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Executive producer Steven Spielberg demanded Megan Fox be sacked from the third Transformers movie after she compared director Michael Bay to Hitler. Fox exited the project last year, prompting speculation as to whether she jumped or was pushed. Despite denials by the actress, the word on the street was that she was given her …


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  1. Stumpy
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    Title says it all

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Godwin's law?

      No, Megan's law!

  2. James Hughes 1

    Dumb as a rock


  3. me n u
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    if she needs work...

    I'll be happy to shag her anytime!

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Sorry, no

    " an incredibly engaging and immersive 3D experience with this latest movie, one that will undoubtedly be among the most entertaining movie going experiences of the summer"

    Are we talking about the same Michael Bay here? Immolation, perhaps, with lots of death-by-fire in all his explosions, but little immersion.

    1. IanPotter

      RE: Dumb as a rock

      Not a bad description of the Transformers franchise really. Or any Michael Bay film in fact.

      1. JP Strauss

        RE: any Michael Bay film in fact

        LOTR was anything but dumb.

        1. Adam 67


          As title

    2. Marvin the Martian

      But how does it matter either way?

      It's not like she has to repair the economy or disentagle confusing evidencei in a court of law. Heck, she doesn't even need to know lines, just remember them for 30sec or read from a cue card.

      She can be my pet rock any day.

      "would rather see the back of her" --- me too! But then that's how I roll.

      1. The Jase


        Too many tats, you can have her.

        This is why you should NOT get a tattoo

    3. There's a bee in my bot net

      RE: Dumb as a rock

      I always like 'dumb as a bag of hair'. Used to describe AVRIL LAVIGNE (I'm not shouting but I did have to google her name. A copy and past later and hey presto, all shouty and I can't be arsed to change it...)

  5. Andy Farley

    This is all I have to say about that

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Desperate Paramount managers, Transformers3 is a worse product.

    Desperate marketing bull from Paramount. Steven Spielberg is a professional and very kind man, he wouldn't have fired Megan Fox. Michael Bay hired, wanted and made her famous.

    Paramount wants to achieve exactly what by spreading this fake scoop? Is this their best strategy trying to make people accept Rosie by telling the lie that Spielberg fired Megan Fox? What a bunch of fools, indeed.

    So Paramount managers are really desperate promoting this Transformers3 now. That clearly happens because they know Transformers3 doesn't look good, it's way worse quality wise than the first two movies, the whole production is a real mess.

    They better be worried because everything on this movie looks worse than the first two.

    1) They fired the worldwide loved lead actress Megan Fox that they created as sex-symbol for Transformers franchise

    2) So they broke characters and plot continuity and consistency, this is not a trilogy anymore, it's just like if George Lucas fired Natalie Portman when filming for Star Wars III started.

    3) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as lead actress replacement is a big fail. She is not hot, she has an hot body yes but many pornstars do as well AND her face is pretty ugly AND she can't act a little bit. Every scene with her on screen makes you gringe, her screaming in front of the camera looks like some retarded reality show instead of a Michael Bay movie. She is the worst female cast that Michael Bay ever did to date.

    4) Alan Dean Foster that wrote the first two movies official novels and prequel novels was fired as well and replaced with Peter David, a cheaper worse writer. Paramount went cheap.

    5) Linkin Park just remixed Iridescent for the movie instead of providing an all new exclusive single. Paramount didn't want to pay them. And Iridescent is probably their worst song to date.

    6) Industrial Light & Magic CGI on Transformers3 looks bad in too many shots. Full of mistakes, wrong proportions, wrong filtering, sometimes it seems that the movie is using ancient stop-motion.. an awful thing already seen on Avatar.. and that happens because quality control went downhill

    7) The useless 3D gimmick is just going to cause some major eye-strain and add nothing to the movie. It only caused ILM to deliver a worse CGI.

    8) Paramount this time is paying critics and journalists to write positive reviews for the movie, something they didn't need to on the first two movies. That happens because they know they got a worse product that needs brainwashing people and a good smoke screen to not let people see all the mistakes and issues that this 3rd Transformers movie unfortunately really has.

    Transformers3 doesn't deserve the good and strong word of mouth that turned the first two movies into a huge worldwide financial success despite all competitors bashing the movies on forums and paying critics to write bad reviews.

  7. Paranoid Consultant

    I think the spellchecker got in there.

    Rosie Huntingdon-Whitley? Huntingdon, small Cambridgeshire town, appeared in Crap Towns and the reported birthplace of Oliver Cromwell? I suppose it could do with a little bit of publicity.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    Transformers 3? Whoopie!

