Bombshell Gets The Kiss-Off: Sex symbol Megan Fox has been dropped from the cast of Transformers 3, Hollywood tattle Nikki Finke of Deadline.com has learned.
Megan, who played star the love interest of Shia LaBeouf’s Samuel James Witwicky in the first two films in the blockbuster franchise, will not return to the series when the third movie opens in 2011, a rep for Paramount Studios confimed to CNN.com’s Marquee Blog on Wednesday.
The “official” word is that Fox has been dumped because T3’s storyline marks the beginning of a new chapter for Samuel and it would be better if the character were not tied down to a girlfriend — even one who looks like Mikaela Banes However, as we celeb-gawkers know, Megan has a long history of tense relations with director Michael and much of the rest of the Transformers cast and crew.
After tabloid rumors surfaced claiming that Megan would be killed off in the forthcoming Transformers feature, the beauty angrily compared her director to “Hitler” and “Napoleon” in an interview with Britain’s Wonderland Magazine’s September/October 2009 issue.
“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation,” Megan said at the time. “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.”
Shortly thereafter, members of the film’s crew posted an open letter on the director’s site, condemning the actress for her behavior on set and viciously branding Megan, “the grump of the set,” “thankless, classless, graceless,” “unfriendly,” along with a host of other unflattering adjectives.
Shia LaBeouf’s character is expected to move in a new direction with a new love interest for Transformers 3.