If you grew up watching The Transformers cartoon in the ’80s, the original Optimus Prime had a very rich and distinct voice compared to the others over the years. The voice actor, Peter Cullen, also did the voice for Ironhide as well as Eeyore in the Winnie-the-Pooh, The Predator, Gremlins, Monterey Jack in Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers and many others. And it didn’t come as a shock that he was chosen to voice Optimus Prime in the first live-action movie in 2007.
Speaking of movies, when it comes to Michael Bay films, it’s generally known that his films tend to be high-budget action, special effects and tons of explosions. When it came to making Dark of the Moon in 3D, it led to destroying 532 real cars. And if you count the number of explosions in the first three Transformers movies, it comes out to an estimated total of 622 explosions, which breaks down to:
- 128 explosions in Transformers,
- In Revenge of the Fallen, there were 211 blasts,
- And Dark of the Moon was bigger with a whopping 283 big bangs.
That’s a lot of things that go ka-boom!
Did you know the inspiration for Optimus Prime was Cullen’s brother? His brother was a Captain in the US Marine Corps with the Fifth regiment.
Curious to hear the other voices of Optimus Prime? You can listen to sound clips of other Optimus Prime voice actors.