Megan Fox reveals the real reason she was sacked from 'Transformers'
For many of us growing up, Megan Fox was the best thing about the Transformers films. The actress, who was crowned the Sexiest Women in The World back in 2008, swooned audiences with her sultry looks mixed with a fierce attitude, and she swiftly made her way to superstardom off the back of her appearances in the films. However, in 2009 things turned sour and Fox was dropped from the cast of Transformers 3, and was replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
The shock exit came after Megan had criticised the film's director, Michael Bay, during an interview with Wonderland Magazine. Speaking about Bay's demeanour when on set, the actress said: “He wants to create this insane, infamous madman reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.” Yeah, it was pretty savage.
Fox is set to cover the February issue of Cosmopolitan and she has revealed what it felt like to be fired so publicly and what the reasonings behind the sacking were.
“That was absolutely the low point of my career,” Megan admits. “But without – ‘that thing’, I wouldn’t have learned as quickly as I did."
The actress says the issue would have been dealt with in a much better way if she had just apologised, with her refusal to do so leading to her getting axed from the movie.
"All I had to do was apologise - and I refused. I was so self-righteous at 23, I couldn’t see [that] it was for the greater good. I really thought I was Joan of Arc.”
When the film was released in 2011, GQ magazine interviewed the team behind the film regarding the sacking of Fox, with Ehren Kruger, Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf all offering their opinions on what happened.
Ehren Kruger (screenwriter, Transformers series): "She was there for rehearsals. But she seemed like an actress who didn't want to be a part of it. She was saying she wanted to, but she wasn't acting like it."
Michael Bay: "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.'"
Shia LaBeouf: "Criticism is one thing. Then there's public name-calling, which turns into high school bashing. Which you can't do. She started shit-talking our captain."
Speaking about how she dealt with the aftermath of the fallout, Fox said:
“It hurt me and a lot of other people. However, that darkness that descended caused enormous and brisk spiritual growth. Once I realised I [had] brought it on myself, it was an invaluable learning experience, looking back on it.”
It's not the first time Fox has been outspoken in her career. The star has previously been open about her bisexuality, overactive libido and stating "f**k Disney" in defence of Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens, who were getting dragged through the press due to a semi-naked photoshoot and leaked photographs respectively.
While Fox undoubtedly missed out on a fair amount of cash due to the sacking, it doesn't seem to have held back her career too much in the long run.