Megan Fox has been hailed as the next Angelina Jolie. Nobody I know is quite sure why, except she's hot and dark-haired. It's certainly not because of any great performances she's given; she's so far avoided strongly written roles for popcorn fare that aims for little more than to entertain. Hopefully this will change with the release of the Diablo Cody-penned Jennifer's Body later this year, but, until then, what I can say is that I'm impressed by the young star's willingness to speak honestly about her inexperience and how she's employed -- some might say exploited -- by the film industry. One could also say she uses her sexuality as a tool, exploiting her employers. My evidence for that: She has more money than any of us ever will and currently has her pick of movies to star in. Anyway, here's what she has to say about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the upcoming comic flick Jonah Hex, Jennifer's Body, and being, you know, hot.
Cole Haddon: So what's changed for you since the first Transformers?
Megan Fox: I think the movie, its success, and how well it was received has opened a lot of doors for me career-wise, and I've been able to be a part of some films that I don't really feel like I deserve to be a part of. That's due greatly in part or solely to the success of Transformers. I just did Jonah Hex with Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender and John Malkovich. People in general, just actors, don't get those kinds of opportunities. For me to have that is a huge blessing, and that's because of the success of this movie.
CH: But what about your daily life? Much changed there?
MF: Sure. Getting photographed at Whole Foods or coming out of Rite Aid with your shampoo bottles and stuff, that's new for me. But that's not that crazy. You adjust to that. You acclimate to that pretty quickly.
CH: So Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Did you ever look at director Michael Bay and say, "Are you serious? I really have to wear this?"
MF: Oh, yeah. I have those moments on a daily basis, but the process of picking those outfits, like, I don't have much of a say. I remember that Mike was auditioning Ramon [Rodriguez] and some of the other characters, and there was just this roomful of men upstairs in his office. It was Shia [LaBeouf], Ramon, and two other actors and Mike. I had to come up and down and knock on the door and try on all my wardrobe, and I had like 18 different outfits. It was, like, white jean shorts and pink belly shirt and motorcycle boots. We went through, like, a whole thing, and Mike was selecting them in the process of auditioning. But I had no say. Clearly he has an eye for what should be and should not be in the movie, and so I just trust him.
CH: How do you react then to seeing your sexified image on a huge IMAX screen, as well as being transformed into a sex symbol?
MF: I haven't seen the movie in IMAX, and I just saw it for the first time a few days ago when we were in London. I usually don't watch myself. I don't watch playback. I don't look at still photos. I have a phobia of it, but I forced myself to sit down. I basically shot an entire glass of champagne so that I could get through the sitting of it. I was really, really pleasantly surprised, and halfway through was sort of overcome with genuine emotion, and I wanted to hug Michael because I had gratitude for him for making this movie. It so far surpassed my expectations. I think the character is sexy, but women in movies in general are sexy -- and especially in Michael's movies. He knows how to make movies that get people in the theater, and if that's part of the formula...
CH: What about the transformers and green screen? Was it easier or harder this time to work with machines that weren't always there?
MF: It was definitely easier because we've seen them at this point. We've seen Optimus [Prime], and we've heard his voice, and we know how he moves. It's the same with all the robots. And once you're able to visualize something's presence, it's a lot easier to sort of fake interact with it. I think those scenes are some of the easiest scenes to shoot. I enjoy them because we've gotten good at being able to synchronize and pick an eye line. You basically scream your dialogue at it and you avoid the area where you know it is. I enjoy those scenes. We end up usually doing a ton of takes because for ILM, it needs to be specific. The light needs to be right, and you need to be able to add it in and make it look like the way that they do. But it wasn't that difficult this time around.
CH: Getting back to Jonah Hex, who do you play?
MF: I think they're naming her Leila now. She's sort of a twisted love interest to Brolin's character, to Jonah. She's a prostitute that he goes to see often.
Note to reader: It's never a good sign a movie will kick ass when one of your stars hasn't even been told her character's name -- and she's already finished shooting!
CH: So it's another sexy role?
MF: No, it's actually not sexy. It's pretty serious. It's the most serious thing I've done so far.
CH: And what about Lara Croft? Some are saying you might be involved in the revival of that franchise.
MF: No. That's a complete rumor. I haven't been offered that. No one has even spoken to me about doing that yet.
CH: Would you do it?
MF: I think that's a role that Angelina Jolie mastered, and I would never attempt to take that over from her.
CH: Finally, your part in Jennifer's Body. The new horror-comedy penned by Oscar winner Cody. Have you had a chance to see it yet?
MF: I have seen it, and I'm actually really happy with it.
CH: How did it turn out compared to what you thought it would?
MF: Diablo is so wicked and funny, it's hard to really make a film that lives up to her script, but I think that [director] Karyn [Kusama] did a pretty good job. I think it's one of the most interesting movies that's coming out this year for sure.
CH: Do you get to do straight up comedy in it?
MF: It's off-beat comedy. It's inappropriate comedy which I find to be the funniest, the most funny of comedy.