Hugo Weaving is busy burning bridges between himself and his more superficial film roles. The Australian actor recently said that he wouldn’t care to reprise his role as “Red Skull” in any Marvel follow-up from his turn in Captain America: The First Avenger, and now he’s saying that he didn’t bother to prepare for his role as “Megatron” in the Transformers franchise, calling the role “meaningless.”
Despite the ambiguity regarding the demise of The Red Skull, Weaving has ruled out a future appearance as the character (even though Marvel could one-line fix his resurrection with relatively little effort). Though he’s not interested in donning a red latex mask for Marvel anymore, he seemed relativly pleased with the role in general.
“I’m glad I did it,” Weaving told Collider. “I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by.”
Weaving feels much less generous about his role as Megatron in the Transformers series of films, and seems quite relieved that his characters has been killed off for good. Speaking of the role, Weaving confessed:
“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. In one way, I regret that bit. 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. Of course, it’s a massive film that’s made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainous characters.”
Weaving also admitted his little-to-no preparation going into Transformers, and the interesting fact that he never even met director Michael Bay:
“I have never met him. I was never on set. I’ve seen his face on Skype. I know nothing about him, really. 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. That sounds absolutely pathetic! I’ve never done anything like that, in my life. It’s hard to say any more about it than that, really.”
No matter. Hugo Weaving has a lot on his plate anyway what with another turn as Elrond in The Hobbit, and a central role in the upcoming Wachowski film Cloud Atlas. He really doesn’t need to worry about commitments to Marvel or Hasbro (though it would be nice to see him as Red Skull again).
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