Remember Megan Fox? Now that you’ve mentioned her, other me, yes. But if you hadn’t, frankly, no, I would’ve never thought of her.
But what happened? Megan was super popular, and was basically everyone’s babe several years back. I remember seeing the first Transformers movie back in 2007, and how everyone and their grandfather thought Megan Fox is HOT. Like, hot with capital H! Megan was the bomb, and frankly, no one suspected she’d disappear soon. It was everyone’s impression she would be here to stay.
Like, who wouldn’t want that?
But, it was Megan’s personality that killed her career. This GIF, basically:
But around 2009, Megan was everywhere. To the point people were getting a little tired of her omnipresent hotness.
Fox herself admitted that she was becoming a little sick of herself too. In an interview with Nylon, she said: “I was part of a movie that [the studio] wanted to make sure would make $700 million, so they oversaturated the media with their stars. I don’t want to have people get completely sick of me before I’ve ever even done something legitimate.”
Well, talk about self-fulfilling prophecy.
But she wasn’t really the one who pulled the career trigger – it was actually director Michael Bay. He also got a little help from Steven Spielberg, and the two extinguished Megan’s career even before it started.
At the time, she was just 23 and like most young people are prone to do, she spoke freely. Well, a bit too freely – to Wonderland Magazine.
In the interview, she badmouthed Bay, who was her boss then, to a ludicrous extent, saying: “[he is] like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.”
Now, most people would agree that comparing your boss to a murderous dictator isn’t the most reasonable way to level some criticism at him. But she didn’t stop there and added that while he wasn’t so bad off duty, the damage had already been done. Megan continued: “So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from the set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it’s endearing to watch him.”
Well, talk about kicking a man when he’s down.
As one could expect, Michael Bay wasn’t happy with being compared to Hitler. At the same time, he had to do something. If he hadn’t done anything, chances were the crew would lose respect for him as a director, and he couldn’t afford that. So, he ended up firing Megan from the set which, perhaps unbeknownst to him, damaged her career beyond repair. Two years later, he tried to explain his decision: “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 12 hours. I’m sorry that I’m making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy.”
Megan is not impressed.
But she has a few words of her own, and she, too, has grown and learned something from the whole experience. She doesn’t regret it: “I wouldn’t have learned as quickly as I did. All I had to do was apologize – and I refused. I was so self-righteous at 23, I couldn’t see it was for the greater good. I really thought I was Joan of Arc.”
Pictured: the follies of youth.
Today, Megan Fox is 31, and a mother of three. She made a mistake and she’s fine with moving on, she says. Well, whatever you can say about that, one thing is for sure – it’s the mature thing to do.