“It was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it,” said Weaving. “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.”
Never one to let a perceived slight go unanswered, Michael Bay has since taken to his blog to give Weaving some back, criticising him for taking the paycheque if the film was so awful.
“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?” muses Bay.
“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’? I guess The Hollywood Reporter thinks so.
“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.
“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.”
UPDATE: Bay has since removed the comments from his blog.