Megan Fox, who made her name as Shia LaBeouf’s sultry love interest in the first two “Transformers” movies, has been dropped from the third installment of the action film franchise after a blazing row with superstar director Michael Bay over her vanishing weight, The Sun (UK) reports.
Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that Fox’s option was not picked up for part three in the blockbuster Michael Bay series. The studio, which released the first two movies about shape-shifting machines, declined to give further details or say who would replace the 24-year-old actress.
A source on the movie recently revealed: “Megan stormed out after a huge row with Michael Bay. He thinks she has lost too much weight and looks too frail. He wanted her to put on some weight and it all kicked off. The crew don’t think she looks well, let alone the wholesome, curvy star they cast in the first film. She’s going for this gaunt, pale image and it just looks unhealthy.”
Rumours swept Hollywood this week that Fox had been fired by the director. However, reps for the actress told People Magazine: “Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3. It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”
This is not the first time Fox – who regularly tops world’s sexiest woman polls – has found herself at the centre of the size zero row. She has been criticised for revealing she guzzles down neat vinegar as a quick fix to shed pounds. She has also previously told how she fell into depression after her weight plummeted.
She said last year: “I turned into a zombie. I lost like 30 pounds. I was telling myself I was method acting, which was not true. I ended up getting sick and my hair started falling out.”
And just this week she told in the interview to Allure Magazine: “I’ll starve to death before I’ll cook for myself. I think I could survive a week without eating.”
Fox and director Bay have had a volatile relationship since he cast her in the Transformers film that shot her to superstardom. She compared Michael Bay to Adolf Hitler in an interview last year and called him a “nightmare” work – for sparking rumours she would be dumped from the third film.
In announcing “Transformers 3” in October on his blog, Michael Bay wrote: “P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture.”
“Transformers” from 2007 and the 2009 sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” have made more than $1.5 billion worldwide. Production is scheduled to begin this month on the third installment, with a release date set for July 1, 2011, Paramount said.
Fox also starred last year as the title character in “Jennifer’s Body,” playing a possessed cheerleader who preys on high school boys. The movie, written by Oscar-winning “Juno” writer Diablo Cody, made a disappointing $16.2 million domestically.
Fox, meanwhile, is prepping for the June 18 release of Jonah Hex, an action film she stars in opposite Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Will Arnett.