How Megan Fox Can Get Her Groove Back
By Mike Ryan Posted May 23rd 2010 11:30AM
Megan Fox was unceremoniously dumped by Michael Bay from the next 'Transformers' film (or, if you believe her, she quit -- who should we believe?). Even though she had become a superstar from these films, it probably wasn't the wisest idea to go around badmouthing Bay and the series. As he proved, Michael Bay needs Megan Fox a lot less than Megan Fox needs Michael Bay. Don't believe us? Michael Bay's last film, 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,' was critically annihilated -- yet it made $836 million worldwide. Fox's latest movie, 'Jennifer's Body' -- which was equally demolished by critics -- made just $31 million worldwide. Bay's least successful movie financially, 'The Island,' still made over four times that amount. What should Megan Fox do now? Will she become the next Angelina Jolie or the next Brigitte Nielsen? After the jump, we have some advice for Miss Fox on how she can pick herself up from this one and march forward toward greater fame.
To-Do Item #1: Make a Good Movie
Okay, this seems obvious, right? Well, it's possible no one else has given her this advice as of yet. (And the jury is still way out on 'Jonah Hex.') Depending where you stand on the first 'Transformers' film, she has yet to make a film that anyone would classify as universally good. Megan needs to ditch the eye candy stigma, because it's obvious that's all Michael Bay really considered her. And, in a way, he has a point. Can anyone remember one line of dialogue that Megan Fox had in either 'Transformers' film? Yeah, sure, we can all picture her leaning over the hood of a car ... but just one line of dialogue? We're sure she had a speaking role (we think?), it's just not coming to us right now. See, that's a problem.
There's plenty of attractive actresses out there -- Fox needs to eventually step up to the plate and prove if she actually can act. Today, on the 30th anniversary of 'The Empire Strikes Back,' imagine if Lucas would have dumped Carrie Fisher. There would have been outrage because we cared about Leia as a character ... and Leia was Carrie Fisher. No one is emotionally invested in (please bear with me while I look up Fox's character's name in 'Transformers') Mikaela Barnes.
To-Do Item #2: Find Another Transforming Robot Franchise
So the options here are limited, but hey, now that Fox is a transforming robot franchise free agent, maybe this is the time to put a competing series into production. So, let's see, there's ... well ... oh, how about the Go-Bots? The legendary battles between Optimus Prime and Megatron might dwarf a battle between a jet fighter (Leader 1) whose arch enemy is a motorcycle (Cy-Kill), but, it's a start.
To-Do Item # 3: Make A Successful Movie Not Named 'Transformers'
See, that's what is interesting about Megan Fox. Her name is everywhere, but she hasn't done a whole lot other than the 'Transformers' movies. Her filmography includes 'How to Lose Friends & Alienate People,' and the aforementioned 'Jennifer's Body' -- as far as major roles are concerned, that's it. Before someone starts blasting one of the -- love him or hate him -- most powerful directors in Hollywood, proving yourself as a marketable commodity is key. Looking at Megan's upcoming films, again, 'Jonah Hex' -- about a Civil War-era mercenary based on a comic book my dad used to read (my dad is 65) -- is not exactly a surefire blockbuster. (Watch the 'Hex' trailer on the left) And now it's rumored that Fox has been offered the title role in 'Red Sonja.' That would be a nice career move -- it did wonders for Brigitte Nielsen.
To-Do Item # 4: Get Ugly
As much as we'd like to think we (and people in general) aren't this superficial, sadly it's the case that Megan Fox is infamous because, well, she's remarkably hot. Whether sprawled across the hood of a car or posing in GQ, Fox's last name goes a long way, metaphorically. So, rather than continuing to ride her good looks all the way to the banks. may we suggest a role a la Charlize Theron in 'Monster,' where Megan is more than just eyeball fodder? If she can hold a film/role without the eye appeal, then we know she has what it takes to have a long, successful Hollywood career.
Megan Fox Photos
FILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2009 picture, actors Megan Fox, left, and Shia Labeouf arrive for the German premiere of their movie 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', in Berlin. (AP Photo/Maya Hitij)
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