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    Megan Fox Just Opened Up About The Backlash She Faced In The '00s And That Michael Bay Interview

    "We live in a culture where it’s a game to be the most hateful to get the most attention."

    So, people have recently been re-examining Megan Fox's career with 2020 vision — from a resurfaced clip where Megan talks about appearing in a Michael Bay movie in a bikini under a waterfall at age 15 to audience laughs, to analysis of the marketing misfire and hyper criticism of Megan's starring role in Jennifer's Body.

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    Well, Megan herself just got super candid about the scrutiny and the post–Michael Bay backlash she faced in the '00s in an interview with Refinery29.

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    The interview comes ahead of Fox's upcoming action film Rogue, which is directed by M.J. Bassett. “[I wanted] to make Megan credible, rather than this sex object that’s she so frequently used for by male filmmakers,” M.J. said about the movie.

    "Why did I live for a decade thinking that I was shit at something, when I was actually pretty decent at it?" she began. "That led to this realization that I’d been in a self-imposed prison for so much of my life.”

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    When asked about the new takes on her career, she continued, "Of course I look back and think — it would have been nice if any of you had seen this at that time that there was a bandwagon of absolute toxicity being spewed at me for years. But, I appreciate the reversal of it."

    The conversation also broached the topic of her now-infamous 2009 interview with Wonderland, where she referred to Michael Bay as "Hitler" and "a nightmare to work for."

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    She was fired from the Transformers series shortly after.

    "The quote in its entirety, it was almost too flippant. Somehow, I would have been villainized in the telling of that story even today," she remarked.

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    "I would have had to approach it and deliver it in a different way."

    More broadly, she said that she took in many of the mean and hateful things people said about her. "We have to be careful with our words — they’re powerful. That’s something I wish most people would understand. We live in a culture where it’s a game to be the most hateful to get the most attention. It’s not funny."

    You can read Megan's full interview and more about Rogue here.

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