It didn't take too long for Michael Bay to fire back at Hugo Weaving's recent cynical comment on his work in the "Transformers" film series. Calling his stint as the voicer of Megatron "meaningless", Weaving also claimed that he's never even met Bay when working for the autobot war movie franchise. Responding to the comment, Bay stated that he actually got "sick" by the actor.
"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?" so the L.A.-born helmer wrote on his blog without mentioning Weaving's name.
"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."
The "Pearl Harbor" filmmaker went on claiming, "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."
In a recent interview with Collider, Weaving did mention that he didn't want to return to voice Megatron because it was a "weird job" for him. "I don't regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it's meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly," he said.
"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. Of course, it's a massive film that's made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainous characters."
Of Michael Bay, the actor said, "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. That sounds absolutely pathetic!"
Bay will return to direct "Transformers 4", which is slated for a June 27, 2014 release in the United States.