Transformers star Megan Fox said she wasn’t “preyed upon” in a sexual manner in reference to a viral interview with Jimmy Kimmel from 2009 that resurfaced this week. Many fans who saw the unearthed video said she deserved better after she laughed while talking about being an extra in Bad Boys II.
Fox took to Instagram on June 22, the day after the clip started to go viral, saying, “May we all continue waking up.” While Fox has experienced misogyny in Hollywood, she said she didn’t feel that way while working with Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg. She also wasn’t ready to call anyone out by name.
Her full statement is below:
I know that a discussion has erupted online surrounding some of my experiences in Hollywood and the subsequent mishandling of this information by the media and society in general.
While I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support, I do feel I need to clarify some of the details as they have been lost in the retelling of the events and cast a sinister shadow that doesn’t really, in my opinion, belong. At least not where its currently being projected…
I was around 15 or 16 years old when I was an extra in Bad Boys II. There are multiple interviews where I shared the anecdote of being chosen for the scene and the conversations that took place surrounding it. It’s important to note however that when I auditioned for Transformers I was 19 or 20.
I did ‘work’ (me pretending to know how to hold a wrench) on one of Michael’s Ferrari’s during one of the audition scenes. It was at the Platinum Dunes studio parking lot, there were several other crew members and employees present and I was at no point undressed or anything similar.
So as far as this particular audition story I was not underaged at the time and I was not made to ‘wash’ or work on someone’s cars in a way that was extraneous from the material in the actual script.
I hope that whatever opinions are formed around these episodes will at least be seeded in the facts of the events.
Please hear me when I thank you for your support. But these specific instances were inconsequential in a long and arduous journey along which I have endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.
There are many names that deserve to be going viral in cancel culture right now, but they are safely stored in the fragmented recesses of my heart.
But when it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, and Steven for that matter, I was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner.
I’m thankful to all of you who are brave enough to speak out and I’m grateful to all of you who are taking it upon yourselves to support, uplift, and bring comfort to those who have been harmed by a violent and toxic societal paradigm.
Fox Told a Story About Being Sexualized as an Underage Girl
Fox was 15 years old at the time and since she was under 18 she couldn’t be pictured at the bar or having a drink, so director Michael Bay placed her under a waterfall getting “soaking wet.”
clip from 2009 where megan fox tells a story about michael bay sexualising her as a 15 y/o
the crowd laughs, and kimmel makes gross jokes
teen girls being preyed on by older men has never been taken seriously and still isn’t pic.twitter.com/t1rF80UTj1
— liz w 🧸 (@reservoird0gs) June 21, 2020
The clip, where she talks about filming a “club scene” for Bad Boys II, has been viewed more than 6 million times. Fox talks about wearing a cowboys hat, stars-and-stripes bikini and six-inch heels.
“They said, ‘Michael, you know, she’s 15 so she can’t sit at the bar and have a drink in her hands.’ So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath a waterfall getting soaking wet. At 15. I was in tenth grade,” she recalled. “So that’s sort of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”
“Well, that’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work,” Kimmel retorted. “Some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts and pretend they don’t exist.”
As Buzzfeed noted, Fox was fired from Transformers later that year after she compared Bay to Hitler and said he was a nightmare to work with. Bay claimed he fired Fox under Spielberg’s direction, though he denied the claim.
Shia LaBeouf Said Fox Was ‘Uncomfortable’ Working with Bay
Co-star Shia LaBeouf said Fox felt uncomfortable working with Bay. “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,” he told the Los Angeles Times, according to Vulture.
“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,” LeBeouf continued. “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.”
In September 2009, members from Bay’s crew wrote an open letter published by Deadline where they claimed Fox was the nightmare to work with.
“When facing the press, Megan is the queen of talking trailer trash and posing like a porn star. And yes we’ve had the unbearable time of watching her try to act on set, and yes, it’s very cringe-able,” part of the letter said. “So maybe, being a porn star in the future might be a good career option.”