The other day, we put up some new pictures of Megan Fox, in a cheerleader’s outfit. You may have seen them (they’re also in our new issue).
Naturally, as soon as we put said pics up, they started to appear on other websites.
For no good reason, I spent most of a day keeping a vague eye out to see how many sites took our pics and how many bothered to credit/link back to us. (Lots, and not many, in case you’re wondering...).
One side effect of this web-watching was that I became (more) aware of just how much vitriol is poured Ms Fox’s way. Even as our pics were being lifted, the accompanying copy was frequently ripping her apart. Here's a fairly typical example:
“I hate Megan Fox. Sure, she’s hot, as evidenced by these pictures, but she's also an idiot and a total bitch. Oh, and she can’t act. And now it seems everybody knows it. I’m kinda happy her new movie is a complete and utter bomb.”
This follows last week’s sulkily adolescent open letter from some ‘Loyal Transformers Crew’ that briefly appeared on Michael Bay’s official site, claiming Fox is a talentless, ungracious diva who's ‘dumb as a rock’ and ‘has the press fooled’ to her many evil ways.
And while the letter probably revealed more about the juvenile crew members than the actress (“One of us touched her panties”...) it does seem typical of a whole lot of Megan hatin’ going on.
But why? What actual facts support the Fox/Antichrist theory?
1. Megan Fox can’t act. Therefore she is the devil.
Let’s be clear here: actors normally don’t write the scripts or direct the film they’re in. You may love Transformers. You may think it’s a pile of doody masquerading as a movie.
But either way, Megan Fox isn’t to blame/credit. All she can do is turn up, look pretty, run in the right direction and shout, “Look out, Optimus!” when required.
She does all that. Megan and Shia have a decent chemistry and the scenes that she is in are no better or worse than the ones she’s not in.
The fact that, to date, she has been constantly cast as a sex bomb, starlet, bad girl, tween bitch etc. reveals the type of roles she’s offered, not the ability she may or may not have.
Truth is, she’s pretty good in Jennifer’s Body and any reviewer that says otherwise is being sucked in by the anti-Fox chatter.
Now, certain D-list ‘action heroes’, the odd member of the Harry Potter cast, Paris Hilton… these are folk who can’t act.
2. Megan Fox is dumb. She must be Satan!
What is this based on? That she’s unguarded and talks before she thinks?
That she doesn’t offer sycophantic, bland quotes? That she admits she’s got a lot to learn or… gulp, is it simply that she’s attractive, young, rich and famous and therefore must be evil and taken down a peg or two?
If the myriad attacks on Fox look like misogyny, sound like jealousy and whiff of sour grapes then, just maybe, y’know… they are. Many actresses (and actors) are, if not dumb, at least better to look at than listen to.
But if I was listing a top ten of dumb actors I’ve met (and I’ll let you know when I want to commit that particular piece of career suicide…) Megan Fox wouldn’t make the list.
The fact that she acknowledges Transformers is a big robot movie franchise where acting comes second to spectacle doesn’t make her dumb. It makes her honest.
3. Megan Fox is ungracious. We name thee Beelzebub!
Should you pick up the latest issue of Total Film (come on, you know you want to…) and read our Megan Fox feature, you’ll see Fox claim:
She’s been cast in movies on the back of Transformers box office success.
She doesn’t feel she has earned or deserves the roles she’s been offered.
She worried that she wouldn’t do Diablo Cody’s JB script justice.
She was both thrilled and embarrassed to be working with the likes of Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender on Jonah Hex, given the slimness of her own current CV.
She feels lucky and blessed to be getting opportunities that other actresses, maybe better actresses, would die for.
She is enormously flattered by all the attention paid to her looks, while not actually recognizing the Photoshopped cover girl as bearing much resemblance to what she sees in the mirror.
I’m not sure how any of the above can be termed ‘ungracious’…
4. Megan Fox has the press fooled. Begone, Lucifer!
Another regular accusation: the press are a bunch of thigh-rubbing horndogs ‘fooled’ by Fox’s looks and so grateful for the constant soundbites that we can’t see she’s tricking us all and is really evil incarnate.
What, all of us? Every single journalist who has ever interviewed Megan Fox has been led astray by a smile and a soundbite?
Presumably then, we’re suckered by every pretty face we meet (and, Hollywood being full of pretty faces, that’s a lot of wool being pulled over our eyes…).
All I can say is that at least three of the Total Film staff have met Fox on various occasions. And while we like nothing better than privately bitching about how horrendous some star or other actually was, the truth is that all three of us found her likeable and switched on.
Rest assured, we have plenty of unprintable tales of egocentric stars and starlets (although normally, you’ll find the clues in our copy…) but to date, none of those tales relate to Fox.
Honestly, she’s quite nice.
5. Megan Fox’s new movie is a bomb. Damn you, El Diablo!
Jennifer’s Body is a (relatively) small film. It had a production budget of $16 million. In less then a week, it had recouped half of that just from the US release.
Even allowing for the marketing spend, it will make its money back just on domestic release. It will then sail into the black on international release.
And that’s before all the cable TV deals and DVD sales kick in.
If you lent someone twenty quid and they gave you back forty, you wouldn’t be too miffed. Jennifer’s Body will make decent money - which, as you know, is kind of important to Hollywood.
Better yet, the film’s not bad. It’s actually good fun.
So, no. Megan Fox is not the Antichrist, No horns and no tail (we know, we’ve checked…). Paris Hilton on the other hand…
Who are your own Antichrist nominations? What are your thoughts on Ms Fox? Tell us below...