Megan Fox obviously knows a thing or two about fame and the media spotlight, with her every move and utterance chronicled since her breakout role in “Transformers” three years ago. And she knows that not everyone can handle it. “Everything that leaves your mouth becomes this sensationalized news story no matter what your intentions were when you first said it, so it becomes overwhelming,” she says.
After two “Transformers” films, Fox infamously parted ways with director Michael Bay’s franchise. But that doesn’t mean she’s through with big-budget action movies. “I like working on action films, and I like working on movies that are comic book-based or that have this sort of thing, because they’re things that I watched or I loved when I was a kid,” she says. And it’s that affinity that brought her to her latest film, “Jonah Hex,” based on the comic book about a scarred cowboy bounty hunter (played in the film by Josh Brolin).
Playing Hex’s companion in the comic book adaptation, Fox knew there would be a risk of upsetting the core “Jonah Hex” fan base. But she refused to worry about it. “I love them, but it’s impossible to please the hard-core comic book fans, because they’ll never be happy no matter what you do,” she says. And Fox has a surprising insight into the fans’ mindset: “Because I’m a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan, I’ll go on the forums, and they complain that, like, Frodo is eating the lembas bread outside of Mordor instead of the Mines of Moria, and they get really mad,” she says. “And Peter Jackson and company won, like, 30-something Oscars for that. So you can’t focus completely on pleasing them, because you’ll never win.”