Jun 12 2009
Listen Megan Fox, it’s about time that someone put you in your damn place. I’ve been reading story after story about how every movie studio is attempting to hand you franchises on a silver platter, and how in return you usually end up making fun of them or passing on the project almost instantly.
But really, who are you, and what give you right to laugh away these types of projects? That’s what I’m aiming to find out in this article.
The way I see it, there are two ways of looking at Megan Fox as an actress (not as a sexual object, although that’s the most common way of looking at her by far). She’s either a rising young star who after one big success is carefully choosing her next projects as to not typecast her or stall her burgeoning career. Or, option B, she’s drooled over in every major news and internet media outlet twenty four hours a day, sits on the top of every Hot 100 list ever made, and therefore thinks she’s above “pitiful” projects like Wonder Woman and Tomb Raider despite only having one real major role to her credit.
Which option do you lean towards?
The facts are these, Megan Fox is a largely unproven actress. In her earlier teen years she did some TV acting on a Swedish show called Ocean Ave, did a guest spot or two on What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men, had a supporting role in Lindsay Lohan’s Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, then moved to Hope and Faith on USA, playing neither Hope or Faith.
Her big break, and most notable role to date was in the first Transformers movie, where her abs (and allegedly acting) impressed Michael Bay enough to land her the lead opposite Shia LeBeouf. At the time, the movie was a big gamble as nobody knew how a toy franchise turned into two hundred million dollar blockbuster with an unknown cast would fare. Fortunately for her, the film was a massive hit, and “Megan Fox” and “insanely hot” became synonyms almost immediately.
But I challenge you to name two lines she actually said in the movie.
The only time we’ve seen her onscreen since then has been in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, where she played a stuck-up, seductive, up-and-coming actress opposite Simon Pegg. Not exactly a stretch of the imagination there.
Now that her star has risen, her forthcoming projects include Jennifer’s Body, where she plays a demon possessed cheerleader who goes on a killing spree (no it’s not a Cinemax after dark special), Transformers 2, where she’ll presumably do a lot more crying, lip-pursing and bending over, and finally Jonah Hex, probably her most interesting project yet, but all anyone seems interested in is how tightly her corsets fit in the leaked shots from the set.
So really, she only has three actual film roles under her belt (one being a supporting character, another essentially playing herself). Do you think she’s earned the title of being Hollywood’s new “it” girl? Well, it seems she certainly does.
She has a damn Marilyn Monroe for tattoo for crying out loud.
Fox was offered the role of Wonder Woman, in an effort to get one of the few remaining superhero film franchises off the ground. Her response?
“Wonder Woman is a lame superhero… She flies around in her invisible jet and her weaponry is a lasso that makes you tell the truth. I just don’t get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role but I don’t want to do it.”
Yeah I mean, look at Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Tobey McGuire and Robert Downey Jr. It’s not like playing a superhero ever did anything to up their credibility as actors right?
Superheroes aren’t her bag then, and it seems video games aren’t either, as she also recently passed on playing a young Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider reboot. There’s no quote there, but if there was I’m sure it would be something like “Ew, a video game movie? As if I don’t already have enough nerds masturbating to me. What kind of real actress would take a role like that?” And the answer to that would of course be…Angelina Jolie.
Now the latest rumor is that Fox is being asked to play Buffy in the Joss Whedonless Buffy the Vampire movie remake. If trending continues, she’ll turn this one down as well, presumably due to a bias against vampires, or Whedon nerds, or dying her hair blonde.
“Vampires are gross!”
All of these movies would be huge franchises, and the fact that Fox is in them alone would make at least the debut film of each a huge success, no matter its quality. So why is she turning the roles down? It could be that she’s trying to avoid being typecast as I said earlier, and she may have a very specific mindset about where she wants her career to go, but I have another theory.
Yeah, that’s right, the sexiest woman on the planet is just a little bit insecure. Why? What do all these proposed roles have in common that her other roles she’s actually signed on for don’t? In them, she’s the star, and will have to carry a huge iconic name on her back without disappointing fans and critics alike.
In all her other roles to date and carrying on into the near future, she’s been a supporting character. Usually a love interest whose primary job is to look hot, which as we all know, she excels at. Sure in Jennifer’s Body, she may be the lead, but running around half naked stabbing cheerleaders isn’t exactly going to be the dramatic challenge of the century.
“Yeah, just give me a knife and I’ll be good to start shooting.”
I think she’s a little scared she can’t do it. That taking on a legendary mantle like Wonder Woman, Lara Croft or Buffy might be too much for her. She can say Wonder Woman is lame all she wants, but she said herself that ”Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role but I don’t want to do it.”
And that’s the problem, I don’t think she wants to be challenged. For as long as she can slide on her looks and inescapable sex appeal, that’s what she wants to do. I feel like this is the problem with many of the best looking actresses in Hollywood today (*cough* Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel) and they just stay in their comfort zone, long after we tire of them in the same “sexy” roles. It’s the less sexy ones (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster) who try to keep expanding themselves as actresses, although sometimes, you get someone who’s a combination of both (Amy Adams, Keira Knightley, Rachel McAdams).
Can Fox be a truly great actress? Sure, it’s definitely possible, but right now it’s too early to tell, and until she starts taking some real risks, we’ll never know. She may be bursting with confidence as a sex icon, but until she gets the same amount of balls as an actress, she’s already typecast herself more than a magic lasso ever could.
Take two seconds and think about it.
Note: If you’re going to mention her starring in Fathom, I’m still not entirely convinced that project exists.
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