Days after Hugo Weaving described his role in "Transformers" as "meaningless," action movie director Michael Bay has lashed out at the voice-over star and, apparently, every other main actor on his hit film franchise.
In an open letter that has since been removed from his website, Bay collectively branded those who have complained about his lucrative franchise as "whiners."
"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?" he wrote, according to Vulture, which reprinted the letter after it was deleted from Bay's site. "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."
Bay penned the missive after Collider published an interview with Weaving, who voiced Megatron in all three "Transformers" films, in which he claimed he regretted taking part in a "meaningless" experience in which he never even met Bay in person (only on Skype).
Hugo Weaving, Shia LaBeouf, and Megan Fox. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images, Mathis Wienand/Getty Images, Charles Es …
"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," he said. "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."
Weaving's comments come five months after "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf told the Hollywood Reporter that he had quit the blockbuster movie scene because "there's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist."
And it's hard to forget Megan Fox being unceremoniously booted from the franchise in 2010 after comparing Bay to Hitler. She was later replaced by British model Rose Huntington-Whiteley in the third "Transformers" installment, "Dark of the Moon."
"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'?" Bay wrote in his open letter. "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."