Bay said in June 2009 that Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg, Fox starred alongside Mickey Rourke in Passion Play.The film's poor reception at the Toronto Film festival led to its conventional theatrical distribution being bypassed for a direct-to-video release, with only two screens briefly showing the film to fulfill contractual obligations.In 2012, Fox appeared briefly in Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy The Dictator and had a featured role in Judd Apatow's comedy This Is 40.
Call Megan Fox the first bona fide sex symbol of the 21st century." Scholar Marc Di Paolo stated that Fox achieved instant fame as Mikaela in Transformers because a "highly sexualized, erotically idealized figure draped over a car or motorcycle invariably evokes lust in the heterosexual male onlooker" and Fox did this by "merely leaning low over the hood of a yellow Camaro wearing a flimsy pink belly shirt and impossibly short denim skirt".
Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Breakthrough Performance", and was also nominated for three Teen Choice Awards.
reprising her role as Mikaela in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
To Di Paolo, this pose read as "an unequivocal sex invite" to male viewers.
Scholars Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster disagreed that every woman in Hollywood is marketed as a sex symbol, and stated that Fox's "celebrity is based on what she admits is an entirely artificial construct designed for dissemination in the Internet age, a 21st-century media personality in every sense of the word." Fox's public image came under scrutiny when, on September 11, 2009, an unsigned letter from three crew members of Transformers defended Michael Bay against accusations made by Fox about his on-set behavior, including a comparison with Hitler.