A-List: Megan Fox

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Later that year, Fox got her first starring role in the horror-comedy, Jennifer’s Body.  The script was from Juno-writer, Diablo Cody and it co-starred former Mean Girl, Amanda Seyfried.  In the movie, Fox and Seyfried share a brief and highly publicized kiss.  But even the promise of a lesbian kiss wasn’t enough to bring out Fox’s heavily male audience.  This was the first test of Fox’s star power and it failed.  According to Fox:

“People expected ‘Jennifer’s Body’ to make so much money.  But I was doubtful. The movie is about a man-eating, cannibalistic lesbian cheerleader, and that pretty much eliminates middle America. It’s obviously a girl-power movie, but it’s also about how scary girls are. Girls can be a nightmare.  ‘Jennifer’s Body’ wasn’t rated PG-13 like ‘Twilight.  It was a hard R, and kids couldn’t get in. So they bought a ticket to another movie and snuck in.”

Fox likes to use that phrase “girl power”.  It’s sometimes hard to distinguish what she finds empowering and what she does not.  Posing on the cover of Maxim is I guess some form of girl power.  Posing similarly in Michael Bay’s robot movies is clearly not.  Kissing Amanda Seyfried and playing a zombie cheerleader is apparently Fox’s brand of empowerment.

“If I was to have a message, it would be to be a different kind of role model to girls. With ‘Jennifer’s Body,’ I want to say, It’s O.K. to be different from how you’re supposed to be. I worry that’s totally lost.”

Speaking as someone who has seen Jennifer’s Body, any message was indeed lost on me.

Jonah Hex

In 2010, Fox co-starred opposite Josh Brolin in the comic book Western, Jonah Hex.  Continuing her special brand of feminism, Fox played a pouty prostitute.  Fox described the experience:

“I had my first sex scene in that movie.  I had on underwear and silicone covers that you wear over your breasts. I would never be naked in a film. You should never say never, but my body parts are all I have left that are only mine. The world owns everything else.”

Jonah Hex was Fox’s second shot at stardom outside of the Transformers franchise.  And it bombed big time.  The verdict was in.  Fox could not deliver male audiences.  Good thing she had the Transformers to fall back on.

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Only she didn’t.  Instead of having Fox’s character killed off in the third Transformers movie, Bay simply replaced her with a lingerie model.

Later, it was revealed that the decision was actually made by Steven Spielberg.  Spielberg took offense at Fox’s Hitler comments.  Which is understandable.  He demanded that Bay fire Fox.

So the Transformer series carried on without Fox.  And Fox faded into near obscurity.  She popped up from time to time in movies like This is 40.  But only in minor roles.  In 2013, she was reduced to video game commercials:

Oh how the bitchy have fallen!

Fox - TMNT

Having fallen short of the A-list and fallen off of the B and C-lists, Fox had no choice but to apologize to Michael Bay.  Which she did.  Publically.  Bay welcomed her back with open arms.  Not to Transformers which was no carrying on without its temperamental star, LaBeouf.  Instead, Bay used the reunion with Fox to get some buzz for his new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Fox was cast as wannabe Lois Lane, April O’Neil.

Word of Bay’s plans for the Ninja Turtles leaked early angering fans.  According to the leaks, the new turtles would be aliens, not mutants.  Fans of the 80s toys and cartoons cried foul.  Expectations for the movie were not overly high.  The release date was moves around repeatedly which is never a good sign.  Advance word of mouth was not good.  And the reviews were largely negative.  And yet, the damn thing opened to over $70 million in the US surpassing all expectations.

So, does this blockbuster hit put Fox on the A-list?  Hell no.  This is Transformers all over again.  Nostalgia is selling tickets, not Fox.  However, this franchise should prove to be a new gravy train that she can ride for a while.  It should put her back in the spotlight and give her a few more shots at cracking the A-list.

Do I expect she will ever actually make it?  No.  Being on the A-list doesn’t make you a great actor.  But it does require a certain amount of screen presence.  And Fox doesn’t have it.  She’s easy on the eyes and that’s about it.  But even if the A-list isn’t in the cards for Fox, there’s no doubt that her future looks a lot rosier than it did a week ago.  Ninja Turtles probably extended her career in mainstream movies by 3-5 years.

