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Hugo Weaving on “Transformers 4”: “Leave that one up to if and when it happens”

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Even though “Transformers 4” will be Michael Bay‘s last “Transformers” film, it’s not going to have much to do with the three movie that came before it. The original cast of the series aren’t returning and even leading man Shia LaBeouf says he’s done for good. Bay has come out and said that the focus of “Transformers 4” will be on its titular robots in disguise instead of their human allies, so the real question is which of the voice talents in the first three movies will be back for more.

IFC recently had the chance to speak with Hugo Weaving while he was promoting his Australian indie “Last Ride,” and we couldn’t resist talking to him about the upcoming “Transformers” movie. Unlike in most of the other “Transformers” films, TV shows, games and theme park rides, Weaving voices evil Decepticon Megatron instead of Frank Welker. Since he is such a major character in the “Transformers” universe and likely will return in this new project, we asked Weaving whether he thinks he’ll be back for more voice work. His disinterest in the film franchise genuinely surprised us.

“I only meet Michael when we’re doing the voice work, so look, I just leave that one up to if and when it happens,” he said. “That’s the weirdest project for me because it’s the thing I’m most distanced from in a way. That’s the one that’s more like a job for me, in a way. It’s an odd one. Look, we’ll just see what happens.”

Considering the fact that Ehren Kruger is currently hard at work on a “Transformers 4” script, it’s not much of a surprise that Weaving hasn’t heard anything from Bay about working on the project. And even when he does, the role probably only requires a few days of voice work. But it’s always been interesting that Bay chose Weaving over Welker for the part, and maybe there’s a chance the voice work will go back to Welker in the future. If Weaving really doesn’t care about it, he probably won’t want to continue with the franchise once it is given to a new director for future films.

In a recent interview, Bay teased that “Transformers 4” could send the Autobots and Decepticons into outer space or, more specifically, to their home planet of Cybertron. He also acknowledged that he’s going to try his best to make “Transformers 4” much better (and more cohesive) than “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was.

“It’s not a reboot,” Bay said of the new movie. “That’s maybe the wrong word. I don’t want to say ‘reboot’ because then people will think we’re doing a ‘Spider-Man’ and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts… We’re moving on to something different.”

Is it important to you that Weaving come back and voice Megatron? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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