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Megan Fox Let Go From ‘Transformers 3’: Brutal Honesty Proves To Be A Bad Career Move

There’s one more high profile addition to California’s growing unemployment rate, since Megan Fox has officially been let go from Transformers 3 after director Michael Bay decided not to renew her contract option for the upcoming third installment of the franchise. The decision was heavily influenced by Fox’s public criticism of the director. In several interviews throughout the year the young actress openly blasted Bay and her role in the big budget action blockbuster. While it is refreshing when an actress like Fox is brutally honest, Bay’s reaction is no surprise, considering her comments about him and the film.

Last July during the press junket to promote Transformers 2 she was asked, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, what percent of her acting range was used in the movie. She said:

Seven percent. On the new one, I tried. But unless you’re a seasoned veteran, working with Michael Bay is not about an acting experience… I mean, I can’t shit on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.

And in an interview with Wonderland magazine to promote Jennifer’s Body in September, Fox compared his directing style to Hitler. She said:

God, I really wish I could go loose on this one. 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. He’s vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he’s a tyrant. Shia LeBeouf and I almost die when we make a Transformers movie. He has you do some really insane things that insurance would never let you do.

The story serves as a cautionary tale for other actors in Hollywood, especially since Fox hasn’t been the only one telling it like it is. Her Transformers co-star LeBeouf made headlines by telling reporters at Cannes that he, “wasn’t impressed,” with Transformers 2 and that Steven Spielberg, “dropped the ball,” on Indiana Jones 4. In February, following the release of the critically lambasted romantic comedy Leap Year, Mathew Goode, who played the romantic lead opposite Amy Adams, told a UK newspaper:

It’s turgid. I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010. The location was the main reason I took it – so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn’t because of the script, trust me. I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end it turned out to have pop music all over it. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid.

The difference with Fox and the other actors is that her remarks weren’t the result of a one time slip or a single candid interview. She seemed to enjoy making fun of Bay and the Transformers franchise. Now that she won’t be starring any more of them, she can really let loose.


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