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  1. Yeah, I was big into the turtles (not the band from the 1960’s who sang “Happy Together”) in the late 1980’s, but mostly for the television series (for toys I had Transformers, and my doll was ALF). I viewed the first two films from the early 1990’s era (I thought Paige Turco, who played April in the two sequels, was a good-looking a apt April), and thought “TMNT” was alright, but I don’t know about all this here.
    Megan Fox seems to be the go to gal for 1980’s comics turned toys turned films turned out again. I wonder if she would be available for updates of “Thundercats”, “Voltron”, “She-Ra”, or “Jem”. Hey, I’m just trying to help:-)


  2. She has a career with Michael Bay projects for sure.

    But gosh I hope he doesn’t get involved with anything else from my childhood! I watched my beloved Transformers series self explode while the humans kept chattering on and on.

    And the new TMNT? The turtles look demented! I’d rewatch TMNT 3 instead of the new CGI enhanced turtles! Even Vanilla Ice disapproves of the new Ninja rap.

    Looking at her face, I think she had plastic surgery. Which is a shame since she is quite beautiful and really young!

    In order to appeal more to women, she’s gone public about being a mom and her marriage. Both things that are a far cry to her earlier wannabe Angelina Jolie stage.

    I don’t see her ever being A List because she can’t act, and her only movies that become huge are not because of her star power, but rather due to Michael Bay making movies for the nostalgia factor. It’s weird that she was that young and he put her in a bikini!

    I’m sure she changed her publicist in order to appeal to Middle America. I thought she would be gone– just another pretty face who can’t act–but she changed her public image because the bad girl schtick wouldn’t work anymore. Would I pay to see her in a movie? Hell no! I’ve only seen 3, but she was out-acted by Lohan, Seinfeld, and Shiah in all of those movies.

    Even Katherine Heigl is trying that angle; to portray her mother image more instead of the overbearing image that people have of her. The difference between Heigl and Fox is a director. No director wants to hire Heigl. But Fox has Bay on her side. Even more similar, they were both put into skimpy bikinis by directors. Although, Heigl is a better actor than Fox by far. But their public images are very similar!


    • My intent was to do very little research for this article. It was meant to be a quick hit. Instead, I ended up reading a ton of interviews with Fox. And let me tell you something. The woman isn’t dumb. She very carefully crafted that “next Jolie/wild child” image in her youth. And for a time, it served her well. Then she pulled a Heigl and bit the hand that fed her. Making matters worse, she offended Spielberg. Note to aspiring actresses everywhere: Do not offend Steven Spielberg. He’s touchy on the whole Hitler thing. Best you not bring it up.

      Fox tried to strike out on her own. But she doesn’t have the acting talent. Without Bay and Transformers, she’s just another pretty face. Jolie can act. Fox can pout. Her male fans quickly lost interest and she was set adrift.

      But Fox is cagey. She had the sense to reinvent public image. I ended up reading several interviews with Fox and it was obvious she was considering courting female audiences even as she was promoting Jennifer’s Body. She clearly knew she would have to do so eventually. And to be honest, I think it’s probably truer to her real personality than the wild child image she put on when she first hit the scene.

      Also, yeah, she clearly had plastic surgery. I barely recognize her in the picture at the top of the article. Before and after pictures make it really obvious. Personally, I don’t care. I don’t think it’s helped her at all. She needs to be careful not to pull a Jennifer Grey and make herself unrecognizable.

      The Heigl comparison is apt. Both were punished for biting the hand that fed them. Both were given rare second chances. We’ll see what they can do with them and whether or not they have learned their lessons. You’re right. Heigl has more talent. But I think Fox may have learned more from her mistakes.


      • Yeah, I think Fox has realized that if is going to have a future in feature films it is going to be as eye candy in action movies. She’s still young enough that she can probably hang around for a few years doing that as long as she doesn’t talk to the press.


        • I think she’s tried winning over female fans. Check out This is 40 in which she plays a misunderstood hottie. At first, everyone thinks she is a bitch. But then they find out she’s actually a sweetheart in a mean girl’s body. If that wasn’t an attempt at rehabbing her image, I don’t know what is.

          But bottom line, she’s at Bay’s beck and call for the foreseeable future and I think she knows it.


        • Ninja Turles is definately a hit, but I honestly don’t think the films’ success is going to advance Fox’s career much. She already had her chance to prove herself as a box office draw/leading lady with a few different films. I think Hollywood at large understands this Ninja Turtles movie opened strongly based on the property alone, not because Fox had a role in it. In the past week, in the various movie websites I’ve visited and people I’ve talked to who have seen the movie, not once have I heard any buzz about Fox or her performance in the movie. She’s a pretty face, and that’s about it. On the plus side, she can look forward to another paycheck with the inevitable Ninja Turtles 2 a couple years down the road, but I don’t forsee Ninja Turtles changing things for her that much beyond that.


