Michael Bay blows up about ungrateful actors

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Michael Bay has been called a lot of things in his career. A lot of them by me. But if there’s one adjective I don’t think I’ve ever thrown his way, it’s subtle. He’s the Master of Bayhem for a reason.

So when Hugo Weaving came out earlier in the week and told Collider that he probably wasn’t going to voice Megatron again in the next chapter of Bay’s Transformers series because he didn’t care about it at all, Bay simply had to fire back.

First here’s a recap of what Weaving said a couple days ago:

“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… 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.”

In response to which Bay took to his blog, to lay the verbal smack down:

“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.”

Firstly, like I mentioned before, Weaving’s statement was made in an interview over at Collider. Not The Hollywood Reporter. But hey, we have about a decade’s worth of video “evidence” that already proves that Bay is not adverse to indiscriminate and wanton destruction. Secondly, I don’t even think Weaving was complaining about his job, so much as trying explain why he won’t be returning, but hey, see point 1.

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I just think that after being called a Nazi by Megan Fox, having Shia LeBeouf, the kid he turned into a superstar, issue a public apology to fans for how crap Transformers 2 was (he was 100% right though) and saying that he would never make a movie like that again as it’s killing artistic vision and now this, Michael Bay has just had enough. He’s reached his limit. In true Michael Effing Bay fashion, he’s about to explode.

Last Updated: October 19, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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