Michael Bay Tells Whiny Actors He Will Match Donated Funds
“Transformers” director Michael Bay is sick and tired of actors like Megan Fox, Shia Labeouf, and now Hugo Weaving criticizing a film that made them buckets of cash.
In fact, he’s so frustrated that he released a statement asking them to donate some of the cash they made from the supposedly unworthy film to rescue elephants.
Bay wrote (and then deleted) an open letter. He said:
“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?
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.
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.”
His open letter came after actor Hugo Weaving, the voice of Megatron, said that he only did the film for a paycheck. Weaving had said about his role on Transformers, “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.”
Like Bay, we have a hard time feel bad for the actors. Maybe they’ll donate some funds. That would be a happy ending to this story.