After two successful installments of the Transformers franchise made her a star, director Michael Bay has reportedly dropped lead actress Megan Fox from Part 3.
It’s no secret that Fox and Bay didn’t see eye-to-eye. The news follows a public fued between the actress, Bay and the film’s staff during promotion of the sequel last year. Around the release of the second Transformers last summer, Fox compared Bay to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. That didn’t sit well with the film’s crew, who slammed the star in an open letter calling her “dumb as a rock,” the “queen of talking trailer trash and posing like a porn star,” and not to mention “grumpy” and “thankless, classless, graceless.”
Despite the comments in the press, Bay defended her and even said he looked forward to working with her on part three.
But said this in the announcement on his blog (MichaelBay.com): “P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep.”
While reports indicate she was cut from the role, her camp maintains that it was her decision to leave.
“It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best,” the rep tells People.
At press time, there was not word yet on who will fill in as Shia LaBeouf’s love interest in Transformers 3.
“Transformers” from 2007 and the 2009 sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” have made more than $1.5 billion worldwide. Both films made Fox a star, resulting in the starring role in the horror flick “Jennifer’s Body” last year, which made a disappointing $16.2 million domestically.
She will star in the DC superheroes film, Jonah Hex, this summer, as well as two other films currently in production — Passion Play and The Crossing.