        • I’ve heard buzz. Mostly people complaining that her part is too central. The key for Fox is she gets to keep working for Michael Bay. She’s got at least two more Ninja Turtles paychecks coming if she plays her cards right. She could even reappear in the Transformers movies potentially. Whenever Bay doesn’t want to use her, other directors are much more likely to cast her now. She’s not going to get A-list starring role offers. But she’ll get much better offers than she was getting a month ago. I do think this will give her a pretty sizeable bump in pay. She went from washed-up to the D-list. Maybe even C. She’ll never be the next Angelina Jolie, but she has to be thrilled with the upward momentum.


        • Cool, so, Megan Fox plays a character in “This is 40” that’s like Jessica Rabbit, where she’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way?


        • lol

          I hadn’t thought of it that way, but something like that.

          spoilers Leslie Mann’s character owns a store and she has 2 employees. One is Megan Fox and the other seems like a responsible kid. Mann knows someone is stealing, so she assumes it’s Fox. The other employee confirms it and tells her what a selfish, stuck-up bitch Fox is. Turns out, Fox is really sweet and the seemingly smart kid is stealing to support her drug habit.


        • Hmmm…maybe I’ll place this film on my Netflix queue. “After “Her”, “The Informant!”, and “Cashback”, I’m out of ideas anyways.


        • It’s kind of a disappointing movie from Apatow. I enjoyed it just enough because I happen to be roughly the same age as the characters. I could relate to some of their situations. Unfortunately, even being part of the target demo, most of the movie doesn’t work. But there are worse ways to pass 2 hours.


    • Re: Lindsay Lohan: Train Wreck Edition – Part 2:

      Lohan is like Megan Fox. Instead of having tasteful plastic surgery that most of these girls have they just went way overboard and look too fake now. Except Lohan had it to fix her busted up crack face and Megan Fox had too much of it because Hollywood is evil and can convince any woman, no matter how beautiful, that they aren’t beautiful enough.

      You can’t act well when your face can’t move ladies.


  3. I know and a few others have broached the possibility of Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise WTHHT, but is there any chance of them getting articles in this series?

    It seems pretty clear both there careers are rapid decline (especially domestically).


    • I actually wrote an A-list on Tom Cruise back when Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocols opened. My assertion at the time was that the success of that film proved that Cruise was still A-list. We’ll see how his next movie does. It’s probably time for an update.

      Depp is definitely getting one of these articles. I had him in mind when I restarted The A-list as a series.


      • Now that you mention it, I do vaguely recall the Tom Cruise article.

        That said, his next film is Mission Impossible 5 which seems as safe a bet as possible.


        • Cruise used to alternate high prestige movies with safe bets at the box office. These days he’s playing it very safe. And yet, it didn’t pay off for him this summer in spite of mostly positive reviews. MI 5 is his safest bet. But MI 3 was not a hit. So you just never know.


  4. The story I heard about Fox in Transformers was that for her audition, Bay had her wash his car. Just because it’s a step above the actual casting couch doesn’t make it any less sleazy, IMO.


    • I generally avoid Michael Bay movies. I figured out early in his career that his movies were not to my liking. But I have seen enough to come to the conclusion that Bay has a fairly low opinion of women. Which is at least partially responsible for my low opinion of Bay.


  5. I think the success of turtles could lead to more franchise roles for her . She is smart for sticking to roles that dont require acting skills she knows she no cate blanchett


  6. I always like the quote from the Hank Moody character from the television series “Californication” (i may not have the quote exact, but it was season two of the series): “That lifestyle is emptier than a Michael Bay joint”.


    • Nice quote. I enjoyed the first Bad Boys all right. It was still relatively new. And his excess was restrained by his budget. Plus I was in my 20s and Tea Leoni had amazing legs. But I have matured and Bay hasn’t. His ego and his budgets have skyrocketed. It boggles the mind that his movies are as popular as they are.


