Megan Fox starred in two of the biggest movies ever made, but both of those movies were called Transformers, and Fox didn’t have much to do in either one besides bare her midriff and stare blankly at special effects. Fox’s real genius was in self-promotion. She had a knack for tossing out brilliantly casual soundbites (She had a crush on a lady stripper! She compared Michael Bay to Adolf Hitler!). She talked about sex and had lots of gonzo tattoos, which made her seem like the hot-zombie-resurrection of Angelina Jolie 2001. But Fox’s first major starring role, 2009’s horror-comedy-something Jennifer’s Body, was a miserable flop, and since then she’s only appeared in the terrible Jonah Hex and the equally-terrible-but-fortunately-barely released Passion Play. Which makes the Hollywood Reporter’s claim that Megan Fox is currently negotiating to star in Judd Apatow’s next movie seem like a true watershed moment for the actress. Since Fox is currently filming a role in Jennifer Westfeldt’s comedy Friends with Kids, it’s worth asking: Can Fox kickstart her career by moving into comedy?
Personally, I think it’s a good move for the starlet. A shift into comedy has proven to be a huge career boon for plenty of overexposed stars – see, Gwyneth Paltrow guest-starring Glee or Tom Cruise in his hilarious Tropic Thunder cameo. Also, as one of the very few people who saw Jennifer’s Body, I think Fox has some yet-untapped comedic chops. Fox’s problem is that she’s already a larger-than-life personality, so it’s hard to see her casually tossing one-liners back and forth with the Apatow guys. But in Jennifer’s Body, she was basically playing a more elaborate version of her media self – vampy, foul-mouthed, gleefully aware of her cruel mean-girl hotness – and she nailed it. (Too many great lines to choose from, but here’ s my favorite: “PMS isn’t real. It was invented by the boy-run media to make us seem like we’re crazy.”)
PopWatchers, would you want to see Megan Fox make a go of it in comedy? It can’t be worse than Jonah Hex, right? RIGHT?!?!?!
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