Why Megan Fox might have the last laugh
Megan Fox has had a buzz-heavy Thursday on the Internet, with rumors raging that she'll be joining the cast of Judd Apatow's upcoming spinoff of "Knocked Up," lead by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann.
The casting adds to her already-a-good-look hiring on Jennifer Westfeldt's new comedy "Friends With Kids," alongside Jon Hamm, Adam Scott and Maya Rudolph.
Despite her Armani campaign-worthy body, Fox hasn't had a banner run of late -- take her very public firing from the "Transformers" franchise, the endless stream of ornery sound bites from interviews and several box-office disappointments.
Just last week, her low-budget drama "Passion Play" was sent directly to DVD, whereupon the Huffington Post teased said news with the headline "Megan Fox's Latest FAIL," (no condemnation, however, of supporting cast Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray).
But don't count Megan out.
This town's media cycle doesn't reward beautiful, successful women for very long (take Thursday's ridiculous attack on Natalie Portman for being engaged, pregnant and an Oscar winner), but the gigs on Fox's horizon suggest something we've always known: Beneath the big mouth and low-cut gowns, Fox is a working actress who knows her range and craves longevity.
She's managed to prove that to the indie-hearted Westfeldt and prolific Apatow; now she needs to convince the world. We believe Megan can have the last laugh, working her hot-girl shtick as far as it will take her in the right roles -- with talented filmmakers, far from the belching machismo machine of "Transformers" fare.
The sexy ad campaigns don't hurt either, as long as she makes concerted efforts to prove there's more to the imagination than lacy underwear.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Megan Fox at the 2011 Golden Globe awards. Credit: Reuters