Megan Fox has certainly revolutionized the film industry in a way that has caused controversies to ripple through powerful filmmakers and directors without her getting permanently blacklisted from the tier of A-listers. With her presence still a subject of constant front-page drama and widely covered tabloids, the Transformers actress is not without her flaws and merits.
However, unlike other cautious celebrities, she does not like to pretend or hide those away in the shadows in private but bares all her trivialities open for the public to see (and judge).
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Megan Fox Refuses To Be Like Scarlett Johansson
Megan Fox has lived through a fair share of controversies in her heydays and survived to tell the tale. But she refused to let those experiences deter her from speaking her mind whenever she felt she had something to contribute to a subject. In an interview with NBC Washington, Jennifer’s Body actress went so far as to claim her need to prove her worth and intelligence is directly proportional to the extraordinary standards of beauty that she has become known for.
And fellow A-lister, the Marvel star Scarlett Johansson is someone that she especially points out with regards to having to prove her intelligence in order to overshadow her physicality.
“Actors aren’t necessarily the most intelligent guys you’ve ever come across. They’re so easily manipulated that if you have any sort of control over your own sexuality, they’re just f–ked. I don’t want to have to be like a Scarlett Johansson. Who I have nothing against – but I don’t want to have to go on talk shows and pull out every single SAT word I’ve ever learned to prove, like, ‘Take me seriously, I am intelligent, I can speak.’ I don’t want to have to do that. I resent having to prove that I’m not a retard – but I do. And part of it is my own fault.”
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Megan Fox’s volatile comments have often landed her in hot water. Her especially dangerous criticism of Michael Bay who she likened to being “Hitler” and “Napoleon” on set got her temporarily blacklisted from the industry with the alleged support of the legendary Steven Spielberg who reportedly asked Bay to fire her from Transformers. She exited the $4.8 billion industry but later appeared to have patched it up with the filmmaker when it was announced that Fox would be starring in the 2014 live-action remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Megan Fox Has a Hard Time Managing Her Reputation
It is not as much condescension on Megan Fox’s part as it is a blatant refusal to bow down to the public’s perception of the actress. Over the years, Fox has witnessed and lived through the booming business industry, waded through the treacherous landscape of fame and popularity, and survived the explosion of social media and instant news that made it easier to project her face onto every screen in the world.
But despite surviving the horrors that come with the job and her obvious superhuman beauty and appearance, being reminded of her looks and physicality is not something Fox enjoys in particular. In fact, she hates it with a passion – “I resent people trying to tell me how to look, or act, or speak.”
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But this is not the worst of it. Fox revealed later on that her physical traits are something that the industry could have easily factored into their films and used to tell powerful, genre-defying stories that challenge societal barriers. Her film, Jennifer’s Body did exactly that and while speaking of the director, Fox claimed:
“She’s not trying to hide me. People were trying to hide me and make me less sexy so that I could be taken more seriously. And I don’t give a single f–k about that. I just want the look to be right.”
Megan Fox went on to have a successful career with a temporary hiatus until she returned to the big screen following her role in Till Death and Midnight in the Switchgrass in 2021. The former was received with stellar praise and holds a 90% rating on RT. The latter, a film based on the true crime story of the Truck Stop Killer in which she starred alongside Bruce Willis and Machine Gun Kelly was a critically panned box office flop.