Megan Fox prepares to return to the horror genre after blaming the failure of Jennifer’s Body on the backlash against her public image.
Jennifer’s Body, which was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama was released in 2009, and unfortunately the movie performed poorly at the box office and earned mixed reviews.
However, since its release, Jennifer’s Body has been reassessed as a modern feminist movie.
Megan recently spoke out about the changing fortunes of Jennifer’s Body and also explained why she believes the movie never stood a chance.
In a recent interview on Eli Roth’s History of Horror Uncut podcast, the actress noted that she was happy for Cody and Kusama for their hard work to make the project a success. "I was being vilified a little bit when the movie was getting ready for its release, it was that interesting juxtaposition to shooting up to extreme heights of fame right before the movie was released and then … the tearing me down was starting to happen. Then I had this immediate fallout with someone I worked with in the industry. That happened right when I was on the press tour for Jennifer’s Body. I think it all sort of exploded at once," she said. "I think people definitely viewed me as negative or having bad intentions or just being really shallow and selfish, if it could be reduced and simplified even to that."
Megan might be referring to her controversial comments regarding Michael Bay, in which he compared the director to Hitler.
Megan's Transformers character was written out of the franchise due to the remarks. It also sparked conflicting reports about who made the decision to fire the actress.
However, even as the promotion for Jennifer’s Body was ramping up, the public view of Megan wasn't particularly charitable. Some pointed out the insensitivity of her comparison, while others took issue with her work ethic.
Even after collaborating on 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, Megan's public persona clashed with her professional career.
Writer, Cody, also expressed that the movie was marketed incorrectly and that the promotion of it failed in appealing to a potential audience of young women. One of the biggest issues they had to face was the lack of diverse perspective among mainstream critics, such as reviewers who criticised the film, saying it neglected to truly engage with its themes and overall message.
Thankfully, social media, which has assisted in the emergence of a more diverse group of pop culture writers, Jennifer’s Body has garnered more balanced reexaminations.