Like a werewolf only appearing during a full moon, Megan Fox spends 29 days a month openly loathing her acting career and the last day or so keeping the cashflow rolling in.
After starring as intrepid reporter April O’Neil in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Fox told Parents.com that her heart basically isn’t in it.
“I’ve never been an extraordinarily ambitious girl or career-oriented, but especially once I got pregnant with my first son and now (having) my second, it’s so hard to be a working mom especially when your heart is not in your work, when your heart is with your family.”
It’s unclear whether a movie like TMNT could even be demanding enough to notice if one of its actors was actively checked out during the shoot, but we shouldn’t give Fox a pass just because she phoned in a role that didn’t ask much of her in the first place.
At her best, it was clear Fox was never going to blow people away with her performances, but at the very least she was trying. Now, she is publicly saying she just doesn’t care any more. That’s too bad.
She goes on to tell the website:
“I have to make one movie a year because I have to invest in their future and I have to be able to pay their way through college and be able to provide for them.”
In other words, Fox goes to work for the same reason we all do – grind out the hours until we can clock out in order to bring home the bacon for the family. The difference being that with acting there is some expectation that the person wants to do it. The idea of accepting million dollar paychecks for projects you artistically don’t care about strikes me as scummier than the 9-to-5 life the rest of us live. In a creative medium like acting, we want people to have passion for the things they do.
That isn’t to say Fox is the only actor to ever take a paycheck at the expense of integrity, a cursory read through of Nicholas Cage’s IMDB page reveals that, but I’ve never read an interview where Cage would say he doesn’t like acting at all. He just plays the game that Hollywood has set and reaps the benefit. Fox makes it sound as if acting is sinful.
We recently gave Adam Sandler a hard time for basically admitting that he does movies because he wants to make money and they are a good excuse to go on vacation, but Fox’s admission is worse.
Sandler may love money more than he loves making good movies, but his crime is in his condescension towards the audience, not the medium. Unlike Sandler, Fox has repeatedly suggested that she is openly contemptuous of acting in general. That’s unfortunate because there are a lot of people who are struggling every day in Hollywood to fill the roles Fox gets because she wants to reload her savings account.
In summary, coming this Summer (and every summer after that until her kids get through college) one Megan Fox movie where she can be heard asking if the check cleared just off camera.