It seems the very public feud between hot-bodded actress Megan Fox and director Michael Bay has finally taken it’s toll on America’s favorite ‘bot flick franchise. According to Deadline.com, Paramount will not be picking up Megan’s contract for the third installment of the Transformers franchise and the decision was ultimately Michael Bay’s to make.
An insider tells the site, “giving Shia a new love interest makes more sense for the story.”
In case you missed it, Megan compared director Michael Bay to Hitler in an interview with Wonderland magazine while promoting her
blocksuckbuster horror flick, Jennifer’s Body. In the article she stated that Bay wanted 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.”
That started a public back and forth between Fox, Bay, crew members and fans – each bashing the other in an unpleasant display of tactlessness. Three crew members banded together and issued a loooooooong statement detailing the unpleasantness of Megan Fox which wrapped up this way:
Megan really is a thankless, classless, graceless, and shall we say unfriendly b!tch. It’s sad how fame can twist people, and even sadder that young girls look up to her. If only they knew who they’re really looking up to.
But ‘fame’ is fleeting. We, being behind the scenes, seen em’ come and go. Hopefully Michael will have Megatron squish her character in the first ten minutes of Transformers 3. We can tell you that will make the crew happy!
-Loyal Transformers Crew
Michael Bay responded with:
The Crew Letter
09/12/2009 11:32 PM
I don’t condone the crew letter to Megan. And I don’t condone Megan’s outlandish quotes. But her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm. The fact of the matter I still love working with her, and I know we still get along. I even expect more crazy quotes from her on Transformers 3.
And when Bay announced back in October that Transformers 3 was set for a July 1, 2011 release date he added this:
“P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you.”
Megan Fox is definitely sexy, but there is a WHOLE lot of sexy in Hollywood, so it should be interesting to see where her career goes after being booted from a successful (and easy on the acting) franchise like Transformers. As far as her replacement goes, I’m sure there is already a “Replace Megan Fox with Betty White” Facebook page up by now.
(Head over to Deadline.com to read the statements excerpted above in their entirety)