Oh, Megan Fox. Why did you do it?
No, not the tattoo of Marylin Monroe on the forearm. You can probably get away with that. I want to know why you let go of a certified ongoing financial meal ticket in the form of the Transformers franchise…. just to criticise director Michael Bay?
I mean… I abhorred… utterly despised Transformers Revenge of the Fallen so much that I harboured dreams of breaking into director Michael Bay’s house, grabbing his wallet, and removing the cash he’d ripped off me for the piece of crap film he’d vomitted out and ultimately (I believe) blamed on the writers strike for being a piece of utter crap. As if a director’s responsibility is merely to release a piece of 5hit punctually rather than have the balls and the self-respect not to put your name on a crap product.
Will that criticism cost me? Maybe… one day.
But Megan Fox had to take it one level further and compare the guy to a hideous dictator on set. No, not Genghis Khan, that was centuries ago and that would offend nobody. No, not Idi Amin – too few people in the west have heard of him for that to cause an uproar. No, not Stalin – you can get away with that. No, not Mao Tse Tung – I think he’s got the whole jolly uncle image nowadays. I’m talking about the other guy. No, not Napoleon …actually, yeah she did compare Bay to him, too. But she chose somebody else…
Dumb move. Dumb, dumb move. Because no matter how right you are about someone, you will always be more wrong if you draw an improper and offensive analogy.
And what did it cost her? The ire of Michael Bay and Stephen Spielberg. Ouch. A future that involves (presumably) little or no Hollywood features, and only high-paying ubiquitous Armani Jeans ads and (hopefully) a happy marriage.
She was summarily replaced, and the next movie in the franchise is due in a couple of weeks. And I can’t get to that premiere. But I’ll have this shot of when I caught Megan Fox at an unguarded moment too.
Makes you think.