Michael Bay’s first Transformer movie turned Megan Fox into an instant star. Magazines couldn’t get enough of her, and her future in Hollywood seemed all but bulletproof. Who knew that a mere decade later, Fox would still be playing second fiddle to CGI creations? Outside of the running on fumes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, her box office prospects have been pretty dire of late. Here’s why Hollywood won’t cast Megan Fox anymore.
When most people verbally attack their boss and it gets back to them, they might get reprimanded or fired. When a movie star criticizes their high-powered director, it just might get them blacklisted throughout Hollywood. In the middle of what was supposed to be a fluff piece for the British magazine Wonderland in 2009, Fox issued a controversial reply to a question about working with Michael Bay. "He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation," Fox said, equating her director on two Transformers movies to the power-mad general and emperor bent on conquering Europe in the early 1800s. Then Fox kept talking. "He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is."
Fox also disparaged the Transformers franchise in Entertainment Weekly. "I can't s*** on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me," Fox said (via ComicBookMovie) about the first Transformers movie. "But I don't want to blow smoke up people's a**. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting." Even if Bay was a tyrant on set (and even if Revenge of the Fallen wasn't a good movie), you just can't throw around the "H" word — or mock other people's work — in Hollywood and come out unscathed.
You’d think an actress would stay faithful to the franchise that launched her stardom, but there’s been some bad blood between Megan Fox and the crew of Transformers. Megan Fox's comments about Michael Bay and subsequent angering of Steven Spielberg earned her a reputation that she was "difficult." Dealmaking Hollywood big shots generally don't like to be criticized by actors. While she probably didn't express herself in the most thoughtful way, Fox bore the brunt of the backlash from her remarks about the guy who directed her in two star-making Transformers movies. But it wasn't just Bay and Spielberg who took issue with Fox's attitude toward the franchise that made her a known entity. Transformers: Dark of the Moon screenwriter Ehren Kruger told GQ in 2011 that while Fox showed up for the film's early rehearsals, "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."
After Fox's famous "Hitler comments," three crew members who'd worked on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen released a savage statement trashing an actress they called "Ms. Sourpants," "dumb-as-a-rock," and an actress who would likely wind up "a porn star in the future." Additionally, they said Fox is "thankless, classless, graceless" and "never smiles." Whether or not any of that vitriol is objectively true, it would certainly lead many in Hollywood to equate working with Fox with courting drama.