Before the first Transformers movie came out, Megan Fox was just another pretty face struggling to make it in Hollywood. She'd landed a couple of TV gigs and a thrilling appearance in Bad Boys II as "Stars-and-Stripes Bikini Kid Dancing Under Waterfall (uncredited)," but it wasn't until Michael Bay cast her as Shia LaBeouf's love interest that she rocketed to superstardom.
Which is all to say, she probably should have taken every opportunity to tongue-kiss Michael Bay's ass on a daily basis to thank him for being the sole reason she had any kind of career at all, but unfortunately somewhere along the line, she decided she needed to be known as the provocative, slightly dangerous, mesmerizing type of cinematic eye candy.
Basically, she was trying to become Angelina Jolie. Without the intrigue, acting chops, or charisma to pull it off.
As preparations were underway to shoot the third Transformers installment, Fox did an interview with Wonderland magazine in which she said the following about Bay:
He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it’s endearing to watch him.
I have to hand it to her, that's a pretty decent multi-layered diss. Not only does she get in the Hitler dig, but in the next breath, she basically calls him a massive nerd whom she feels sorry for, what with his painful sweaty boner for her and all.
After the interview, reports surfaced that Fox had been dumped from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, while her PR team rallied with the claim that it was Fox's decision not to return to the franchise. Of course, no one believed that, and now Bay has confirmed that Fox's innate stupidity was the reason she was fired. Via GQ:
She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, "Fire her right now."
Boy, who would have thought Steven Spielberg would have had any kind of problem with someone referring to his director as Hitler? It's not like he made a little movie called Schindler's List or anything.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon now stars British model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who is arguably even hotter than Fox, mostly because she looks like she hasn't started surgically screwing around with her face yet. So what will happen to poor Megan? It looks like we'll soon be able to enjoy her acting talent in a rom-com called Friends With Kids. Yep, that's about the career trajectory I'd expect at this point.
Up-and-coming starlets, take note: if you're known solely for your physical assets, keep in mind there are a thousand hot bodies waiting to replace you when you start mouthing off like a spoiled diva. Let your personality speak for itself, unless maybe you're a complete idiot. And for god's sake, don't say anything like this:
I don’t want to have to go on talk shows and pull out every single SAT word I’ve ever learned to prove, like, "Take me seriously, I am intelligent, I can speak." I don’t want to have to do that. I resent having to prove that I’m not a retard, but I do.
Quote courtesy of Megan Fox, 2009. You know, the last year she was famous for anything other than being dumb.
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