Jonah Hex - Megan Fox
Lilah (Megan Fox) © Warner Bros

Megan Fox’s career took off at the age of 21 when she was cast in the box office sensation, Transformers. She’s now co-starring with Josh Brolin in the movie version of the DC Comics graphic novel Jonah Hex, portraying Lilah, a prostitute who is Hex’s sole connection to humanity.

When Jonah Hex’s (Brolin) family is brutally murdered, and his face mutilated with a branding iron by terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), he becomes a bounty hunter with nothing to live for, but the love he feels for Lilah.

I spoke with Megan Fox about the movie and her rapid rise to fame at such a young age.

What was it about this project that attracted you?

Lilah (Megan Fox) and Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) © Warner Bros

I felt it was an amazing opportunity to be in a project with Josh and with John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender and all these incredible actors, and I wanted to be part of it in any way that I could. I don’t feel like she’s stereotypical. It’s something completely different from anything I’ve done and no one can accuse me of doing the same thing twice and I’m proud of that.

Are you confident about taking liberties with the character fans know from the graphic novel?

I feel it’s impossible to please the hard core comic book fans because they’ll never be happy no matter what you do. I’m a Lord of the Rings fan and I’ll go on the forums, and they complain (about the smallest things), and they get really mad. (Yet) Peter Jackson and company won like 30-something Oscars for that movie. So you can’t focus completely on pleasing them because you’ll never win and you’re excluding a whole other world of people who weren’t aware of the comic in the first place. So you have to take some liberties to make it into a live-action film or it wouldn’t work.

What was the most challenging aspect of making this movie?

Lilah (Megan Fox) and Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) © Warner Bros

There was one gunfight scene that stunts had been choreographing for I think a couple of weeks, and I showed up and I had a minute to get it down and rehearse it. And it was really difficult for me to shoot the old-style gunslinger guns because I have tiny little baby hands, and they’re really large and really heavy, so just the physicality of actually having to pull that off was really difficult. This was more action heavy for me. The action was more intricate in the movie than in previous movies that I’ve done.

How was it squeezing into that corset?

I loved the corset. When I showed up for camera tests everyone thought I was in pain, or I was hurting or something was wrong with me, because my waist was so small, but I enjoyed it and I wish they’d come back into style.

Did you build up a back-story for your character’s relationship with Jonah?

Josh and I had a conversation about what their past relationship could have been and why she would be so dedicated and so in love with someone who treated her the way that he did, and was not able to love. We came up with a back-story between the two of us as to what had gone on in the past and why she was so dedicated to him and so loyal and hurt for him so badly.

It’s been a crazy few years for you. How have you handled everything and not gone insane?

Lilah (Megan Fox) and Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) © Warner Bros

I don’t know. I think I’ve maintained the same relationships that I’ve had before this happened to me. I’ve kept people close to me that I love and respect and that have looked out for me and taken care of me. I had distanced myself from the Hollywood crowd. I don’t really go out and socialize that way. Oddly, you wouldn’t think it but I’m very domestic and I think that keeps me sane, just my personal relationships have kept me grounded.

Are you as rebellious at 24 as some people have said?

The people who have made it to this level of fame for whatever reason, whether it’s deserved or not, have to be a strong person to survive it. It’s very difficult to be under the microscope every moment of every day. Everything that leaves your mouth becomes this sensationalized news story, no matter what your intentions were when you first said it. So, it becomes overwhelming. Am I that rebellious? I think there are many sides to me. I think the only thing that is rebellious about me is that I don’t have a lot of fears as far as this industry is concerned, and I’ll do things that other people may be afraid to do or afraid to say. But, in my personal life, I’m actually very responsible with my personal relationships and things like that.

What movies do you have coming up?

I have a movie with Mickey Rourke hopefully coming out this fall called Passion Play. I was really excited to work on it and I’m really proud of it. It was an amazing experience making that movie.

It’s a modern film noir and Mickey’s character is a trumpet player who’s down on his luck. He was a heroin addict and he comes across my character, who’s part of a traveling freak show. She has bird wings that sprouted out of her back when she went through puberty. It’s this bizarre strange relationship that they have and it follows them and it’s very tragic.

Judy Sloane

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