Whether she’s got to learn how to handle robots or rowdy gunslingers on saddles for her latest film, Jonah Hex, Megan Fox is ready and willing to go for it. Even if, in the case of Hex, it’s a hard-knocks hooker, she was quick to point out in this conversation there was no heart of gold as part of this deal. Aside from straightening out surly bad guys in the movie, Megan also talked big guns, small hands, tackling tiny period corsets and her strictly candy-canes-and-lollipops perspective on things—in other words, she doesn’t mind playing dark, but don’t discuss going there in the real world.
Q: What was it like to get away from robots?
MEGAN FOX: I like working on action films. I like working on movies that are comic book based, and that have this sort of theme, because there are things that I watched or loved when I was a kid. So it wasn’t really about getting away from the robots, if that’s what you’re saying. I enjoyed making both films.
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Q: How did you get into the whole hooker with a heart of gold thing?
MF: Well, I mean “hooker with a heart of gold” was not in the character breakdown when I got it, and I don’t really feel like she’s that stereotypical. Perhaps you’re responding to the fact that I’m playing the character, and that’s what makes it stereotypical! But it’s something completely different from anything that I’ve done. And no one can accuse me of doing the same thing twice! Which I’m proud of; and I just felt that it was an amazing opportunity for me to be involved in a project with all these incredible actors who were coming in to make this movie, so I just wanted to be a part of it any way that I could.
Q: Now, your not-so-happy hooker is a pretty mysterious woman. What did you figure out about Lilah’s back story?
MF: Well, Josh [Brolin] 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 sort of treated her the way that he did, and was not able to love. So we sort of came up with a back story between the two of us, of why and what things had gone on in the past. You know, why she was so dedicated to him and so loyal, and hurt for him so badly.
Q: Josh says you’re the real deal as a female with a feisty rebel streak who could go into the action stuff and hold your own. How do you feel about that?
MF: I think it’s wonderful. I appreciate it, and I’m humbled by the comments.
Q: So what was more challenging, the action or squeezing into that retro corset?
MF: Actually, there was one scene, one gunfight scene that stunts had been choreographed for, I think, a couple of weeks, and I showed up and I had minutes to get it down and to rehearse it. And it was really difficult for me to shoot the old style, the gunslinger guns because I have tiny little baby hands! And they’re really large and really heavy, so just the physicality of actually having to pull that off was really difficult. But this was more action-heavy for me. It was more intricate, the action in this movie, than in previous movies that I’ve done.
Q: But how about that corset?
MF: I loved the corset! But when I showed up for camera tests, everyone was kind of horrified—they thought that I was in pain! Or that I was hurting or that something was wrong with me, because my waist was so small. But I enjoyed it, and I wish that they’d come back into style!
Q: Was that corset historically accurate, either for hookers or regular women back then?
MF: I’m not the person to ask! But I would assume.
Q: This is a really dark story with a running theme of retribution and don’t get mad, get even. Does that sort of thing ever figure in your own life?
MF: I don’t even know what that means! I’m all full of candy canes and lollipops.