Hugo Weaving on Being the Voice of Megatron

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In a recent interview with Collider, Hugo Weaving, the voice of Megatron in the live action Movie series, has revealed how he very nearly turned down the role and how he felt about being the leader of the Decepticons. In a frank and honest response, he reveals that he in fact never went on set and has never met Michael Bay – he had minimal involvement in the project. He goes on to say while he does not regret doing the role, he regrets doing something he felt was meaningless (though he does not mean that in a nasty way).


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here which also talks about Weaving’s role in The Hobbit and Captain America.

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  1. eagc7's Avatar eagc7 says

    Hugo Weaving Talks THE HOBBIT, TRANSFORMERS, and Returning for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Sequel | Collider

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    As the voice of Megatron, has Michael Bay called about the next Transformers movie yet?

    WEAVING: No. Thats a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didnt have time, anyway. It was one of the only things Ive ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didnt care about it, I didnt think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I dont regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if its meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I dont mean that in any nasty way. I did it. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things. Of course, its a massive film thats made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainess characters. But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him. I was never on set. Ive 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 dont know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! Ive never done anything like that, in my life. Its hard to say any more about it than that, really.

  2. Matty's Avatar Matty says

    I believe we've seen or heard about this from a past interview ... not too shocking.

  3. Gryph's Avatar Gryph says

    It's not any kind of surprise. It would have been like that for pretty much anyone. Megatron barely had any lines throughout all 3 movies.

  4. SPLIT LIP's Avatar SPLIT LIP says

    Nothing really new here. I didn't really expect him to return myself.

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    Originally Posted by Gryph View Post
    It's not any kind of surprise. It would have been like that for pretty much anyone. Megatron barely had any lines throughout all 3 movies.
    That's actually how it is with a lot of voice acting gigs, especially VA parts in live-action movies.

  5. megatroptimus's Avatar megatroptimus says

    It's fun to see how Bay hired a guy who doesn't care instead of Welker...

  6. SPLIT LIP's Avatar SPLIT LIP says

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    Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
    It's fun to see how Bay hired a guy who doesn't care instead of Welker...
    And yet he still pulled in a better performance.

  7. megatroptimus's Avatar megatroptimus says

    You know nothing about that, Welker never did it. Weaving's Megatron is very, very generic.

  8. FatalT 71's Avatar FatalT 71 says

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    Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
    It's fun to see how Bay hired a guy who doesn't care instead of Welker...
    Yep.

    Megatron was essentially phoned in.

    What a joke...

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    Originally Posted by SPLIT LIP View Post
    And yet he still pulled in a better performance.
    Not necessarily. Given the chance, who knows what a talent like Welker, who has an affinity and connection to the character, might have pulled off? It didn't have to be the G1 voice, necessarily.

  9. Lbsammills51's Avatar Lbsammills51 says

    As posted above, hardly surprising in any way, but it is both darkly hilarious and (for the fandom, to a degree) a little disheartening to read this each time he talks about Megs/Transformers in an interview.

    All that said, I'd be interested in him doing Megs again in some fashion, be it in flashback sequences during future films or in other Transformers media. I do enjoy Frank Welker and have loved his voice acting on Prime, but I did like what Hugo Weaving did and am welcome to his returning in some fashion as Megs or another character somehow.

  10. SPLIT LIP's Avatar SPLIT LIP says

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    Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
    You know nothing about that, Welker never did it.
    He did it in the games. And he has his Megatron-falling-asleep voice in Prime.

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    Weaving's Megatron is very, very generic.
    Maybe in the first movie where they deepened it to the extreme, but not in 2 and 3. Unless by generic you mean "finally a good Megatron voice that wasn't David Kaye" then yes.

    The thing is, while we the fandom may be hinging on every dicision and whatnot, we're always the ones who care the most. For the majority of people in the business it's just a job, plain and simple.

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    Originally Posted by FatalT 71 View Post
    Megatron was essentially phoned in.
    Skyped in, actually.

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    Given the chance, who knows what a talent like Welker, who has an affinity and connection to the character, might have pulled off?
    Who gives a shit? All is said and done and we already got a great voice for the movie. Just because it's reveaed after the fact that his VA didn't give a damn doesn't change the fact that it was good.

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    It didn't have to be the G1 voice, necessarily.
    Then why bother with him anyway?

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