The famously outspoken, raven-haired beauty announced last year that she had chosen to not appear in the new Transformer’s film to pursue different roles and explore her career options.
However, there was rampant speculation that the decision not to return was really due to tension between the actress and the film’s director Michael Bay, who Fox openly denounced in several publications and interviews.
Turns out, Fox’s departure from the film was not by her own accord after all. Michael Bay finally addressed replacing the actress for the third installment of the Transformers series.
Evidently, during an interview with British magazine Wonderland, Fox compared the director to Hitler, saying “He’s 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.”
While most brushed off the comment, the film’s executive producer Steven Spielberg was not so forgiving. Michael Bay told GQ the comment about Hitler was the final straw for Spielberg.
“She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, “Fire her right now.” Bay said, “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 twelve hours. I’m sorry that I’m making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy.”
Apparently the entire cast had had it with Fox, the film’s screenwriter Ehren Kruger criticized Fox’s work ethic saying, “She was there for rehearsals. But she seemed like an actress who didn’t want to be a part of it. She was saying she wanted to, but she wasn’t acting like it.”
However, Bay says that there are no hard feelings between him and the actress and that supposedly Fox sent him a well-wishing text message a few months ago.
Read the rest of Michael Bay’s interview with GQ here.