Hugo Weaving and director Michael Bay won't be teaming up again anytime soon, following the Australian actor's very candid comments regarding his role in the multi-billion dollar Transformers franchise.
Weaving spoke openly to Collider.com about his lack of interest in providing the voice for chief villain Megatron in the three Transformers movies, directed by Bay.
"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..." Weaving told the industry website.
But now Bay has hit back, labelling Weaving a "grumbling thespian".
"Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voice-over 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?" Bay wrote on his blog, which he later deleted according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bay went on to write: "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."
Weaving has been promoting his new film Cloud Atlas, in which he plays six characters. Starring Tom Hanks, the film is being released in Australia in February.The Aussie actor will also soon star the three forthcoming Hobbit films, reprising his role from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out in Australia on Boxing Day.
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