Michael Bay: Steven Spielberg Wanted Megan Fox Fired from ‘Transformers’
In an excerpt from “Blow-Up: An Oral History of the Most Explosive Director of All Time” published in GQ, Bay says Fox’s comment to British publication Wonderland that he “wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is” was the final straw. “She was in a different world [during rehearsals for Transformers: Dark of the Moon], on her BlackBerry,” recalls Bay. “You gotta stay focused.”
“And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven said, ‘Fire her right now.'” According to co-star Shia LaBeouf, Fox crossed the line. “Criticism is one thing. Then there’s public name-calling, which turns into high school bashing. Which you can’t do,” says LaBeouf in the book. “She started sh*t-talking our captain.”
Bay claims it was all business, not personal. “I wasn’t hurt, because I know that’s just Megan,” says the director. “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.”
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replaced Fox in the new sequel and earns praise from LaBeouf, Bay and producers in the book. Fox declined to comment for the story.