Megan Fox was famously replaced on the third Transformers film after she made controversial comments about series director Michael Bay. One of Fox’s colleagues has now come out with his take on Bay vs. Fox, and he is coming down hard on the popular director.
"I don't know the ins and outs of it but it's all down to having a fallout with Michael Bay,” Irish comedian Chris O'Dowd told the Toronto Sun. “But who wouldn't have a fallout with him? It's one of the sexist things (sic) I've ever seen.”
O’Dowd, who appears in Friends with Kids with Fox, doesn’t think his costar was treated fairly during the controversy. Fox had likened Bay to Hitler in 2009 and was swiftly replaced with English actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
“She called him an a**hole. Well, he is a f**king a**hole,” O'Dowd said. “She's not the only one who has said that. Why has she been singled out?"
Though O'Dowd directed much of his anger toward Bay, he may not have been the only one with a hand in Fox’s firing. Last summer, Bay revealed that Steven Spielberg, executive producer of the Transformers films, urged Bay to fire her after she made the comments. Spielberg has since denied that conversation happened.
Last summer, Fox’s Transformers costar Shia LaBeoufalso gave his take on the controversy, saying that Fox was uncomfortable with the way Bay’s films portrayed women.
“Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality,” LaBeuof told the Los Angeles Times last summer. “It’s Michael’s style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it."