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Megan Fox on Michael Bay: 'He wants to be like Hitler.'

September 2, 2009 |  5:42 pm

Megan fox Let's be frank. I'm not sure if Megan Fox, the sultry starlet of "Transformers" fame, actually knows all that much about Hitler, other than the fact that he had a mustache, makes a brief appearance for some reason in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and -- if you believe various right-wing nut-jobs -- seems to have promoted a healthcare plan back in the 1930s that was a lot like the one the Democrats are trying to ram through Congress this year. (OK, I'm not actually sure Fox knows that last part at all.)

But having been on a few movie sets in recent years, Fox sure knows a Type A dictatorial personality type when she sees one, which must be why in this new interview with Wonderland magazine, she decided to compare "Transformers" director Michael Bay to the notoriously madcap leader of the Third Reich. (The interview with Fox was actually designed to promote her upcoming fall release, "Jennifer's Body," but why talk about yet another bloody horror-comedy thriller when you can wax eloquent about Michael Bay.)

Michael bay At any rate, as Fox puts it: "[Michael] wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. It's endearing to watch him. He's so vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set, he's a tyrant." 

Hmmmm: hopelessly awkward, vulnerable, no social skills and a nightmare to work for. Actually, what boy wonder filmmaker from the past 40 years does that description not apply to? 

Photo of Megan Fox by Matt Sayles / AP

Photo of Michael Bay by Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times