Apparently the new Transformers 3 movie sucks. Not that the last one didn't also suck. But this one must suck especially bad considering the producer and director of the film are starting their publicity tour by bashing former Transformers star Megan Fox, instead of actually talking about the movie or its current stars.
Michael Bay spoke to GQ magazine and worded his diatribe in a manner that gives the impression that Megan Fox was fired from Transformers instead of what she has said, which is that she walked away and that she "wishes the franchise the best."
Who are you to believe and why does it matter? I'm more inclinded believe Megan Fox and it matters because of the sexism involved in the situation. The reason they want you to believe that she was fired is because they want to perpetuate a status quo that keeps women silent, that punishes outspoken women so that the men in power can continue to revel in their own egos, and prevent the industry from evolving in a way that benefits women in any small amount.
At the time Megan publicly announced she was leaving the franchise, neither Michael Bay nor Steven Spielberg contradicted that. A while later, another actor on the franchise, Shia Labeouf, described how uncomfortable Megan Fox was with Michael Bay's treatment of women on set.
Immediately following this insight from Shia, Michael Bay is now suddenly coming out with this "Steven Spielberg told me to fire Megan Fox" because of her "Michael Bay is like Hitler" comment. This seems surprising considering that following the publication of her Hitler comment, Michael Bay publicly invited Megan Fox back into the franchise. This was long before it was announced that she would no longer be in Transformers 3. Why would they wait over a year to fire her for that?
New quotes from Bay and the Transformers people in GQ magazine come off as unnecessary and bullying. If they are picking on her NOW a year after she left the franchise, I can't imagine how stressful it must have been when she was actually on set.
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.Did you read that last quote? "Come back, lassie." That implies she left. Either way though, this egomaniac, Michael Bay, seems absolutely intent on destroying the career of a young starlet who dared to speak her mind. If she had truly been fired, then wouldn't these men would have felt vindicated and content? Why would they be talking about her now? They remind me of the catty girls I hung out with in the 8th grade. The fact that they have to beat her while she's down and publicly humiliate her shows how much she probably stood up too Bay's "verbal abuse."
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 sh-t-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.
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.
The website The Wrap reported about an "inside" perspective on the matter:
And while Deal Central was skeptical at first that Fox would walk away from such a lucrative role, persistent whispers around Hollywood indicated that there was another side of the story.Bay has a history of demeaning his leading ladies, including "Pearl Harbor" star Kate Beckinsale; an individual close to the actress recalled that the director "wasn't very nice" to her on the set, either.Apparently, Fox wasn't the only "Transformers" cast member affected by Bay's rude behavior. TheWrap also learned that "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" star Isabel Lucas chose not to join her co-stars on a publicity tour for the film because she didn't get along with the director, who was described as being "too powerful" and "not well-liked" by the female talent community.
If his accusations of her supposed contempt for "showing up on time" are true, then why have many other directors and actors who have worked with her and spoken of working with her done nothing but sing her praises? The whole thing just seems like one big PR move that's backfiring.
I wrote another article a while ago about how Hollywood loves to call women stupid, which was largely inspired by watching the endless, mean-spirited media attack of calling Megan Fox "dumb". This treatment is also part of that sexist beat down. Even trashing her acting skills, which are not nearly as bad as people claim, is part of it.
Take a look at her Transformers audition tape. I think she's pretty decent, considering the material.
Despite "making an enemy of Steven Spielberg," her career seems to be in strong form with a movie starring Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm coming out, as well as a Judd Apatow film. I have a feeling this girl is going to come out on top. I hope she does, because it will say a lot about what it means to be an outspoken woman in an industry where outspoken women are targets to be taken down.
Lastly, the fact that Megan Fox said she "wishes the franchise the best" and has declined to comment and participate in this conversation about what happened two years ago, shows, between all of them, who the truly professional one most likely is.