New York Film Locations

One Week With Megan Fox: Day Two

11 August 2020

This week, otsoNY is running a special feature on actress Megan Fox. Today's focus is the film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows", which was shot in New York City, in particular Times Square.

At 15, Megan Fox made her acting debut in the 2001 film “Holiday in the Sun”, as spoiled heiress Brianna Wallace and rival of Alex Stewart, which was released direct-to-DVD on 20th November 2001. In the next several years, she guest-starred on “What I Like About You” and “Two and a Half Men”, as well as being an un-credited extra in “Bad Boys II”.

In 2004, she made her film debut in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” co-starring opposite Lindsay Lohan, playing the supporting role of Carla Santini, a rival of Lohan. Fox was also cast in a regular role on the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith”, in which she portrayed Sydney Shanowski, replacing Nicole Paggi. Fox appeared in seasons 2 to 3, until the show was cancelled by ABC in May 2006.

In 2007, Fox won the lead female role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 live-action film “Transformers”, based on the toy and cartoon saga of the same name. Fox played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky. Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of ‘Breakthrough Performance’, and was also nominated for three Teen Choice Awards. She had signed on for two more “Transformers” sequels, reprising her role as Mikaela in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”. There was some controversy surrounding Fox's appearance while filming the sequel when Michael Bay, the film's director, ordered the actress to gain 10 pounds. The film was released worldwide on 24th June 2009.

Fox was to star in the third instalment, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, but was not included because of her statements comparing working under director Bay to working for Hitler. Bay said in June 2009 that Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg, a claim Spielberg challenged.

In 2009, Fox had her first lead role since the “Transformers” series; she portrayed the title character in “Jennifer's Body”, written by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. In April 2009, she began filming “Jonah Hex”, in which she portrayed Leila, a gun-wielding beauty and Jonah Hex's love interest. The film was released on 18th June 2010. Despite receiving top billing, Fox described her role in the film as being a cameo. “Jonah Hex” was a critical and commercial failure in the U.S., with its international distribution cancelled after its poor performance. The film was named the ‘worst picture of the year’ by the Houston Film Critics Society.

Day Three: More from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows


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