Hear me out.
I’m probably the closest thing to a Megan Fox apologist: I’ll insist to anyone that she was one of the best things about Jennifer’s Body because of how she embodied the deadly teen queen but was still vulnerable and downright hilarious. Unfortunately, she’s received a ton of bad press lately, mostly for getting herself herself kicked off Transformers: Dark of the Moon after she complained about Michael Bay‘s dictatorial directing. Girlfriend, that is the smartest thing you could’ve done.
The Transformers coverage has been really good for her: It’s universally agreed that her replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is good only at being sexy in that empty-eyed way that was beneath Fox. Meanwhile, Shia LaBeouf is cementing his douchebag status with every sound bite, and Fox’s completely divorced from that train wreck. I honestly believe that she’s planned all of this and knows exactly where she stands. And if what LaBeouf said about the two of them hooking up while channeling their characters’ attraction is true, I have to think that she didn’t fall for him but was always in control of the situation.
Professionally, things aren’t going quite so well: Her last two projects, Jonah Hex and Passion Play, were both duds. Both roles pushed her career backwards; she didn’t have anything interesting to contribute to the plot of either story, besides a lingerie-clad busom. Maybe it’s not so surprising, then, that she’s managed to attach herself to three high-profile projects coming out in the next two years:
- Jennifer Westfeldt‘s comedy Friends with Kids, starring Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig. Though the older characters in the movie wrestle with raising kids, Megan’s character will date Adam Scott — and rumor has it that Westfeldt was impressed with Fox upon meeting her.
- The new outrageous Sacha Baron Cohen adventure, The Dictator.
- A bonafide Judd Apatow movie, This Is Forty. It’s a spin-off of Knocked Up, focusing on the married life of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, Apatow’s real-life wife.
Someone in her camp has wisely realized that Fox could be best suited to comedy, the darker or more daring the better.