Last week it was announced that Megan Fox was not going to be part of Transformers 3. At first, the story came out and said that she was fired, most likely for coming at director Michael Bay, but then she came out and said that no she was not fired but chose to leave the franchise to concentrate on other opportunities.
Either way, good luck with that Megan Fox.
I saw bits and pieces of the first Transformers and never saw the second one but I can pretty much tell you that explosions, robots and pretty girls doesn't exactly mean a movie full of substance and emotion. But it did serve its purpose as a typical summer blockbuster. Our good friend Wikipedia tells us that the first one, released in 2007, brought in over 700 million dollars and was the highest grossing non-sequel movie that year. Transformers Dos brought in even more than that - over 800 mil to be exact.
But then Megan Fox decided to get a little too big for her britches. She started appearing in every magazine and all over the web with ridiculous messages about how she didn't want to be compared to Angelina Jolie and how Transformers director Michael Bay was "worse than Hitler". She also slammed the actual movie franchise itself, basically saying that it didn't allow her to do any real acting. Well duh.
So now, regardless of whose decision it actually was, Fox has the chance to go and make what I'm sure will be very poignant and moving cinematic masterpieces. Her first project? A film by the name of Jonah Hex which is described on Wikipedia as "an upcoming American superhero Western film based on the DC Comics character of the same name". She plays a prostitute who carries a gun.
So it looks like Megan Fox has decided to trade in explosions and pretty girls for... explosions and pretty girls. Wait. I'm confused. Where is the artistic challenge that apparently was so lacking in Transformers? Meanwhile, raise your hand if you saw "Jennifer's Body". Yeah neither did most of America.
I don't know. I just don't get it. Maybe because I'm not an "artist" I don't understand her hangup with being so anti-action films. Transformers put you on the map. You topped literally every guy magazine's Hottest Girl list. You were the It girl. Why bite the hand that feeds you?
And if it all has to do with the fact that the director is a huge jerk, here's a news flash for you: he's a director in Hollywood. Don't know much about the business, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that directors are jerks a lot of the time to get what they want out of you so they can make an awesome movie. Jerks happen. Get used to it.
At the end of the day, I think this ends up being a big mistake on her part. I think she'll continue to make movies but I don't think they'll bring in the success that Transformers brought her. Just my two cents though.
Of course the Megan Fox replacement rumor mill immediately started buzzing with Heidi Montag from The Hills emerging as the most notable "celeb" to express her interest in the part. Heidi put some note on her Twitter asking Michael Bay to cast her in the new Transformers. I've made this joke/asked this question twice already, but I'll say it again: If Heidi can't even go jogging recreationally because her fake boobs are too big for any kind of exercise, how is she supposed to play a major role in an action movie? A stunt double is an option of course but then that means that Heidi would only be on screen during scenes where she'd actually have to say lines. Yikes. I don't think anyone wants that.
All sorts of names have been brought forward, but it sounds like "Prince of Persia" star Gemma Arterton is the frontrunner to fill the role vacated by Fox. Other names include models Bar Rafaeli (she dates Leonardo DiCaprio), Brooklyn Decker (she's married to Andy Roddick) and Miranda Kerr (I think she dates Orlando Bloom).
Should be semi-interesting to see how this all pans out but at the end of the day, it will be most interesting to see the direction that Megan Fox's career begins to take now. This franchise puts you on the map and people in Hollywood tend to remember who said what in this business. If her reputation begins to proceed her (precede her?), that probably won't end well for her. Best of luck Ms. Fox. I think you're going to need it.