  7. she sould at least roles that require acting try to branch out


    • I think she has tried to branch out; it just might be that her best work may be no better than average. I don’t think it’s her fault; it’s like the fact that everyone in the high school theater department doesn’t go on to great things actingwise. I mean, MAYBE she has gravitas, but I don’t feel it has been demonstated yet.
      Personally, I’ve always found her interesting (she also married an actor who played the character I related to the most in the “Beverly Hills, 90201” series, which I viewed off and on), but I have no idea why she’s had plastic surgery. She was a natural beauty who just didn’t need to.


  8. when has tried branching out all she did was comedy hope and faith and mindless actions movies she might do well if she did dramatic role she might more acting training but she might have potential. 4 years ago if i told people matthew mccounghey would win more oscars before peter o toole u would tell me to stop smoking the pot lol kidding


    • She also branched out when she did Friends With Kids and her performance was really great. I don’t get why she’s good in films like that but sucks in so many others.


  9. Have u thought of Kristin Scott Thomas career. I think she’s very underrated but her screen presence is magical. I love her in The English Patient. she should be in WTHH.


    • To be honest, I have not. You never know. I may get around to her eventually.


      • Don’t. You’ll find that she’s had an excellent and ongoing career, working in French cinema as well as Anglophone. Oh, and theatre. Most H’wood actors would part with a limb to be so versatile and critically lauded.


    • Prince’s “Under The Cherry Moon” was Kristin Scott Thomas’ first feature film; I have it on disc, for the most part because I also own a copy of “Purple Rain” and figure, “Oh, why not, why not indeed?”. Overall, I haven’t seen many film starring Kristin Scott Thomas (I did view “Random Hearts” on Starz with my then fiancee, and I enjoyed “Life as a House”). What I do know is that her and I share the same birthdate, May 24th:-)


  10. KST was so sexy in bathroom scene in TEP. I’m also saddened by the lost of Anthony Minghella. His films are poetic and beautiful to look at. He chose great novels and direct it well I think. Even his producer films are great like The Reader. He was unfairly criticised for TEP.I wanna see great old literatures to become films instead of computer effects movies and pointless teen novels like hunger games and twilight.


  11. warren beatyy deserves one.


  12. Lol it’s alright I’m just a fan u’re critic different perspectives TEP defeat of fargo is hard to swallow for some I guess I like fargo too it’s terrific movie can’t decide which one is better even from TEP fan.


  13. Ok I’ll stop talking abt TEP. It’s a sensitive movie not gonna get along in internet discussing abt tht movie lol. My point is kristin Scott Thomas .I wish she’s a bigger star maybe because of she was in TEP 🙂


  14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Original April O’Neil Reveals Why She Wasn’t In The Sequel:

    By Eric Eisenberg 2014-08-10 17:12:36

    While actress Judith Hoag was the first actress to bring intrepid reporter April O’Neil to life, starring in 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from director Steve Barron, her tenure as the character was rather short-lived. Not only was she replaced by Paige Turco in both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, but the brand has since moved even far beyond those movies with the animated TMNT (featuring Sarah Michelle Geller as the voice of April), and, most recently, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starring Megan Fox. While Hollywood has certainly moved on, Hoag remains one of the franchise’s biggest mysteries. Why did she not come back as April O’Neil in the live-action Turtles movies of the 90s? To hear the story from the actress’ side, it was because producers weren’t too happy about her regular notes.

    With the reboot hitting the box office this past weekend, Variety sat down with Judith Hoag to get the skinny on exactly what happened on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that led to her not being invited back for the sequel. The actress revealed to the trade that she was never even approached about the idea of reprising her role from the first movie, and she blames it on her own personal complaining – particularly about the six-day schedule and the amount of violence in the movie. Said Hoag,

    "I thought the movie suffered because of that. It was something I spoke to the producers about, I think they thought I was too demanding, and moved on."

    But those weren’t the only issues encountered on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set. The actress and the crew also had multiple issues with just the look of the character. Steve Barron wished to replicate April O’Neil’s look from the cartoon- where she wore a yellow jumpsuit and a big head of red hair. The production was able to handle the creation of animatronic Turtle outfits, but this costume was apparently just too much to handle.

    "They had this really horrifying white jumpsuit and dyed it yellow. It was nixed... I remember just hating my hair in the movie. They gave me this really horrible perm and it never cooperated."

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of the biggest roles in Hoag’s early career, and while not coming back for the sequel certainly didn’t help her career, she has gotten steady acting work on both film and television since, including starring on the country music-themed show Nashville. She also harbors no ill-will towards the franchise. She has watched the original with her kids, and even has plans to see the new one. “I will see it out of curiosity,” Hoag said. “You want the franchise to keep going forward and do well.”


