Hugo Weaving wasn’t too excited about his roles in Captain America and TransformersPosted 1:31 pm on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
Hugo Weaving has been on a roll recently with letting us know how he really feels about his contributions to Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger and Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy. In an interview with Collider, he mentions that his roles in both Captain America and Transformers weren’t really his cup of tea.
For Captain America, Weaving says that playing the Red Skull didn’t really excite him.
“I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”
Weaving told Collider that his role as Megatron in Transformers felt meaningless.
“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.”
Oh snap! Them fighting words! Kidding aside, I understand where he’s coming from. As a voice actor, you sometimes don’t get the full understanding of a character. Doing voice work for a couple of hours won’t really get your head wrapped around in a character. It seems like Michael Bay wasn’t too pleased with Weaving’s comments about his beloved Transformers franchise. On his official site, he had a thing or two to say about Weaving’s “whining.”
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.