She feuded with “Transformers” director Michael Bay.
Fox became well-known for her role as Mikaela Banes in the 2007 film “Transformers” and the 2009 film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
During a 2009 interview with Wonderland Magazine, however, the actress ignited a feud with the films’ director Michael Bay.
“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it’s endearing to watch him. He’s vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he’s a tyrant.”
Her comments led to a drawn-out conflict between her and Bay, she told The New York Times several months later. And in response, the “Transformers” crew published an open letter responding to Fox’s comments and called her “a classless, graceless, and shall we say unfriendly b—-.”
“I got myself in this whole mess, but it doesn’t matter. I know that the things they said about me in the crew letter were not true, but Bay is not happy with some of the things I’ve said about him. I was waiting for someone to defend me, to say, ‘That’s not accurate,’ but nobody did. I think it’s because I’m a girl. They left me out there to be bludgeoned to death,” she told The New York Times.
Bay and Fox eventually made amends and worked together on the 2014 film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
“I had to ride out two years of very negative press. There’s this perception that I was sort of thrown out of Hollywood. The positive thing was that it forced me to be very introspective and go, ‘You were not totally right in this situation.’ I reached out to him, and we had a very genuine exchange. From that point forward, it was good,” she told The New York Times in 2016.