Megan Fox's option to appear in "Transformers 3" has been dropped, a decision ultimately made by director Michael Bay, a new report says.
After two hugely successful films and numerous resulting controversies about the working relationship between Bay and his breakout star, the mega-bot franchise is now seeking a new love interest for top-liner Shia LaBeouf.
Reps for Fox and Paramount Pictures have yet to respond to requests for comment.
As with any family, issues lead to tissues — and there's a laundry list of conflict between the two. First, there was an alleged directive for Fox to pile on some pounds. Then, after the sequel had dominated the global box office, Fox likened Bay's on-set style to that of Adolf Hitler.
Crew members did not respond well, labeling the actress "dumb as a rock." Still, her intellectual virtue was defended by higher-ups at the studio. Then last fall, when the third picture went into production, Bay welcomed Fox back to the franchise with crossed arms.
"Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture," Bay wrote in an open letter.
"Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you."
So it wasn't always paradise. LaBeouf himself admitted last week in Cannes that the "heart was gone" from the second film. Does Fox's absence mean its sex appeal is kaput? Give us your thoughts in comments.
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: Megan Fox, who will next appear in "Jonah Hex," opening June 18. Credit: Getty Images.