Hugo Weaving, known for “The Matrix” trilogy, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and now the “Hobbit” trilogy, seems to have a thing about doing movies in three’s. He was also the voice of the villainous Megatron in Michael Bay’s “Transformers” trilogy. So what are the chances of Weaving returning to voice Megatron in Bay’s upcoming “Transformers 4”, already scheduled for 2014? Not very good, as it turns out.
In the same interview with Collider where he mentioned that his Red Skull probably won’t be returning to “Captain America” (and even if the character did, then he probably wasn’t coming back cause, well, he just doesn’t want to), Weaving also kicked some dirt in the face of the “Transformers” franchise. In particular, Weaving did not have fond movies of his “role” in the films, mostly because, well, he just doesn’t care, apparently:
That’s a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didn’t have time, anyway. It was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless. 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. 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. But, 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! I’ve never done anything like that, in my life. It’s hard to say any more about it than that, really.
Damn, Hugo, tell us how you really feel!
Although it’s amusing that he never even met Bay in person while doing the three “Transformers” films. You’d think a director might want to meet the actor who is giving voice to a major character in his movies, but apparently not. Weaving’s entire work on the trilogy involved tww hours in a studio reading lines and collecting a nice paycheck. Not bad work if you can get’em, I suppose.
Weaving has “Cloud Atlas” from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer up next. Let’s hope his work on that sci-fi film was a lot more satisfying, otherwise he might be taking aim at “Cloud Atlas” in a few years, too…
Speaking of “Transformers 4”, SpoilerTV thinks they know who will be the film’s new leads:
The new female lead that they are looking for is a high school senior and her boyfriend a Texas racing driver.
“A Texas racing driver”? So he’s a driver that races around the great state of Texas? Apparently.
One thing’s for sure, whoever they cast as the “high school senior”, she’ll definitely be good with cars. Or at least, er, look good around one…