Veteran actor Mark Ryan wasn't sure what he was in for when he agreed to read lines on the set of "Transformers." It wasn't until the end that he realized that his voice would partially power the fan-favorite character, Bumblebee. In this exclusive guest-column for MTV, Ryan describes the experience of working with director Michael Bay and star Shia LaBeouf on what's fastly becoming one of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
Well, it's been one hell of a roller-coaster ride!
It all started about this time last year when I was called in by casting director Michelle Lewitt, who'd spoken with my agent Brian McCabe about a mysterious new project looking for a British actor with theater experience. Michelle faxed over several sides of dialogue and I was sworn to secrecy. She advised me not to learn the material as it probably wouldn't end up in the final cut of the project, but to be prepared to read several parts at the same time!
It was a very relaxed meeting with Michelle, as I'd worked for her previously, and she ended up filming me doing several parts from the scenes I'd been given. I really didn't know much about the project and drew character voices from my own childhood favorites, and threw in a few other voices just for fun. I'm not even sure if I was fully aware of the scale of the production or who was involved in it at that point. Read More...