    I *HAVE* to go and see it next weekend 'cos my son loves them... :-(

    1. Paranoid Consultant

      Oh wait...

      the original mistake was copied from the Daily Fail site.

    2. Murphy's Lawyer

      You are Megan Fox...

      ...or her agent. Either way, I claim my £5.

      1. The Jay


        Entertainingly, Whitley is a borough in Reading, reknowned for being a bit rubbish (being very polite about it there).

        The name is double failed...

    3. Another One


      you won't be going to see it then?

    4. Ian Davies
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      ...the time you've spent thinking about this *far* outstrips what the film is actually worth!

    5. KroSha


      "Transformers3 doesn't deserve the good and strong word of mouth that turned the first two movies into a huge worldwide financial success despite all competitors bashing the movies on forums and paying critics to write bad reviews."

      Are we talking about the same movies? The first one was OK, but the second was a completely unwatchable, burn my eyes out and ask for a ticket refund car-crash!

      "...worldwide loved lead actress Megan Fox..." Nope. She's alright, if you like that fat-lip look. She certainly can't act worth a damn and was only ever included so teens had someone to jerk off over.

      Transformers (the original tv show) had a good storyline. OK, it wasn't great, but it was a kids' cartoon. I enjoyed it when I was a kid. Then some numpty let Bay make a movie, which was tolerable, and then another, which was frankly an embarrassment. Now we hear that the 3rd one is shit as well; colour me unsurprised. There's a reason that the last one got panned.

      When will Hollywood learn that bigger 'splosions don't necessarily make a better film? Story and characters are what make a film great. Bayformers have had neither thus far.

    6. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Points 1-8

      1. And RHW will do quite nicely out of this one, no doubt - what 'they' did before, they can do again.

      2. No-one cares about the continuity apart from a few saddos like me, and the comics do a fair enough ret-conn there thank you.

      3. IMHO, she 'acts' better than Fox. Time will tell - but I doubt this is the last movie RHW does (and not just Paris style ones, children!)

      4. ADF wrote decent enough movie novelisations, that's about all he does though. Peter David has been writing books and comics across most of the big Sci-Fi/Fantasy franchises for years - Start Trek, Marvel Comics, etc and is well regarded by those fanbases. If he's good enough for them...

      5. You either like them or you don't. I do. What I've Done was an album track / single before being tacked to TF1.

      6. Avatar was pure CGI for the most - pretty if you like that sort of thing. The combination of CGI and real world footage in the TF movies is nothing short of astounding, whether you like the movies or not you've got to admit they are technically capable. There looks to be SO much more in the way of FX shots this time round, so you talk nonsense sir, based on not having see the finished article.

      7. 3D does nothing to impair the CGI. I'm not huge on it, but the 2D is there if you want. And I do.

      8. Pics or it didn't happen. My review may well appear on a well known movie related website before too long - I'm not getting paid, I'm just hoping to see a good blockbuster.

      You are a sad Harry Potter watching troll and I have fed you and claim my fiver.

      And with that, I'm clocking off!

    7. pj3090

      An experiment

      If anyone actually bothered to read the entire original post, please downvote me here. I'm just curious.

    8. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      So what studio do you work for then?

    9. NomNomNom


      So the story is something about an actress or other who starred in a shit movie and may or may not have starred in a second shit movie and now may or may of not been fired from the third shit movie. Somewhere along the line Linkin Park may or may not have written a song about it.

    10. TeeCee Gold badge

      @Paranoid Consultant

      It could be worse. Let's hope the director can keep his paws off her or she could end up being called Whitley Bay........

    11. Anonymous Coward

      "retarded reality show instead of a Michael Bay movie"

      Sorry, are you saying this is a good or bad thing?

    12. Nick Pettefar

      RE: Desperate Paramount managers, Transformers3 is a worse product. AC@20th June 2011 15:38

      Is my teenage son writing comments on here now?!

      Hey, it's your bedtime!

    13. NogginTheNog

      I think:

      1. You *like* Megan Fox

      2. You're still at school :-P

  9. Tom 15
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    Hitler may have killed 13 million people in concentration camps but at least he never created Transformers 2.

  10. Anonymous Coward


    Shouldn't he fire Bay for burning Jews on set?

    Anonymous so Spielberg can't fire me.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Not amused!

      Not funny! Were is the Queen Victoria Icon when you need it.

    2. bobbles31


      The irony in the people who want us to be serious about hitler and what he did not wanting us to think or say subversive things is a humor all it's own.

    3. dogged

      Or not

      It was 5.5 million.

      This crazy kind of inflation helps nobody.

