The May 2010 firing of actress Megan Fox from the TRANSFORMERS movie series is one of the more infamous showbiz sackings of recent times. The exact events of this tale have been obscured by the usual game of claim and counter-claim that has taken place in the entertainment media. TRANSFORMERS director Michael Bay claimed he fired Fox. Fox claimed she left the franchise to pursue other projects.
However, Bay revealed today that he was told to fire Fox by TRANSFORMERS Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. It was widely assumed that friction on the set between Fox and Bay had led to her removal. Fox’s comments in the press likening the director to a “Hitler” seemed to confirm the level of bad feeling between the parties.
According to Bay, it was actually the Hitler comment that led to the removal of the 25 year old actress. In TRANSFORMERS 3 Fox has been replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
The subject of the Nazis and the Holocaust is one Spielberg takes seriously and he was angered by the Hitler comparison. After making his award winning Holocaust film, SCHINDLER’S LIST, Spielberg created the the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization established to record testimonies of the survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust.