Irritated by Hugo Weaving‘s lack of regard for the Transformers movies, Michael Bay has chimed in on his always-entertaining website:
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”? [...] 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.
Even when he’s being charitable, Michael Bay finds a way to seem like an ass. The problem here is that the quotes from Weaving regarding Megatron were misread. He wasn’t complaining about the job so much, he was speaking more to the point that he did the project for the money and feels bad about that. Not a criticism to the quality of the work, they just apparantly aren’t Weaving’s bag.
To make Bay’s stab at being a non-cock all the more cockish, Weaving is well-known to contribute to various charities. One of which is the ironically-named animal welfare group, Voiceless. So, yeah. You’re going to have to match those now, Michael Bay. Please let us all know when you do. (THR)