It's been over a year since we first learned Megan Fox was fired from the Transformers franchise--replaced by an inconsolable blow-up doll with the screen presence of a video game cutscene (i.e., a peer)--reportedly due to comments she made comparing series director Michael Bay to Hitler. Yet still, some demand clearer answers. Was it really the Hitler comment that got Fox fired, or is there some greater conspiracy working to keep her arched back away from cars that are actually robots?
In the July issue of GQ, the magazine gets to the bottom of it. Their findings: turns out it had more to do with the fact that, like many who are not 14-year-old boys or nostalgia-addled 30-year-olds, Megan Fox did not seem to really care that much about the Transformers movies. Also, the Hitler thing didn't help. Here's the relevant section of the interview:
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.
Bay: I wasn't hurt, because I know that's just Megan. Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in kind of the wrong way. I'm sorry, Megan. I'm sorry I made you work twelve hours. I'm sorry that I'm making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy. [Editors note: Fox declined to comment for this article.]
Ian Bryce (producer, Transformers series): On the plus side of the column, Rosie has done an enormously wonderful job for being a newcomer.
Bay: Listen, I mean, Rosie came in and she would say hello to the crew. She would acknowledge the crew. She'd say thank you.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (model/actor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon): I was really grateful to everybody, from the people on the catering department to the camera boys to the producers to Shia.
Julie White (actor, Transformers series): I texted [Megan] and was like, "Come back, Lassie!" Because I think she's magic. She is the My Little Pony of Transformers.
Bay: She sent me a text three months ago. She said, "I hope you're doing well." I responded, "Who is this?" She goes, "Megan, you dork!" I said, "Oh, well, thank you, hope you're well." When you're days and months on a set, it's like a family. You say rude things and you make up.
And that's why there's now a Victoria's Secret model sort-of-acting in Transformers. The end.