It’s likely that Marshall Heyman’s September 2009 interview with Megan Fox in Wonderland magazine had more than a little to do with the freelancer joining the Wall Street Journal the following spring. Fox’s comment that director Michael Bay “wants to be like Hitler” on a movie set was heard around the world and would be dissected for years to come.
Today, the other half of this celebrity interview circle is complete with the release of a new Fox-Bay collaboration. Or is it? LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson thinks that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles producer Bay may be extracting some belated revenge for that 2009 interview comment:
If you thought Bay had forgiven Fox for saying he was “like Hitler,” this new April O’Neil role is proof he hasn’t. It’s a set-up.
Audiences will ridicule her for stinking it up as an unconvincing journalist, but the script doesn’t give her a chance. Despite O’Neil piecing together Shredder’s scheme, the film insists she’s only there as a piece of ass. She is acknowledged zero times for her smarts and dozens of times for her looks, whether she’s derailing a car chase by accidentally distracting the driver (Will Arnett) with her butt, or enduring Michelangelo’s lusty pant that she’s “so hot I can feel my shell tightening.”
Time will tell whether moviegoers agree with Nicholson. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to take in the TMNT reboot, we recommend reading/re-reading Sean Finnessey’s excellent 2011 GQ feature “Blow-Up: An Oral History of Michael Bay, the Most Explosive Director of All Time.”
At the time, Bay insisted his reaction to the Wonderland magazine snippet was more tempered than, say, Steven Spielberg:
“I wasn’t hurt, because I know that’s just Megan. Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in kind of the wrong way. I’m sorry, Megan. I’m sorry I made you work twelve hours. I’m sorry that I’m making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy.”
[Image courtesy: Paramount Pictures]