    • ‘Ninja Turtles’: What Happened to the Actress Who Played the Original April O’Neil?

      This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O’Neil in Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but she’s not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes, although she almost turned down the part. “When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film,” Hoag recalls on a recent telephone call with Variety. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is such a strange name. I wasn’t into the comic books at all.”

      Hoag, 22 at the time, was in the middle of shooting the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man, and her schedule prevented her from committing to Ninja Turtles. Then the producers were able to make it work, and Hoag had to fly from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina, on the weekends for production. “People would be wondering where I would racing off to on a Friday,” says Hoag, who is now 46. “I bashfully said Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Robin was like, ‘Are they making a movie of that!?’ He was so excited. I’m a brand new actor, my career was just starting off and I had Robin Williams’ seal of approval. After that, I would proudly say the Turtles name.”

      The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was an astonishing hit, which grossed $135 million in 1990, making it the fifth most successful movie of that year (after Home Alone, Ghost, Dances With Wolves and Pretty Woman). For many millennials, like myself, the film is still remembered with the same grade-school nostalgia as Alvin and the Chipmunks or Scooby-Doo. “There’s something that resonated with kids at the time period — they just loved the movie,” says Hoag, who has since appeared in dozens of TV series (Big Love, Six Feet Under), movies (Bad Words, Armageddon) and currently co-stars on Nashville (as Connie Britton’s sister).

      Unlike the reptile heroes of the new film, which are brought to life by motion capture technology, the original turtles were complex puppet creations made by the Jim Henson Co. (Brian Henson, Jim’s son, was the film’s second unit director.) “All the puppeteers from Sesame Street worked on that movie,” Hoag says. The film’s director Steve Barron, who had primarily made music videos, tried to put her in a yellow jumpsuit, like the one her character wears in the comic books. It turned out to be a disaster. “They had this really horrifying white jumpsuit and dyed it yellow,” Hoag says. “It was nixed.” Her hairdo was also complicated. “I remember just hating my hair in the movie,” she says. “They gave me this really horrible perm and it never cooperated.”

      The first Turtles spawned two other sequels — 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and 1993’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, but April was recast in those films and played by Paige Turco. Hoag says she was never asked to reprise the role, because she had complained to the producers at Golden Harvest about the lengthy six-day shoots and the intense violence added to the action scenes of the New Line Cinema release. “Everybody was beating everybody up,” Hoag says. “I thought the movie suffered because of that. It was something I spoke to the producers about, I think they thought I was too demanding, and moved on.”

      Hoag says she was also upset by the number of injuries she witnessed onset. “It was a really challenging shoot,” she says. “They had all these stunt people who came in from Hong Kong, who had no union protections. They were getting hurt. As soon as they were injured, they were shipped out of there. It was not the safest set to be on. That’s a little distressing. People are doing the movie, doing the best they can on the budget and I think producers lose sight sometimes there are actual human beings involved.”

      But when the sequel came out, her absence was noticed. “The kids were upset,” Hoag says. “When the third movie came around, they came back to me and asked if I would consider it. I said, ‘Yeah.’ Then they said, ‘Nah. If the kids got confused the first time, they might get confused again.’” Nevertheless, she’s grateful to be part of Ninja Turtles history. She watched the film with her 18-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter when they were younger. “I think my son sort of liked it,” Hoag says. “He was more of a Toy Story guy.”

      Hoag recalls an afternoon where she was asked to visit a 3-year-old boy with leukemia who was so determined to beat his cancer like a ninja, he wore a Raphael mask in his hospital bed. Hoag made herself up to look like April, and stopped on the way to buy some action figures for him. “I go to a Toys ‘R Us dressed as April O’Neil at the height of the movie on a Saturday afternoon,” she says. It almost caused a mob scene. “People are looking at me. I thought, ‘Oh dear!’ This is surreal.”

      After Ninja Turtles, Hoag became a character actress who also played the mom witch on the 1998 Disney Channel TV movie Halloweentown and its sequels. She says starring as April definitely boosted her career. “Oh, it totally helped,” she says. “I didn’t know it at the time. It’s amazing to me that people still treasure the movie like they do. I have workers in my house now doing construction, and one of them came back and said, ‘You’re April O’Neil!’ This happens every day. It happens at airports and at supermarkets. People loved this movie.” And she might even sneak into a showing of the new film. “I will see it out of curiosity,” Hoag says. “You want the franchise to keep going forward and do well.”


