If you are an actress largely known for your good looks, it’s probably not a good idea to bite the hand that feed you. Just ask Megan Fox.
After causing a storm of controversy with numerous attacks on Michael Bay during the release of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Fox (who recently bombed with Jennifer’s Body) has had her character removed from the third film according to Deadline Hollywood:
Paramount won’t be picking up Megan Fox’s option on Transformers 3 — and that it was “ultimately” director Michael Bay’s decision. (So he gets his revenge for her remark comparing him to “Hitler”.) Right now Bay and writer Ehren Kruger et al are finishing up the script for the threequel and “giving Shia a new love interest makes more sense for the story,” an insider tells me. Bay will start casting immediately for the new female co-star.
Her character, Mikaela Banes was the girlfriend of Sam Witwicky, who is played by Shia LaBeouf in the film series. Transformers, for those who grew up in the 1980s, was originally a toy line developed by Hasbro (which was inspired by a toy line made by Takara, a Japanese toy company) that was then turned into a cartoon series.
Speaking of possible career killers, Shia LaBeouf recently hit out some choice words about the quality of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen during an interview at this year’s Cannes film festival in France according to the Huffington Post:
On the second movie, “we got lost. We tried to get bigger. It’s what happens to sequels. It’s like, how do you top the first one? You’ve got to go bigger,” LaBeouf said. “Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. … You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.”
He also, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times during the Cannes festival, apparently didn’t like Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull either:
“I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made … . And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie.” LaBeouf went on to say he wasn’t the only star on the film who felt that way. “We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted.”
Ironically Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which is Shia’s next film to be released, is a sequel to the original 1980s Oliver Stone film which starred Michael Douglas as corrupt Wall Street tycoon Gordon Gekko. It appears Mr. LaBeouf is looking for roles that don’t have computer generated robots as co-stars.
Time will tell if Hollywood will overlook the honestly of Shia LaBeouf.
Transformers 3 is set to be released on July 1, 2011.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is set to be released on September 24, 2010.
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