A Guide to Hugo Weaving Movies and TV Shows
The face of Hugo Weaving is unmistakable. His voice can’t be denied. Both have been part of some of Hollywood’s biggest film franchises. Read on to learn more about some of the best Hugo Weaving movies, which include The Matrix and Lord of the Rings series.
Weaving, 57, began his career in 1981 with the anticlimactic role of “Student 2” in “…Maybe This Time”. He went on to more recognizable roles in the coming years. He’s appeared in big-budget Hollywood tentpoles and more recently the Australian-produced movie Jasper Jones and television series Seven Types of Ambiguity.
A Great Decade
You can’t make a list of Hugo Weaving movies without emphasizing The Matrix. That said, his turn as a rogue computer program in the Matrix trilogy did put him on the map, but it led to roles vastly different than Agent Smith.
Released in 1999, the first Matrix generated a strong stretch of work that lasted for 10 years. He reprised his role as Agent Smith in the final two Matrix films, and he contributed voice-over work in The Matrix video game.
During the 2000s, Weaving also entered the world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings as elven Lord Elrond. He appeared in each of the three Lord of the Rings films and lent his voice to more video games between 2001 and 2009. He also was part of the first two Hobbit movies in 2012 and 2014.
His impressive decade of 1999-2009 also included V for Vendetta as well as some very prominent voice-over duties in the Transformers franchise.
Speaking of Speaking
Hugo Weaving voiced Megatron in the first three Transformers films with releases in 2007, 2009 and 2011. However, he started voice work in 1995’s Babe as Rex the Border Collie. Based on this film and its 1998 sequel, Weaving landed more voice-over jobs, including roles in the animated films Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and more. He also has been credited as a narrator of numerous films.
Other Noticeable Efforts
Hugo Weaving has been blessed to be part of some of the biggest franchises in movie history. He also had one of the earliest villain roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger. While Red Skull was sucked into the abyss of space, there’s always a chance he could return.
To avoid typecasting, Weaving routinely chooses roles that are outside the science fiction or fantasy realms (including 2012’s Cloud Atlas). One of his most emotional roles was in the 2016 Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge as the conflicted and tortured father to Andrew Garfield’s Desmond Doss.