Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ Megan Fox is getting all riled up for the sequel Out of the Shadows. She has made peace with Michael Bay, the current producer and someone she once referred to as Hitler.
— Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) May 27, 2016
Fox wasn’t quite in tune with Bay’s working methods at the time she made the comment. But that doesn’t matter anymore as Bay and Fox are getting it together for the second time for the upcoming TMNT sequel Out of the Shadows. Back in 2009, she either left or was let go from the Transformers movie series after an interview revealed her dissatisfaction working with Bay. The Hitler comment apparently offended Steven Spielberg, the film’s executive producer, more than it did Michael. Her love interest in those movies, portrayed by Shia LaBeouf, revealed that it was Michael Bay’s dealing with the female image that made it impossible for the two to work together.
Bay said to GQ that he wasn’t hurt by Megan Fox’s interview comments, but did stress the importance that his actors put in the required effort.
“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.”
Shia LaBeouf had his understanding on how the friction came about and described how he saw it to the Los Angeles Times.
“Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women”
In any case, it doesn’t matter much anymore with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Megan Fox has been cast in both films of the new series. Michael Bay hasn’t personally directed these TMNT reboot movies, but as a producer, his style and influence are all over them. The trailers for Out of the Shadows feature more of the trademark movie elements he’s known for.
Fox is likely going to try to stay on Michael Bay’s good side this time, as he tends to put her in front of the camera and keep her working as an actress in big movies. She hasn’t publicly said any other bad words about him and even continues to praise him. Perhaps a compromise was reached, as Fox portrays a dignified April O’Neil when compared with her Transformers character.
Megan stated how she felt about the feud with Bay during an interview in Entertainment Weekly before the release of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot movie.
“I’ve always loved Michael. We’ve had our battles in the past but even when I’ve been really outspoken about difficulties we’ve had, I’ve always followed up by saying that I have a particular affinity to him. He can be very vulnerable, and he’s very likeable and loveable. I’ve always been very vocal about that as well. But, sometimes we clash because we both have very willful, powerful personalities.”
Out of the Shadows hopes to correct the mistakes of the first movie and use what cast and crew have learned from reactions to craft a more memorable experience. The addition of Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang, Casey Jones, and Baxter Stockman could potentially make this film a real delight to legions of Ninja Turtles fans. It all depends on whether they manage to capture the character traits of the Turtles and all the extended cast. The fun about the Turtles franchise are the colorful, exaggerated personalities and humor of all the unique characters.
— GABRIEL ALEXANDRE (@x_megaanjo) May 20, 2016
If this is done right and can rival the original live action TMNT movies, there could be more sequels that bring even more characters to life from the comic book and cartoon legacy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Megan Fox is certainly among them, making her mark as the reinvented April O’Neil.
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