      1. atippey

        To be completely fair

        He did start -- or at least catalyzed -- a major world conflict which killed roughly 60 million people on all sides. Sure, Japan's eastern escapades and tensions between the Soviet Union and the West may have eventually flashed something similar in his absence, but ultimately we'll never know. Also, don't forget the Slavs, Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, the mentally disabled...and of course those abysmal watercolors.

      2. stuartnz

        Deflationary revisionism

        5.5 million is in the ballpark for the number of *Jews* killed in the Final Solution, but the previous poster said "Hitler may have killed 13 million *people* in concentration camps" and that's pretty near the standard estimates for the TOTAL number of victims, including Slavs, Gipsies, gays, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.

        1. dogged


          Speaking as an official Gyppo (no, really), best estimate is that 90,000 gypsies died in concentration camps. That would mean you're suggesting that Hitler managed to find 7.4 million other bastards to gas, vastly outnumbering Jews.

          Either pre-Nazi Germany was gayer than Brighton on a sunny Sunday or Christmas must have been a pretty dismal affair.

          Or you're wrong.

          I know which way I'm guessing.

          1. Anonymous Coward
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            I can't believe

            You're arguing over how many MILLIONS the bastard was responsible for killing, as if either if somehow better?

            1. dogged


              No, it's not better. However, as is argued far more clearly than I can manage in _The Holocaust Industry_ by Norman G. Finkelstein (c.2000) this kind of numerical inflation cheapens the memories of those who died and is used a lever by others who cynically wish to profit from the whole thing.

              My granny (who was pure Romany, had a sister and both parents die in the camps and was not one for political correctness) used to spit furious invective about the Jews for continually whining about the whole thing and proclaiming themselves to be the only victims. Whether fairly or unfairly is not for me to say. All I know is, the facts are there. Making it look bigger than it was is either lazy or cynically manipulative and I won't sit back and watch it go uncorrected.

      3. me n u

        how can anyone...

        ...make jokes about a nut job like 'dolf when he killed some 35 million men, women and kids?!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          I'll let Peter Sellers explain it to you

          " Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat. "

  11. Anonymous Coward


    "Transformers3 doesn't deserve the good and strong word of mouth that turned the first two movies into a huge worldwide financial success despite all competitors bashing the movies on forums and paying critics to write bad reviews."

    So who paid you then?

    Bit long-winded for an opinion I'd say.

    Also, I'm disappointed about Megan, marvellous actress that she is. Still, I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD. Almost everything about them is crap really, but I'm just a sucker for giant robots.

  12. Asgard

    Can't say I'm surprised

    To be fair, all directors are there to director, so its goes with the job title that a director will give direction to people. In her case, it was out the door. :)

    But I can't say I'm surprised about Megan Fox. She has an air of being moody and full of herself in both in the characters she plays and when she is being interviewed.

    I just hope her replacement is better than her, which shouldn't be too difficult to achieve. :)

  13. alexh2o

    I for one...

    ...can think of 2 good reasons she should have stayed!

    (Does anyone actually care she's a bitch and can't act?)

    1. bobbles31

      I couldn't face the second one...

      I only watched the first one all the way through just so that I could say with certainly that it really was crop.

      As the credits rolled you can point to each individuals name and say that he/she did a rubbish job.

      Sorry to all you Transformers fans out there, the cartoon was/still is awesome. This trilogy of shit to cash in on a much loved franchise only serves as a kind of tax on stupidity.

  14. Ben Bawden

    *some* Michael Bay films are OK

    The Rock, for example.

    But, you have to remove your brain first.

    Some of them are utter drivel, like Pearl Harbor.

    I don't hold out much hope for Transformers 3, but I'll probably go and watch it anyway.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is a joke right?

    "I didn't have any problems with him and I don't think [Rosie] did either. He's demanding. He's fun, though. Look at the outcome. He's phenomenal. He's a great filmmaker."

    I threw up a little in my mouth. If you'll excuse me I need to invent a selective mind wipe machine so I can permanently remove all transformer movie scenes from my unfortunate mind.

    1. Handle M'Baughbags

      You've seen it...

      You can't un-see it!

  16. Anonymous Coward
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    Two words mr publicist, damage limitation.

  17. DS 1


    I started at the beginning pondering how were they going to turn this cartoon into some viable movie.

    The truth is, they did a belting job. I loved both movies, although as with much sci fi, you have to be in the mood to suspect your disbelief and just take the joy ride. Assuming you do this, both movies are a blast and I hope 3 is the same.

    Anyone quibbling and making oddball statements about how a transformer movie doesn't come up to snuff in historical and philosophiocal movie terms seems to miss the point, and their basis for existing.