  15. I think she sill has a chance. She f’ed up her career with a couple of bad films and plastic surgery that diminished her looks. But once she lets the surgery settle and makes better choices she has a chance. Her performance in Friends With Kids was excellent. With the right script and the right director she has talent.

    Also, even though Jennifer’s Body bombed, it’s kind of a cult classic. People love it. I see gifs on tumblr constantly. She was good in that role. She should work with Diablo Cody again.


  16. Derailed Film Stars: Retracing Megan Fox:

    Equally famous for what she says on-screen as she does off-screen, Megan Fox has always been a controversial sex symbol. The self-proclaimed homebody and mother of two created a scandalous image of herself that fueled the 24-news cycle and kept her in the press more than on screen. But with a recent box office hit under her belt and a new leading role in the film Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, things are looking up for the tatted-up bombshell who was formerly only praised for having a symmetrical face. See the hits and misses of Fox’s controversial career.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    After proving her compatibility around CGI co-stars during the Transformers franchise, Fox was tapped to star in another eighties nostalgia reboot, playing April O’Neil in the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. While fans of the franchise and even TMNT co-creator Peter Laird complained about her casting, moviegoers still flocked to the film in droves. The film also helped to repair the relationship between Fox and her Transformers director Michael Bay, who served as producer. The parallels between her character and Fox are all too obvious, as April spends the entire film trying to get people to take her seriously. The only problem is, we’re here for the turtles, not April’s tragic backstory.

    Jonah Hex

    As an acolyte of the female action archetype created by Angelina Jolie and her bombshell looks, it’s fitting that Fox always ends up in fare that caters to adolescent boys. The only problem is, most comic-book adaptions leave little room for interesting parts, where an actress can either be the damsel in distress, or in this case a Victorian-era prostitute with a heart of gold. It was the first ever sex scene for Fox, a tidbit that figured heavily in the film’s promotion. The post-Civil War antihero Western film eventually bombed at the box office and became the butt of Fox’s jokes when she talked about the importance of being more selective with her roles.

    Jennifer’s Body

    Diablo Cody’s subversive teen drama was the perfect vehicle for Fox’s sexy image. It took the idea of the hottest girl in school and made her into a literal maneater, where she devours the opposite sex through seduction to survive. Fox was never meant to be the girl next door, and this film cemented her vixen status, but also showed she could play against type. While the studio was hoping for a male demographic to love the film, Fox perfectly summed up while the story wasn’t a blockbuster hit: “The movie is about a man-eating, cannibalistic lesbian cheerleader, and that pretty much eliminates middle America.”

    How To Lose Friends & Alienate People

    It’s a sad realization that Fox got to play more characters on a SNL sketch than she had done in her entire acting career, but this satirical comedy allowed her to poke fun at herself once again to render her relatable to audiences. Simon Pegg charms his way through a dismal script, based on British writer Toby Young’s memoir, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, about his tumultuous employment at Vanity Fair magazine. This time Fox went from playing a high school sexpot to a Hollywood one, who’s riding her 15 minutes of fame to nowhere. The film was an entertaining effort, but only left Fox to traipse about her underwear in swimming pools.


    Despite only being 28, and with many films ahead of her, Fox will perhaps always be remembered as the sexy gear-head high-school girl running away from giant, alien robots in the Transformers films. Fox was only 19 at the time, but producers were looking to groom the next action heroine and Fox fit the bill. The blockbuster film propelled her to stardom, and her salacious soundbites to the press during her promotional tour helped keep her profile high. Even when she lambasted Michael Bay and compared him to Hitler, she still managed to escape somewhat unscathed and landed more lad mag covers as a saucy interview subject.


  17. I’m on the fence with Megan Fox; she’s kinda punk rocky, but I’m worried that she’s plastic.


    • 9 Celebs Who Looked Better Before Plastic Surgery:

      1. Megan Fox

      Megan Fox’s looks have changed dramatically over the years. Although she denies doing anything to alter her appearance, it seems pretty obvious that she has. She was so pretty when she was first starting out in the business. She was fresh-faced, but unique looking, with her dark hair and striking eyes; however, it looks like Fox wasn’t satisfied with what she had and wanted to make some changes.

