From all indications, there was an awful lot of drama behind the scenes of the "Transformers" movies, and as it turns out, it was an interview about the trouble, not the issues themselves, that got Megan Fox fired from the series.
Michael Bay broke his silence for the first time about why Fox was replaced after two films as Shia LaBeouf's lady co-star, saying that it was her unfortunate dictatorial comparison that did her in.
"You know the Hitler thing. Steven (Spielberg) said, fire her right now," Bay told GQ Magazine. Spielberg is the executive producer on the films, and the Hitler thing refers to comments she made to Wonderland Magazine in 2009.
"He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation," Fox told the magazine. "He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it's endearing to watch him."
For his part, Bay said he wasn't offended -- it seemed he was more bemused.
"I wasn't hurt, because I know that's just Megan. Megan loves to get a response," Bay said. "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."
Following her dumping from the film, Fox claimed that it was her idea to leave, with her rep telling People Magazine, ""It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best."
LaBeouf, never one shy to share his opinions, recently gave some insight to some of the disagreements that Fox and Bay had on set.
"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," LaBeouf told the Los Angeles Times. "Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It's summer. It's Michael's style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it. This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We're on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There's no time for [LaBeouf assumes a gentle voice] 'I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.'"
In her place, Bay hired Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to play LaBeouf's new love interest. "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" hits theaters June 29th.
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