Much has been made of Megan Fox and her well-publicized departure from the Transformers franchise that made her famous, but when she spoke to the press recently about her new film Jonah Hex, she had apparently learned her lesson about speaking out too much about the fracas between herself and Michael Bay.
When asked about how it felt to get away from “those robots” for this grizzled comic-book supernatural western she’s appearing in alongside Josh Brolin, she was very diplomatic. “I like working on action films and I like working on movies that are comic book based or have this theme because they’re things that I watched or I loved when I was a kid,” Fox said. “So it wasn’t really about getting away from the robots. I enjoyed making both films.”
Of course, she later gave a wink and a nod to the spin she’s putting on the whole situation. “I’m all full of candy canes and lollipops,” she joked, with a smirk.
It also sounds like she’s interested in getting away from being perceived as so controversial and rebellious. “For people who are famous and make it to this level of fame for whatever reason, whether it’s deserved or not, you have to be a strong person to survive it because it is very difficult to be under the microscope every moment of every day,” she explained. “Everything that leaves your mouth becomes this sensationalized news story no matter what your intentions were when you first said it. So it becomes overwhelming. But, am I that rebellious? I think there are many sides to me and to who I am and my personality, and I think the only thing that is rebellious about me is that I don’t really have a lot of fears as far as this industry is concerned, and I’ll do things that maybe other people would be afraid to do or afraid to say. But in my personal life, I’m actually very responsible with my personal relationships and things like that.”
Brolin had great things to say about Fox as well when explaining why he thought to bring her on for the role. “It’s funny and it kind of sucks because you go, ‘Guys, there wasn’t that much thought put into it.’ I know what you’re thinking,” Brolin said about the cynicism of the press. “But there actually was because however Megan was perceived, even though this is an absurd, escapist, fun, ridiculous film, I liked the idea of giving someone the opportunity like somebody gave me in saying, ‘Hey, we can go a little further with the acting here.’ Even thought we made it fun, we did a lot of different takes where she’s crying, where she’s not crying, there’s somewhat of a dialect there. It’s kind of a generalized, bucolic dialect, but when I read some of these articles that she had done, and as acerbic and rebellious as she could be, I wanted to see how real that was. When you have that kind of fame, nobody can handle that kind of fame that fast at 22 years old, and I thought she was handling it really well. So when we met, I just wanted to make sure she was the real deal and a scrapper and that she could go head-to-head with John Malkovich and that she could go and really hold her own. There’s definitely a truck driver mentality there.”
One thing Fox seemingly had no fear about was squeezing into her insanely tight corset for the role of Lilah. “I loved the corset,” she insisted. “When I showed up for camera tests, everyone thought I was in pain or I was hurting or something was wrong with me because my waist was so small, and I enjoyed it, and I wish they would come back into style.”
If the corset wasn’t a problem, what was? Her own fingers, oddly enough. “Actually, there was one gunfight scene that stunts had been choreographing for a couple of weeks, and I showed up and had minutes to get it down and to rehearse it,” she revealed. “It was really difficult for me to shoot the old-style gunslinger guns because I have tiny, little baby hands, and they’re really large and really heavy, so just the physicality of actually having to pull that off was really difficult.”
When asked if there was any reservation about playing the classic ‘hooker with a heart of gold’ trope, she’s quick to defuse that suggestion. “‘Hooker with a heart of gold’ was not in the character breakdown when I got it,” she quipped, “but I felt like it was an amazing opportunity for me to be involved in a project with Josh and with John Malkovich and with Michael Fassbender, with all of these incredible actors who were coming in to make this movie. I just wanted to be a part of it any way I could. And I don’t really feel that she’s really that stereotypical. Perhaps you’re responding to the fact that I’m playing the character, and that’s what makes it stereotypical, but it’s something completely different than anything I’ve done, and no one can accuse me of doing the same thing twice, which I’m proud of.”