      According to one plastic surgery expert, the “Transformers” star has had Botox, eyelid surgery, a nose job, cheek fillers, laser skin resurfacing and lip injections. Considering how young she still is this is kind of excessive. One plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Guida, believes that she has had up to $60,000 worth of work done. We think all that work has aged her. She looked much more beautiful when she wasn’t doing anything to her face. Now she looks generic, like all the other women who decided to tinker with their looks.


      • I knew she’s had work done (don’t understand why) since I’ve seen photos of her when she was younger. Honestly, I think she looked a lot better before she had work done; it seems to me like it was a waste of time. Okay, I can understand why someone like Joan Chen had eyelid surgery, because she looks better, but Megan Fox just did her features a disservice.


        • Over the age of 40, I’d wager there are very few actresses in Hollywood who haven’t had work done no matter what they might say. Fox probably jumped the gun. I agree I prefer her more natural look.


        • Yeah, I have no problem with work done as actors/actresses get older, but I agree that Megan Fox got a little ahead of himself. She didn’t get carried away like Heidi Montag (23? Seriously?), but still, she didn’t need it yet.


  18. Suggestion for a series: How The Hell Did They Ever Make A List? 🙂


  19. forrestbracket

    lebeau u thinkk when megan ages and loses her looks she will have a career she cant do anything but look pretty she never developed any acting skills yet anyways.


  20. What is Megan Fox Doing Now? What Happened to Megan Fox?

    Megan Fox is a famous American actress and model. After beginning her acting career in 2001, she started landing a large quantity of roles in the industry until she hit stardom with the blockbuster action film Transformers, where she starred alongside actor Shia LeBeouf. This was her breakout role, and as she reprised this role in the following movies in the franchise, Megan Fox had become a household name. She become one of the modern female sex symbols and has appeared in many magazines such as Maxim, Rolling Stone, and FHM. She was a superstar, and still is, although her acting career has taking a sharp turn.

    Born on May 16, 1986, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Megan Fox was the daughter of Gloria Darlene and Franklin Thomas Fox, an officer. She was raised in a very strict manner and attended Catholic school for twelve years. Her parents separated when she was still a young girl, and her mother remarried with Tony Tonachio, who became Megan’s stepfather and raised Megan for most of her life as a kid. Fox has said that her step-father was “very strict” and that she wasn’t even allowed to have a boyfriend or invite friends over. She continued to live with her mother until she got a job and could support herself.

    Megan Fox first started to learn to be an actor when she was five. She attended a dance and drama class and was involved in her school’s chorus and swim team. When she moved to Florida at the age of ten, she continued her training at another school. Fox started to model when she was a teenager, and she won several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina. She later moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of seventeen to pursue her career in acting.

    She has said that she was bullied and picked on in middle school, and she would eat lunch in the bathroom to avoid “being pelted with ketchup packets”. Megan said the root of her bullying was not because of her looks, it was that she had “always gotten along better with boys, and that rubbed some people the wrong way.” She said that in high school, things were no better, and she was never popular. “Everyone hated me, and I was a total outcast, my friends were always guys, I have a very aggressive personality, and girls didn’t like me for that. I’ve had only one great girlfriend my whole life,” she was quoted as saying. Acting and modeling was her escape from school, which she said she was never “a big believer in formal education, and the education I was getting seemed irrelevant. So I was sort of checked out on that part of it”.

    Her acting career first began when she was 15, where she played a role in Holiday in the Sun, a 2001 film where she played Brianna Wallace, a spoiled heiress. She made guest appearances in the TV shows What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men. She made her first appearance in a global film with Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, where she co-starred opposite Lindsay Lohan in 2004. This film gave her attention from many different film companies, and it showed off her impressive acting skills at her age.

    She hit the jackpot when she landed the role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 film Transformers, based on the cartoons of the 90’s and the toys of the same name. She was to play the love interest of the film’s other star, Shia LeBeouf, who played Sam Witwicky. When the movie was released, she instantly became a star and was nominated for many awards, including the MTV Movie Ward for breakthrough performance, and was also nominated for multiple Teen Choice Awards. She soon signed on for two more movies in the Transformers franchise.

    She played Mikaela Banes in the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. She once again received worldwide acclaim and fame, however there was an underlying problem. It was soon found out that Megan Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg, who was unhappy with some of her comments on the series director, Michael Bay.

    What had happened was Fox had compared Bay to Hitler, because of his on-set behavior. He had reportedly asked her to gain ten pounds for her role in Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen, and had not treated her fairly.

