Among the legion of actresses in Hollywood, Megan Fox has caused no small amount of debate in the geek world by demonstrating knowledge of her favorite comic books and creators in addition to her starring roles in “Jonah Hex” and “Transformers.” She’s also campaigned for a potential turn as Michael Turner’s “Fathom,” among other pet projects.
With all the buzz surrounding her much-debated cred, Fox is very careful to note that she doesn’t have the encyclopedic knowledge of comics that some fans display — and demand of their favorite actors.
“Let me clarify this, because this is a very thin line I’m walking here [by] letting you say that I have comic book credibility or nerd credibility,” Fox explained to MTV News. “Because that world is an elitist world — the comic book world. And I don’t have the extensive rolodex that most of them have. I’m saying that aloud.”
“I grew up loving mainstream comics like ’X-Men,’ ’Gen 13,’ ’Witchblade’ and things like that,” she added. “I have some knowledge, but I’m not a hardcore nerd. Unfortunately, I would like to be, but I just don’t have the knowledge.”
“Because I do make appearances at Comic-Con and I don’t want to get stoned there,” continued Fox. “So, I’m telling them the truth.”
Fox also spoke about portraying her character in “Jonah Hex” despite being unfamiliar with the source material prior to making the film.
“I geek out on certain things like ’The Lord of the Rings’ [and] ’[Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles,'” related Fox. “But this comic, I was not aware of. I had never read ’Jonah Hex’ before and we read it obviously in the process of making the movie. Because that’s always a good thing to do”
“But I know Jimmy [Hayward] the director is a hardcore fan and it was really important for him to keep Jonah like he was in the comic,” she added. “He wanted to be true to the comic and he had all of these ideas of how he saw Jonah when he was growing up as a kid reading the comic.”
“I put my trust in Jimmy because he knew everything about it,” continued Fox. “I think he tried his absolute hardest to stay true to it. But at the same time, you’re making a live-action film out of a comic book and you have to adapt it. You have to change some things.”
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