have to get dressed in the morning. If it’s not fulfilling enough for you, let someone else do it.

  2. EricLr

    It doesn’t sound to me like Weaving was complaining, just being candid and honest. A lot of actors take paycheck work that doesn’t mean much to them. He’s just admitting it.

    It’s not like any actor in a Michael Bay movie is really invested in it as a highlight of their career. You get paid and hope it doesn’t haunt your career too much. Hardly any revelation there.

  3. Archie Leach

    I watched Megan Fox’s butt but the michaelbay-blowing-shit-up mesmerized me to sleep.

    That’s how craptacular the shitty tranformers “movies” are.

  4. SD

    What a fucking idiot. He was asked a fucking question and be answered honestly. Go suck an explosions cock, Bay.

  5. “I didn’t even shoot my own scenes. I had my cousing Dave Prime fill in for me and they CGI’d him to look like me. Normally he’s a 1974 Ford Econoline van.” –Optimus Prime

  6. Troll's Nighmare

    I thought Bay was gonna suggest to donate to a Nigerian King. (He did and not only helped a good cause but made a new friend.)

  7. Bay should reread Hugo Weaving’s answer. It seems he was almost guilty for being paid whatever it was for doing something of such little worth to himself. As in if he dedicates some time to Being Elrond in LOtR or Agent Smith in the Matrix, where he has invested effort, skill and time to somewhat warrant his payment.

  8. Deacon Jones

    Im still looking at those hooker pics. That girl’s got a great body, but her face is rough.

  9. I don’t see whining or complaining here. I see a respected actor being completely honest: I merely showed up and read the lines that were given to me out of context. I had no emotional investment in the movies. Seriously, how can you have emotional investment in a movie when your part consists entirely of sitting in a recording studio just reading what amounts to random lines into a microphone? And where exactly did he shit on Transformers up there?

    Also, keep in mind, they wanted him for the role. Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox must have been on their knees for their roles (go ahead, finish that thought) and owe their careers to Transformers, but Weaving sure as hell doesn’t—Agent Smith, Elrond, V (for Vendetta), and maybe now this Cloud Atlas thing. So it’s not like he’s beholden to Michael Bay and this is some form of ingratitude. But Bay just has to get butthurt over every little thing.

    • Archie Leach

      Megan Fox has a movie career?

    • Goddamn, TomFrank, that’s perfect – kudos.

      It’s really amazing – Bay has a motherfucking nerve to trying to crank up jealousy by throwing that “overpaid celebrity” card at Weaving when he’s the most egregious offender of all. At least Weaving can act, and is honest that he got handsomely paid for a job that required no emotional investment, which is a fuck of a lot more than Bay can ever claim – although he’s probably do it with a straight face because he’s a truly self-important, delusional arsehole. The extremely sad fact that the gig DID NOT require any emotional investment on Weaving’s part, and his phoning it in had no discernable impact on the rancid POS franchise one way or the other, is pretty sad – and it’s what Bay is desperately trying to distract from here.

      What a fucking pussy. All I can hope is that Bay gets soundly trampled by an elephant and finds out what true whining really sounds like.

  10. loeber

    Who is a Tansformer?
    What is a Hugo Weaving?

  11. That charity is just a secret Micheal Bay slush fund set up for him to practice blowing up elephants out of the reach of PETA.

  12. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    I smell flowers.

    now that’s the way you should make commercials.

  13. Techman

    I never had any idea that he did a voice in Transformers. But If Michael Bay is looking for someone who’ll do voiceovers and really appreciate the money, I’m always available. :)

  14. GZ

    Never would have even know that was Hugo Weaving as Megatron if I didnt just look it up after reading this.

  15. Colin

    The funny thing is, Michael Bay goes off about Hugo Weaving “complaining” about the work, and the real insult goes right over his head. Weaving said that he still had no idea what the context was for his lines, meaning that Bay’s movies are so terrible, he couldn’t be bothered to even SEE the movie that he was IN.

  16. “This ain’t yo’ mama’s house, Splosion Man.”

    Let it be known that from this day forward, “Michael Bay” shall be called “Splosion Man”.

    All in favor say “aye”.

  17. Cock Dr

    How dare Mr Weaving speak of the towering artistic achievement that is the Transformers franchise without the proper respect and admiration that it so demands?*
    *Full disclosure…I’ve never watched a second of those crap movies and Michael Bay seems like an oversensitive douche.

  18. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    Damn. I’d give my right nut to be a big time Hollywood movie director.

    - Jamie Lee Curtis

  19. JugleRed

    Why can’t Michael Bay walk off a pier?

  20. El Jefe

    I loved Hugo Weaving before, he is now my hero.

  21. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    here’s lookin’ at ya, kid. and i mean that.

  22. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    ok, what is this contraption, and how do I get it to make pictures of this broad’s vagina?

  23. pavement_smear

    Hey Bay, want to to know what I get sick of? Self-obsessed directors who make $100′s of millions for crappy regurgitated movies with insipid plots, re-using old CGI and humiliating their actresses while whining about how much actors whine about him, and complaining THEY are the ones that are overpaid. What happened to people who had integrity? Their souls died while washing your car, you perv.

  24. The Royal Penis

    It’s so funny that on one hand Bay is sticking up for the unemployed…and then ends with “donate to elephants”…LMAO!

    The sanctimonious stench wafting around both these douchebags is a bit much to take in, even for an umployed pig farmer like myself.

  25. Does Michael Bay actually think people take his work seriously? He’s the hack director studios hire to churn out those mindless summer blockbuster movies that make millions of dollars, but are nothing more than eye candy for the public and masturbatory material for Bay and the studio execs.

  26. duder

    Bay’s inability to write or, apparently, read explains his ridiculous reaction to those innocuous remarks. The matrix has you, Bay-bitch.

  27. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    This never gets old.

  28. Piper

    You know, they could be unemployed elephants.

  29. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    Best way to let one rip in a crowded area without them suspecting.

  30. And of course Michael Bay was the one who prevented a willing early twenties Scarlett Johansson from showing her tits in “The Island” I can never forgive him for that.

  31. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    And the best part is there not a single disgusting tattoo on any of these women.

    • Ripley's Believe It Or Not

      Amen to that. No retarded lower back tatt to distract the lucky SOB who gets to do them doggy style.

  32. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
    Mr. Poop
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    id take the one in the middle, nice and creamy

  33. martian

    do you want interviews to be interesting or do you prefere people always telling the same clichè answer over and over?
    michael bay is making much a do about nothing: hugo just told the simple truth. he got paid 200.000 dollars for a two hour voice job: he is happy with that but – obviously – such kind of job does not get you involved in the movie. period. why bay must play the offended? hugo did not offended anyone. Michael Bay: fuck you, since you’re the richest guy paid to do the shittiest movies ever.

  34. WashThis!

    I forced myself to watch Transformers 3 the other day since it was free on Amazon Prime. Bay should be thanking everyone…EVERYONE who helps him make these films and HE SHOULD BE THE ONE TO SIMPLY SMILE WHEN THEY BADMOUTH >HIM

  35. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    by itself should be able to usher in world peace. It just doesnt get more perfect than that.

  36. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    Es imposible verla asi y no soñar con darle por atras, sentir ese culito tan firme y estrechito…

  37. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    Any man who say they wouldn’t put his nose all up in there is liar!!!

    • crb

      And there would be nothing but peppermints and jujubees and lemondrops in there; they don’t call her “Candy” for nothing.

  38. Candice Swanepoel Behati Prinsloo Ana Beatriz Barros Underwear Victorias Secret
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    Michael Bay’s Instagram?

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