Megan Fox was an up and coming starlet with Angelina Jolie’s career square in her sights until she inexplicably was not invited to return for the third “Transformers” movie, “Dark of the Moon,” after starring in the first two installments.
Rumor had it that Fox was fired because she and director Michael Bay didn’t see eye to eye on set. But it looks like there might be a little bit more to the story.
According to Bay, it wasn’t the behind-the-scenes drama that got Fox fired, but her comparison of him to Adolf Hitler. And, Bay adds, he wasn’t responsible for letting her go. In a new interview with GQ, Bay says it was executive producer Steven Spielberg who had finally had it with Fox.
“She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry,” says Bay in the interview. “You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven said, ‘Fire her right now.'”
“The Hitler Thing” refers to comments Fox made in a 1999 Wonderland magazine interview:
“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation,” Fox told the magazine. “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from 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.”
Fox was replaced by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley when “Dark of the Moon” hits theaters on June 29.
Update: We’ve updated this story to reflect the source of the Bay quote as GQ.