Michael Bay Afraid To Ask Cousin Spock To Voice The Fallen

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:16 pm,

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comes out on the 24th of June but there’s still quite a lot of work that needs to be done to finish it off, including the voice overs of the Transformers characters for which Bay describes as “still not done”.

This is by no means a major news item but it sure is interesting. At least one of the characters needing a voice is the title character of The Fallen where actor Leonard Nimoy is reportedly desired to fill the role. Transformers and Star Trek Writer, Roberto Orci, wrote on the Don Murphy (a producer for the Transformers movies) forums last month that he talked to Nimoy about it but reminded fans to not to get their hopes up.

MTV spoke with director Michael Bay and asked if the Star Trek actor would be among the voice cast:

“You know, he’s related to me… And now that you are filming this, maybe you can send it to him.”

Laughing during the response, Bay went on to explain his hesitance at popping the big question (yes, to some, this is more important than marriage).

“[Nimoy] is married to Susan Bay, who’s a cousin to me… I just feel kind of bad about asking him. Like ‘I can’t pay you that much? But would you do this voice?’”

Bay explains that he doesn’t want to insult the family member by presenting him with a lowball offer because of his very limited budget allocated to compensating the voice cast.

I completely understand not wanting to disrespect the man with an unworthy offer but I’m a little surprised that money is an issue for this. How much profit did the first film make and what are their projections for Revenge of the Fallen? Can they actually not acquire the funds to pay these folks properly and if Nimoy wants in, can they not pay him? Have they even asked Nimoy?

Nimoy apparently told Bay’s mom that he’s interested. Weird, I know. MTV asked Bay about this and he explained that him and Spock have a family member to relay communications between them and that Nimoy told his mom that he “might do it.”

As laughable as this situation is (and this is kind of a big joke), this is a no-brainer for me and I can’t comprehend why this is such a difficulty if they know they want him to fill the part. Nimoy voiced Galvatron in the original 1986 cartoon film, he’s related to Bay, has shown interest in the part and he has a big summer this year with his iconic role in Star Trek.

I think it’d be cool to hear his voice in the movie but either way, they better decide fast who’s playing the part.

Would you like to see Nimoy play another part in the Transformers franchise? Is this situation ridiculous?

Sources: MTV, Tformers

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  1. This entire thing sounds so very childish.

  2. Nimoy as “the fallen”? OF COURSE, that would be just great.

    maybe “the fallen” isnt gonna have much screen time, so maybe thats why.

  3. I love Leonard Nimoy and I love his voice, so I don’t want to sound entirely too negative, but… who gives a damn who’s going to voice any of the robots? Bay and his sound designer are just going to over-process it until it’s indistinguishable from any other robot voice.

    I was disappointed when I learned Frank Welker wasn’t going to voice Megatron in the first movie… until I read that Hugo Weaving got the job. And I went right back to being disappointed when I actually HEARD the voice and thought, “wow, that sounds exactly like Starscream and Barricade and… is Beachcomber in this? because he probably sounds like Beachcomber too.” Bay may as well have just used the scratch track voices in the final the way Pixar does occasionally. That’s budget-conscious filmmaking right there.

    My thought is if you want to hire good actors to be voices in your movie, let more of their performance shine through the “awesome” grunge effect your sound designer stumbled upon in Garage Band.

  4. hamlet3k gotta agree with ya. The voices really don’t matter. More than likely you wont even notice the voices or you will have to strain to hear them.

    Also it should be noted no matter who does the voices it’s still gonna be a sequal to a craptastic film. So really who cares?

  5. I hope Nimoy adds his voice to the film.

  6. Very laughable. I’d like to see (or hear rather) Nimoy do the voice, but it’s not overly important.

  7. I was excited at the idea of Nimoy voicing one of the Transmorphers, then hamlet3k reminded me I was excited to hear Hugo Weaving, too. And we know how that turned out.

    Now I couldn’t care less.

  8. Would you even know it was him? I mean I had no idea Huge Weaving was Megatron.

  9. *bows* My work here is done. Kids, don’t eat bears.

  10. Shows the level of focus they have in bringing the Transformers to life when the people paid to voice them get rushed in at the end for less money.
    Although I’m sure proper voice actors would jump at the chance. I really wish they’d get more work, and not stars who cost more and achieve less.

    In saying that, Nimoy would be cool.
    Get him to say ‘Here’s a hint’ and then blow something up!

  11. Apparently you are not G1 transformers fans, Nimoy did a voice over in the G1 Transformers the Movie (Galvetron) so this isn’t exactly a new concept to be mulled over