One thing that you notice about the new Transformer 3 trailers is that Megan Fox is absent from them. The movie is executive produced by East Hampton resident Steven Spielberg and is directed by world class director Michael Bay. The franchise has netted Hollywood millions of dollars in revenue from the films with a worldwide audience.
But one could argue that a part of that revenue came from the sexy Megan Fox, who played the female lead next to Shia Labeouf. Well, both the director and the executive producer are betting that isn’t the case, and news launched today that Megan Fox did not leave the franchise, which was originally reported, but was in fact fired for making a comment that compared director Michael Bay to Adolf Hitler on his sets during an interview with a British tabloid magazine. Fox was originally hired for Transformers 3, but after she made that comment and it went public, Steven Spielberg demanded that Michael Bay fire her. [expand]
In an interview with GQ, director Michael Bay broke his silence as to why Megan did not return to the third installment of the series, stating,
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.”
During the interview Shia LaBeouf also chimed in, as well as screenwriter Ehren Kruger.
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.
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. [/expand]