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You know what a good career move is? To be in a successful movie franchise and decide at the last minute you don’t want to be in the third film. Always a good way to instill confidence in future projects.
One of the worst things about the Transformers movies has been Megan Fox. Her “acting” is about as wooden as a piece of lumber, and scenes with her have been pretty dreadful. While it has been officially confirmed she will not be in Transformers 3, there is still a lot of confusion over what happened.
Back on May 4, Ms. Fox was spotted with what was clearly a new version of the Camaro that is the car form of Bumblebee. It appeared it was some sort of test shots for the film. Last week at the Cannes Film Festival, Shia LaBeouf confirmed he would be reporting to set on Tuesday of this week, so the film is definitely in production.
The yesterday came the news that Paramount had opted to not pick up Megan Fox’s option for the third film. However, an official statement from her rep said today:
Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3. It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.
So, depending on which version you believe, she was either fired or quit, but the end result is she is out of the film.
While this should be a joyous time for fans who would like to still see a movie that actually focuses on the Autobots and Decepticons, a scramble is now on to pick a new female lead. While they may pick an actress who actually, you know, acts, it makes for other troubling problems.
First off, due to the late date, they will now have to scramble to retrofit the script to accommodate a new female character. We will also lost some screen time explaining why Mikaela Banes is no longer in the story. Then introducing a new female into Sam’s life will include some set-up time, plus the scene we will get of him having to explain what the Transformers are to this character.
In short, we got rid of a horrible actress, but we just got saddled with a ton of scenes that will drive viewers nuts as we have to find a way to integrate a new love interest into the story. Here’s a wild idea … how about we dump the love interest and actually concentrate on the Transformers … you know, the title characters? Just a wild thought, I know.
As for Ms. Fox, no matter what the true story is, good luck on getting studios to actually believing you are trustworthy when it comes to your commitments.