    Fox became quiet on the movie scene after this, as her fame had increased so much, movie production companies weren’t sure they wanted her because of the media distraction it would cause. Call it the Tim Tebow effect.

    Fox’s fame was at an all time high. She was featured on the cover of the following magazines: Maxim, Cosmo Girl, Paw Print, FHM, GQ, USA Weekend, Esquire, Empire, Entertainment Weekly, and ELLE. She has also been featured as the most beautiful women on lists throught the years, with Maxim’s Hot 100 lists being the most popular. People named Fox one of 2012’s Most Beautiful at Every Age.

    Fox’s overexposure and constant appearance on the media influenced several men’s websites and publications to boycott her in 2009. August 4th, 2009 was labeled “A Day Without Megan Fox”, as most men’s websites and publications stated they would not release anything on Megan Fox during that day. There was this thought that although Fox was popular and would generate many hits, she was too popular in the sense that she was talked about too much. These websites decided it should be time for more young actors to be talked about. The website PopEater refused to boycott Fox and declared, “we’re posting things about Megan Fox that aren’t even news, just because we know you want it, whether you’ll admit it or not,” and Coedmagazine called the boycott a “publicity stunt” and “hypocritical”, saying that they were the home of “The Megan Fox Boycott Boycott”. The British newspaper The Sun declared August 4th to be “Megan Fox Day”, saying that “She deserves a day dedicated to her”. In response to the media boycott, Fox told Nylon in an interview that “the media blitz” for Transformers resulted in an over-extension of her image over media. “I was part of a movie that wanted to make sure they would make $700 million, so they oversaturated the media with their stars,” she said. “I don’t want to have people get completely sick of me before I’ve ever done something legitimate.”

    Since then, it has felt like years since anyone has heard of Megan Fox. Finally, in 2012, her pregnancy along with a role in Friends with Kids put her back on the charts in 2012.

    Although Megan Fox’s acting life has stalled, her personal life hasn’t. Fox married actor Brian Austin Green in 2010, and has two kids: Noah Shannon Green and Bodhi Ransom Green. The media has also been all over stories of Fox’s sexuality, with some stories quoting her as saying she has been in lesbian relationships and considers herself bisexual. Fox is made out to be some crazy sex symbol who has life that resembles one of a Kardashian. The truth is far from that, as Fox says here: “Despite my public perception of being a wild and crazy sexpot, I am antisocial and have only been sexually intimate with two men during my life, my childhood sweetheart and Brian. I can never have sex with someone I don’t love, ever. The idea makes me sick. I’ve never come close to having a one night stand. My biggest regret is that I’ve assisted the media in making me a cartoon character. I don’t regret what happened to me, but I regret the way I have dealt with it.”

    The truth is that Fox is a very relatable person. She has insecurities, has had self-esteem problems, and OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder. She is also an avid Christian, always trying to improve herself as a person.

    Megan Fox was, and still is, a superstar. Anyone can tell you who she is. However, since her fallout with Michael Bay, she has hit a career standstill. Many are probably wondering what happened to Megan Fox. The truth is, she has a somewhat negative public perception, and she is currently trying to improve that. The same way no NFL team wanted to sign Tim Tebow because of how much attention he receives from the media, not many film makers would want to deal with the distractions that come with signing a deal with Megan Fox. Hopefully she can show the world who she really is, and get her career back on track.


    • Wow, Megan Fox was born on May 16th, 1986? Wow, I think that was around the time that my father took me to see “The Karate Kid Part II”, but a few days before we viewed “Transformers: The Movie” (Yes, it’s cheesy. Yes, I love it).


  21. Derailed Film Stars: Megan the Fox Catcher:

    It wasn’t that long ago that Megan Fox was the epitome of the American male fantasy. Besides being one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, Fox was also crafting a nice film career. Recently, however, the actress has been spiraling downwards, and getting into a spat with power director Michael Bay probably didn’t help. Neither did her part in the reboot of a certain team of shell-encased superheroes. Starring in James Franco’s upcoming Zeroville might help her cred, but in the meantime, we take a look at where Fox went down the wrong hole.


  22. Thanks to Trivia Today, I see that it’s Megan Fox’s birthday. Well, happy birthday to her then. Hey, my birthday’s on the 24th; she should get me something (maybe an Amazon card?).


  23. Maybe Megan Fox should change her last name to Vixen, because if she becomes Megan Vixen, she’d have the last name of a female Fox.


  24. Transformers (2007) Retrospective / Review


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