When it was announced that Megan Fox would not be starring in the third installment of the "Transformers" franchise, Fox's rep told People that rumors suggesting that Fox was fired were not true. "It was her decision not to return," the rep told the magazine. "She wishes the franchise the best."
That does not seem to be the case, now that "Transformers" director Michael Bay is breaking his silence on the ousting.
"You know, the Hitler thing. Steven (Spielberg) said, fire her right now," Bay told the GQ about her departure. Spielberg is the executive producer of the films, and that "Hitler thing" is a reference to comments Fox made about Bay to Wonderland Magazine in 2009. "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."
The film's screenwriter Ehren Kruger was not a member of team Fox: he told GQ that she didn't seem interested in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." "She seemed like an actress who didn't want to be part of it," Kruger said. Co-star Shia LaBeouf has been open about her relationship with Bay, telling GQ, "She started sh--talking our captain. Which you can't do."
Fox was replaced by British model Rosie Huntington-Whitley in "Transformers 3," which premieres July 4 weekend.