Why We Loved It So Much: For reasons we cannot fully explain, we adored the big-budget summer action spectacular that was the first Transformers. Furthermore, we loved director Michael Bay for putting a jean-skirt-and-tank-top-wearin’ Megan Fox on the hood of a car.
Now, Not So Much: Fox recently stated the obvious by telling Entertainment Weekly, “I can’t sh-t on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.”
Exactly. Transformers isn’t about Shia’s meaningful glances or Josh Duhamel’s subtle inflection. It’s about sh-t blowing the f-ck up.
Bay, however, “100 percent disagrees” with Fox’s comments and retaliated to the Wall Street Journal saying, “Well, that’s Megan Fox for you. She says some very ridiculous things because she’s 23 years old and she still has a lot of growing to do.”
Fine, Fox takes a jab at legendary egomaniac Bay; he jabs back (yep, they’re both acting like 23-year-olds). But then Bay gets, uh, ridiculous, explaining, “Nic Cage wasn’t a big actor when I cast him, nor was Ben Affleck … Shia LaBeouf wasn’t a big movie star before he did Transformers — and then he exploded. Not to mention Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, from Bad Boys …Nobody in the world knew about Megan Fox until I found her and put her in Transformers.”
This might be reasonable if all of it were true. However, Nicolas Cage had already won an Academy Award before Bay directed him in The Rock. Ben Affleck was riding the Good Will Hunting wave before he and Bay made Armageddon. Shia LaBeouf was huge in the Disney world before Transformers and Will Smith was the Fresh Prince of freakin’ Bel-Air long before he was a Bad Boy.
Fox, ever endearing, is just telling the truth. Bay is very lucky she didn’t mention what an overblown cesspool of garbage Transformers 2 is.