It’s well known that actors enjoy voice work. In exchange for their name and a few hours in a sound booth they receive a nice tidy sum that goes straight into their bank account. They don’t have to spend hours in costume and make-up, and if Hugo Weaving’s experience is anything to go by, they don’t even have to deal with directors. Not in person anyway.
Weaving spoke to The Age recently about his work on the Transformers franchise voicing Megatron, and he was surprisingly honest about how little interest he has in the films:
“Oh no,” he barks with a laugh. “They’re not making Transformers III, are they?” Given that Transformers II made $800 million, they’re probably going to have to.
“[Director] Michael Bay talks to me on the phone. I’ve never met him. We were doing the voice for the second one and I still hadn’t seen the first one. I still didn’t really know who the characters were and I didn’t know what anything was. It’s a voice job, for sure, and people assume I’ve spent my life working on it, but I really know so little about it.”
I suppose it’s not written in his contract that he has to see the films. Big films with big explosions probably aren’t his thing, although if I were him I’d see the films simply out of curiosity.
From what I remember Megatron was still around at the end of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, so Weaving and his vocal cords will probably be required for Transformers 3, which begins filming in June.