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Megan Fox Talks About 'Jonah Hex'

Megan Fox on Corsets, Action Scenes, and 'Jonah Hex'


Megan Fox corset photo from Jonah Hex

Megan Fox in 'Jonah Hex.'

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June 13, 2010 - When it came time to cast the role of the prostitute who has a special connection with Jonah Hex (played by Josh Brolin) in Jonah Hex, director Jimmy Hayward and producer Andrew Lazar turned to Megan Fox - no stranger to big action films - to play Lilah. At the LA press day for the Warner Bros Pictures film, producer Lazar explained why Fox was the right choice for the role.

"[...]The role of Lilah actually has some depth to it as well. It’s not just an action movie, there’s dramatic scenes. We really felt that there’s an edge that Megan has as an actress, that she can play both tough, and that longing, that she wants to get out of her life and connect to Jonah. We thought that it was a great match. And I have to say that Josh actually did have a little bit to do with that casting too. The studio and myself were both thinking of Megan, and I think Josh sent me an email saying, 'I think I have a really good idea who might play Lilah. What do you think of Megan Fox?' and I said, 'Yeah, that’s a really great idea.'" And the rest, as they say, is history.

Fox joined her onscreen love interest and director Hayward and producer Lazar for a press conference to discuss the comic book-inspired film. And while they participated as a group in the press event, this is just Fox's part of the Q&A session.

Megan Fox Jonah Hex Q&A

What was it like to get away from those robots?

Megan Fox: "I like working on action films, and I like working on movies that are comic book-based, or that have this theme, because they’re things I watched or loved as a kid. So it wasn’t really about getting away from the robots, if that’s what you were saying. I enjoyed making both films."

Megan, having done other action movies in the past, what was more challenging, doing the action scenes in this movie or squeezing into that corset every day?

Megan Fox: "Actually, there was one gunfight scene that stunts had been choreographing for a couple of weeks and I had minutes 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 heavy. So just the physicality of having to pull that off was really difficult. This was more action-heavy for me. It was more intricate, the action, in this movie, than in previous movies that I’ve done."

What about that corset?

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

Historically, is that what women of the day, or women of the night, wore?

Megan Fox: "I’m not the person to ask about that, but I would assume so."

Did you come up with a backstory for your character?

Megan Fox: "Well, 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 backstory between the two of us, what things had gone on in the past, and why she was so dedicated and loyal to him."

A lot of women in Hollywood are beginning to develop their own projects for production companies. Do you see directing soon in your future?

Megan Fox: "Definitely not directing. I have absolutely no skill set that would suggest that I would be able to do something like that. Possibly producing at some point, if that. If I were able to, I’d like to get into that, sure."

When you get a character described as a hooker with a heart of gold, what do you say to yourself about making this clichéd character something real or convincing?

Megan Fox: "Well, hooker with a heart of gold was not in the character breakdown when I got it, but I felt like it was an amazing opportunity for me to be involved in a project with Josh, and John Malkovich, and Fassbender, with all these incredible actors, who were coming in to make this movie. I just wanted to be a part of it any way that I could. I don’t really feel like she’s that stereotypical. Perhaps you’re responding to the fact that I’m playing the character, that that sort of makes it stereotypical. It’s something completely different from anything I’ve done, and no one can accuse me of doing the same thing twice, which I’m proud of."

Do you feel like you have to take liberties, or do you want to take liberties, with your roles?

Megan Fox: "Well, I feel like it’s impossible to please the hardcore comic book fans, because they’ll never be happy no matter what you do. I go on to Lord of the Rings forums, because I’m a fan, and they’ll complain that Frodo was eating the Lumbas bread outside of Mordor instead of the mines of Moria, and they get really mad. But Peter Jackson and company won like, 30-something Oscars so you can’t focus completely on pleasing them, because you’ll never win and then you’re excluding a whole other world of people who weren’t aware of the comic in the first place. So I think you have to take some kind of liberties to make it into a live action film or it wouldn’t work."

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

Megan Fox: "I don’t know. I think I’ve maintained the same relationships that I’ve had before this happened to me, and I kept people close to me that I love and respect, and I’ve distanced myself from the Hollywood crowd. I don’t go out and socialize that way. I’m very domestic, and I think that keeps me sane. My personal relationships keep me grounded."

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