Michael Bay and Megan Fox may have buried the hatchet in their longstanding feud (she likened him to Hitler; he fired her), but that doesn’t mean that she’ll be romping with robots anytime soon.
Bay delighted fanboys when he announced on his blog that he was bringing Megan “back into the family” with the role of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bestie April O’Neil in the upcoming reboot, which Bay is producing.
But that’s as far as their working relationship extends for now. We asked the director at the premiere of his new movie Pain & Gain if, now that the two have reunited, Fox would pop up in Transformers 4 and he was quick to tell us, “No.”
“Because it’s a totally different story,” Bay continued to explain. “It’s with Mark Wahlberg and his daughter.”
Though the movie does indeed take place “exactly four years after the war in Chicago” and will focus on new additions Wahlberg (whom Bay was inspired to reteam with after Pain & Gain) and Bates Motel actress Nicola Peltz, Josh Duhamel revealed that Bay was interested in having him return for a cameo.
“[Michael] said he wants to put me in it someplace,” Duhamel told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know if he was just saying that because he had me on the phone and he felt obligated or what…”
It seems, as far as cameos are concerned, though, there isn’t room for Bumblebee to ogle Fox’s Mikaela again, even for old times’ sake. Sorry, Bumblebee! (Original stars like Shia LaBeouf and Fox replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are likewise not expected to return.)
“It’s the same [world],” Bay clarified, explaining that 4 will not be a complete reboot. “You have the three movies, but there’s a reason why there’s a new cast. And it’s explained very clearly when you see it, and it’s going to feel natural. So it’s not like we’re starting over or anything like that.”
Perhaps it’s best that Fox and Bay don’t retread old ground anyway. Here’s hoping the two fare better when it comes to mutant crime-fighting reptiles than they did with extraterrestrial robots sent to Earth to wreck a bunch of freeways.
Looks like Megan Fox and Michael Bay have made up. Tubular!
Bay posted today on his website, “TMNT: We are bringing Megan Fox back into the family,” thereby revealing that he would be working once again with his original Transformers leading lady on the upcoming live-action-CGI-hybrid Ninja Turtles, the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action flick that he is coproducing.
Their fanboygasm of a reunion comes close to three years after she left the billion-dollar Transformers franchise, supposedly because of her infamous comment comparing Bay’s directing style to Hitler’s rule.
Bay “wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So, he’s a nightmare to work for,” Fox told Wonderland magazine in 2010, after which Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was cast in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The director cracked to GQ the following year that producer Steven Spielberg was the one who said to get rid of Fox ASAP because of “you know, the Hitler thing.”
But apparently that whole Michael Bay-Megan Fox thing is water under the bridge.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox will play the Turtles’ best human pal, April O’Neil, in Paramount’s Ninja Turtles, which is supposed to be based on the original TMNT comic book series that debuted in 1984.
Wrath of the Titans helmer Jonathan Liebesman is onboard to direct.
Meanwhile, Fox obviously isn’t done with acting quite yet. The new mom said in the March issue of Marie Claire U.K.: “It’s very hard for me to do stuff, because I feel like it isn’t my job anymore. My job is to be with [my son, Noah].”
Who knew people liked hot girls on the Internet? Facebook has released its “Memology 2011″ report, and it turns out Megan Fox and Rihanna both surged in popularity this year thanks to millions of “Likes” on the 7-year-old social network.
With more than 29 million fans, Fox’s official page was named the fastest-growing entertainment page, while Rihanna’s page won the music category with more than 47 million “Likes.” Rihanna also had the most-played song on Facebook with “We Found Love,” which was followed by Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
While Rihanna had a big year with two albums charting on Billboard, a massive tour and a few key guest spots, Megan Fox’s surging popularity is a little more perplexing. Did people just feel bad for her unappreciated work on Passion Play? We thought for sure her popularity would take a hit after Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took her place in the Transformers franchise, but Fox is as popular as ever.
In other metrics measured in the new report, Charlie Sheen made the list of Facebook’s top trends found in people’s status updates, but the top two spots were both reserved for some very Facebook language: “lms” (like my status) and “tbh” (to be honest). Check out the full report here.
The verdict is in: 11-year-old boys prefer Megan Fox in short shorts battling shape-shifting alien robots to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
It’s been more than a week since the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and while a smash, it’s still way behind Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The gorgeous wife of Brian Austin Green, nevertheless, didn’t help her cause by calling her director, Michael Bay, a “Nazi.”
The current movie has earned about $40 million less than the previous installment of the popular franchise during the same time period, according to wwtdd.com.
The Victoria’s Secret babe Huntington-Whiteley has never acted before, so she makes her brunette predecessor look like Cate Blanchett in comparison.
Laying all the blame on Huntington-Whiteley may be unfair, and Shia LaBeouf’s embarrassing actions while promoting Dark of the Moon didn’t help, but the film would have performed better with Fox in the role of Mikaela Banes.
Bay may be a dictator on the set, but his only choice was to replace Fox once Steven Spielberg said she had to go.
Even in Australia, the new Transformers is lagging. While it’s posted the tenth largest opening ever “down under,” Revenge of the Fallen remains fourth on the list.
Transformers actors Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson have revealed that Megan Fox, who was sacked from the third installment of the sci-fi series, has been wrongly perceived.
The two stars expressed regret that Fox’s falling out with director Michael Bay led to her being replaced by newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Gibson added that he personally “never had an issue” with the actress, whom he described as “a sweet girl”.
Tyrese Gibson has confessed that he misses working with Megan Fox on the Transformers franchise.
Fox left the series following the second Transformers film after allegedly being axed over comments she made about director Michael Bay. She was replaced by British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Gibson, who reprised his role as USAF Tech Sergeant Epps in the latest Transformers installment Transformers: Dark of the Moon, told PopEater that Fox’s absence from the movie saddens him as they had worked together from the beginning.
Gibson also admitted to trading insults with Michael Bay during shooting over his “demanding” and “aggressive” methods.