It’s rare that anyone agrees with Michael Bay (other than money-hungry studio executives, perhaps). The film director is despised by audiences for producing effects-heavy action films with way more style than substance, though he keeps getting work because there are apparently plenty of people willing to pay for the pulp he produces. When Bay starts talking about turning a beloved franchise into a film, it’s time for fans of that franchise to panic.
Even the stars of Bay’s movies seem to hate him. Megan Fox was fired from Bay’s Transformers franchise after she publicly compared the director to Hitler, Shia LeBeouf quit because he wants to make “visionary” movies and Hugo Weaving said that the experience of doing Megatron’s voice was “meaningless.”
Bay recently spoke out against the trio of actors, calling them “whiners,” and, frankly, he’s not wrong in his opinion.
Bay posted an open letter to his website in which he addressed those who have complained about their roles in producing the poorly-received yet tremendously lucrative Transformers trilogy. He later deleted the letter, but Vulture grabbed it and reprinted it.
In the letter, Bay calls out the actors for their whining and complaining:
“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?” Bay writes. “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.”
He added: “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’?”
“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.”
Bay is right that it’s absurd for an actor like Weaving to feel that he somehow has a right to complain about getting paid $200,000 for less than two hours of easy voice-over work–work that he agreed to take!
Though it’s doubtful his letter will have a significant impact on Bay’s negative image among movie audiences, it does cast him in a slightly more sympathetic light (and it helps prove that he actually is more than a brain-dead explosion addict).