Shia LaBeouf and Michael Bay Ride the Megan Fox Train to Movie Sales

Is it wrong to fire someone, and then keep using them as an ongoing commodity?

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It sucks to be Megan Fox these days. I know it must seem like a stretch to feel sorry for a gal like Megan, being all hot, sexy, and famous, but even I wouldn't want to be her right now.

Transformers 3: Dark of The Moon
premieres in theaters today, June 29, so is it a coincidence that last week the film's director Michael Bay revealed the REAL REASON Fox was fired from the latest film? I think not.

In an interview, Bay stated he received a call from the film's executive producer Steven Spielberg, who instructed him to "fire her right now" after reading an interview where Megan stated, "He [Bay] wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is." Really, Steven? I mean I love your movies and as a Jewish born woman, I get it, but COME ON. That's a little third grade if you ask me. Megan should have been fired for having the acting skills of a comatose Barbie, which would have been both fair and reasonable, but over a fairly common analogy used to describe someone who has dictatorial tendencies? Very petty.

Bay notoriously made one of the worst sequels in film history with Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, a meandering, plot-less monstrosity, closing in on three hours. Not to raise ire here, but experiencing that film had to be on par with some level of torture. Hilter tortured millions, Bay tortured millions - so I see the comparison Megan was going for. (Importantly, however, as far as we know, Michael Bay hasn't actually killed anyone.) It's a slippery slope to traverse for even history scholars, and no one's ever going to accuse Megan Fox of being a scholar.

Megan-Shia-234x400.jpgFast forward to this week, and now we have Transformers star Shia LaBeouf lobbing Megan Fox like a grenade, all for the sake of promoting this latest sequel. Shia revealed in an interview for Details magazine that he and Megan were more than co-stars while filming the Transformers flicks.

Asked if he hooked up with Fox, LaBeouf nods affirmatively. "Look, you're on the set for six months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them, I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen."
Megan-Fox-brian-austin-green1.jpgWhen asked to narrow down the specifics of whether Megan was dating her longtime boyfriend (and now husband) actor Brian Austin Green at the time, Shia demurred. "I don't know, man. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know..." -- repeating the phrase exactly 12 times with various intonations, as if trying to get it just right. Finally, he says, "It was what it was." I am guessing this wasn't something Megan wanted the world to know, let alone revealed as a PR move to sell movie tickets for a film she was fired from.

My point here (and I do have one) is that is seems very disingenuous to use Megan Fox's name to garner interest in the blockbuster film. She was deemed unworthy to keep around for the third film, practically labeled a liability by the film's director, producer and co-star in various other interviews, but clearly worthy enough to throw under the bus to get PR for the film.

I sure hope Megan has points on the back end of this franchise, because they are using her name for all it's worth.

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