Two years ago, Megan Fox was thrust to stardom with her starring role in Transformers. She returns in the sequel, once again playing Sam Witwicky’s (Shia LaBeouf) girlfriend, Mikaela, who along with Sam, and a whole slew of Autobots, saved the world from the evil invading Decepticons. They now face a new danger, an ancient Decepticon named The Fallen.
What has changed for you since you made the first Transformers?
I think, the movie, its success and how well it was received, has opened a lot of doors for me career-wise and I’ve been able to be a part of some films that I don’t really feel like I deserved to have been a part of and that’s due greatly, if not solely, to the success of Transformers. I just did Jonah Hex with Josh Brolin, Michael Fasbinder and John Malkovich, actors don’t generally get those opportunities and, for me to have that is a huge blessing and that’s because of the success of this movie.
The first Transformers might have introduced you to the world of playing against creatures that are put in later by computer. Was it easier this time?
It was definitely easier because we had seen them at this point. We’ve seen Optimus and we’re heard his voice and we know how he moved. It’s the same with all of the robots. Once you’re able to visualize something’s present, it’s a lot easier to think and act with it. I think those scenes are some of the easiest to shoot. I enjoy them because we’ve gotten good at being able to synchronize and pick an eyeline and you basically scream your dialogue at it and you avoid the area where you know it is. We end up usually doing a ton of takes, because ILM needs them to be specific. The light needs to be right and they need to be able to add it in and make it look the way that they do. It wasn’t that difficult this time around.
How did Shia’s hand injury affect the shooting of the movie?
I think we were very lucky for Shia’s commitment to this movie. He showed up with his injury and acted as if he didn’t have an injury and still went balls to the wall and completely committed and did things that were not safe for him to do, but he wanted this movie to be as real as possible so I think that helped everyone else a lot.
What is it like for you to see yourself on the big IMAX screen?
I haven’t seen the movie in IMAX. I just saw it for the first time a couple of days ago when we were in London. I usually don’t watch myself. I don’t watch playback. I don’t look at still photos. I have a phobia of it. I forced myself to sit down. I basically shot an entire glass of champagne so that I could get through the screening of it and I was really, really pleasantly surprised. Halfway through I was overcome with genuine emotion and I wanted to hug Michael. I had gratitude to him for making this movie. It so far surpassed by expectations. I think the character is sexy but women in movies in general, are sexy, especially in Michael’s movies. He knows how to make movies that get people in the theater.