With the final instalment of The Hobbit only weeks away, I thought it'd be the perfect time to review Hugo Weaving's 5 greatest and most memorable cinematic roles. He's an incredible character actor and one of the most notable villains to ever grace the screen. Without further ado, let's get stuck into it.
5 - V in 'V for Vendetta'
Everybody's favourite crazy anarchist! Thank the heavens we were lucky enough to see Weaving in the legendary mask, as it was originally supposed to be James Purefoy (from The Following) wearing it. Luckily for us, constantly wearing the mask drove Purefoy up the wall and he ended up leaving 6 weeks in out of pure frustration... which allowed Weaving to come in and save the day.
For a character that never took off the mask, Weaving injected a lot of charisma into V and for that fans of the movie will be forever thankful. The mask forced him to work extra hard on all other elements of the character (body language, tone, gestures, etc.). V really demonstrates just how well rounded Weaving is as an actor.
4 - Red Skull in 'Captain America: The First Avenger'
Yes, we've all heard a million times that Weaving didn't exactly love playing Red Skull and has no desire to don the red make-up again, despite being contractually obliged to do so if Marvel crack the whip. However, you have to admit, he took the Johann Schmidt (Red Skull) role and knocked it out of the park. As Red Skull, he was ruthless, cunning and completely bat shit insane - exactly what I had hoped for when I purchased my ticket to see the first Cap movie. The movie wouldn't have been the same, and potentially not as successful, without such a memorable villain.
As a fan, I'd personally love to see him back on top of Hydra, going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, potentially as an ally of Thanos, especially considering Thanos was recently revealed to be Red Skull's master at the end of the Avengers Assemble cartoon series. Whether that is a possibility or not is still up in the air, however, he was recently asked if he'd be back for Captain America: Civil War and here's what he had to say in response:
I have absolutely no idea. I haven't talked to anyone about it, so, yeah, we'll just have to wait and see. No idea at all
3 - Megatron in 'Transformers'
Yes, it's the role that Weaving hates the most but it's also one that fans universally love. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say his voice work as Megatron is one of the only redeeming things about Michael Bay's awful Transformers franchise. According to Weaving, for the first movie he was paid around $200,000 for the gig and recorded his lines in a lightning quick 1 hour and 43 minutes. That means he was in and out in 1 minute less than the movie's actual run time!
Apparently, for the whole time he was recording his voice, he had absolutely no idea what he was talking about or what was so special about that damn cube. The fact that he was able to execute his lines so quickly and do such a great job is a testament to his acting ability.
2 - Elrond in 'The Lord of the Rings' & 'The Hobbit'
In both the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie franchises, Weaving plays Elrond, a mighty immortal elf who takes everything a little too seriously. As Elrond, you have to admit Weaving looks pretty good for a guy who is aged over 6,000 years old.
Peter Jackson was right on the money when he cast Weaving as the Lord of Elves. Weaving was always the perfect actor to slip into the shoes of an integral and intelligent character who commands respect and steals the show with every line. Without Weaving wearing those pointy ears, Elrond could have been a throwaway and largely forgettable character, but with Weaving at the helm, audiences are left hanging on every single word.
1 - Agent Smith in 'The Matrix'
Agent Smith is the role that solidified Weaving as the perfect villain. It's a tough ask for an actor to embody a menacing virtual security program with artificial intelligence, but Weaving did with ease. He slid into the trademark suit and sunnies with such believability and physicality that the audience was left on the edge of their seats every time he got within close proximity to Neo.
Weaving's acting ability shines through the most in his slow and deliberate movements. It's the little nuances in the way he takes off his glasses, cracks his neck or slowly draws out words that make Agent Smith one of the most memorable characters in cinema history.