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Megan Fox is a martyr—or so she once believed.
The actress graces the December cover of Cosmopolitan U.K. (on newsstands Oct. 30), in which she speaks candidly about her public firing from the Transformers franchise in 2009. Around that time, in an interview with Wonderland, she spoke ill of director Michael Bay, saying, "He wants to create this insane, infamous madman reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is." Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was cast as Fox's replacement, and in 2011, Bay told GQ producer Steven Spielberg had told him to "fire" Fox. (Spielberg later denied his claim.)
Fox and Bay eventually made peace, and the actress went on to star in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise (which he produced). Still, life after Transformers wasn't easy. "That was absolutely the low point of my career. But without 'that thing,' I wouldn't have learned as quickly as I did. All I had to do was apologize—and I refused. I was so self-righteous at 23, I couldn't see [that] it was for the greater good," Fox admits. "I really thought I was Joan of Arc."