  18. Ralthor

    Summation of Transformers

    Transformers 1: In the desert with the marines and the desert worm transformer - Excellent. Rest of the movie, eyecandy

    Transformers 2: Eyecandy, although the old transformer in the museum was amusing.

    Transformers 3: I'll know when I watch it.

    All of the above is totally subjective and should be taken with a grain of rice.

  19. Graham Jordan

    Lets face it

    We'd all like to put our man fat on Megan's face. Give Bay his credit, he picked a hottie.

    However I dare say hottie can and may have been made using Bay's "fit girls for dummie's" guide

    1) Dress woman in next to nothing. Make sure any clothing woman has to wear is too small.

    2) Regardless of location, woman has to sweat. A lot. But not under the arms.

    3) Acting? What is this thing you call acting? Refer to rule 1 and 2. If criteria is met acting can be passed upon.

    Still, I favour anything Megan says and does over Bay. Bay makes me violant. Why does everything have to explode?!?!?!

  20. Marketing Hack Silver badge

    Michael Bay's Best Film!!

    A hilarious satire of Michael Bay's "ouvre"!! And almost best of all, no dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks eyecandy starlets!!!

  21. Meph

    Dumb as a rock, check!

    You guys are missing the point, calling the director "hitler" on a movie where the executive producer couldn't be any more jewish, is about as smart as walking into a new york police station and shouting about how awesome osama was.

    No matter how good she looks, your average central heating unit has a higher IQ.

  22. Sarah Davis

    so now spielberg is Hitleresque!!

    really, if you fire someone for having a negative opinion about an egotist, then you're going to come off looking like a little diktator - as does replacing a star who did well in previous storylines

    spielberg's ego has just taken over his intelligence, so it looks like Michael Bay will have some competition when it comes to becoming the Hitler of Hollywood,... (oooh, now there's a film title)

  23. Peter Murphy

    Megan Fox is unimportant. Why not replace Michael Bay as well?

    The problem with Transformers 2 (so I gather - I never watched it) was that there were so many explosion and mechanical effects that it left the audience exhausted and bored. Take this review, which I suspect is taking the piss not a little:

    "Since the days of Un Chien Andalou and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, filmmakers have reached beyond meaning. But with this summer's biggest, loudest movie, Michael Bay takes us all the way inside Caligari's cabinet. And once you enter, you can never emerge again. I saw this movie two days ago, and I'm still living inside it. Things are exploding wherever I look, household appliances are trying to kill me, and bizarre racial stereotypes are shouting at me.

    Transformers: ROTF has mostly gotten pretty hideous reviews, but that's because people don't understand that this isn't a movie, in the conventional sense. It's an assault on the senses, a barrage of crazy imagery. Imagine that you went back in time to the late 1960s and found Terry Gilliam, fresh from doing his weird low-fi collage/animations for Monty Python. You proceeded to inject Gilliam with so many steroids his penis shrank to the size of a hair follicle, and you smushed a dozen tabs of LSD under his tongue. And then you gave him the GDP of a few sub-Saharan countries. Gilliam might have made a movie not unlike this one.

    And the true genius of Transformers: ROTF is that Bay has put all of this excess of imagery and random ideas at the service of the most pandering movie genre there is: the summer movie. ROTF is like twenty summer movies, with unrelated storylines, smushed together into one crazy whole. You try in vain to understand how the pieces fit, you stare into the cracks between the narrative strands, until the cracks become chasms and the chasms become an abyss into which you stare until it looks deep into your own soul, and then you go insane. You. Do. Not. Leave. The Cabinet."

    So what is the solution? It's obvious. Sack Michael Bay. There are plenty of people in Hollywood who could deliver both the same level of excitement and EXTRA competence for Transformers 3, like the Coen Brothers, or Quentin Tarantino. They'd add their own stylistic flair to the movie, and it would be stylistic flair that 14 year old boys (the target demographic) would lap up as well.

    Use them. You know it makes sense.

  24. Richard Jukes


    Has anyone noticed that the quality of a Michael Bay film is directly proportional to how quickly 'A MICHAEL BAY FILM!' is said at the end of the trailer? The quicker it is said, the worse the film is.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)


      It's when he starts trying to call them 'A MICHAEL BAY JOINT' that we've got a serious problem.

      1. lpopman

        titular amusement

        the _really_ serious problem would be inserting song and dance numbers about "jigaboos"....

        Where's the "Not racist, just quoting from....." icon when you need it ;)

  25. MJI Silver badge

    I thought about buying it

    But there was no BluRay so I was saved.

    And I could not be bothered to download the HDDVD rip

  26. tas
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    Nice use of portmanteu!

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