Sorry, Michael Bay! You might have just deleted the hilarious rant you posted about “grumbling thespians” who worked on Transformers, but the Internet’s memory is eternal. “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?,” the director ranted on his website yesterday. Let’s see, the only time we complain about our jobs is when we have to post about Michael Bay, soooo still no.
Bay was seeming responding to comments made by Hugo Weaving earlier this week about the actor’s experience voicing the movie’s villainous Megatron. “In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless,” the Cloud Atlas star revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way.” Snarled Bay, “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?” Fair enough, but let’s look at what about Weavings’ experience actually made it “meaningless.”
First of all, he never actually met Bay, the director of the movie he was the villain for: “I have never met him. I was never on set. I’ve seen his face on Skype. I know nothing about him, really.” Second of all, Weaving never actually knew what the movie was even about: “I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don’t know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic!” Maybe Hugo didn’t really think of his role as important because the director acted as though his role was unimportant. As if that weren’t enough, Hugo Weaving is only one of many, many performers who have let slip that Michael Bay is kind of the worst to work for:
Megan Fox said working with Bay was like working for “Hitler,” so of course he fired her.
Shia LaBeouf says being in Transformers was like having “a finger up your a–,” and that the studio system prevents anyone from making a good movie. “You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he’s f—ed,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s no way for him to exist in that world.”
Chris O’Dowd later defended Megan Fox: “But who wouldn’t have a fallout with him? It’s one of the [most] sexist things I’ve ever seen. She called him an a–hole. Well, he is a fucking a–hole. She’s not the only one who has said that.”
Oh, and Tyrese says Michael Bay used to scream at him in public on set, soooooo.
All we’re saying is, even actors with “integrity” can call it like they see it, Mike. Keep that in mind for Transformers 4. Which is apparently is a thing that is happening.
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