Although he’s most famous for his quick cutting style and fondness for elaborate explosions, perhaps Michael Bay’s greatest talent is his ability to get actors to work with him who eventually say dismissive things about him and his movies behind his back during press interviews. First Megan Fox compared him to Hitler, then Shia LaBeouf trashed Revenge of the Fallen, and now Hugo Weaving has expressed some reservations about Dark of the Moon.
In an interview with Collider, Weaving had this to say of his voice-over work in the third Transformers movie: “I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly.” He then added, “I don’t mean that in any nasty way.”
And here’s how Michael Bay responded on his 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’? 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.”