Yesterday we reported on Megan Fox’s desire to be taken seriously as an actress. Some of our readers commented that she should avoid skin-baring roles and hold out for something more substantial, possibly with an independent film whose production team would love to have a recognized name and face like Fox’s attached to the project, if she wants to be taken more seriously and offered fewer roles as a stripper or attractive airhead.
In light of today’s news, it’s a bit confusing why Megan was complaining at all. Apparently, she will join Mickey Rourke in the indie drama Passion Plays. Fox will costar as an angel in whom Rourke’s character finds redemption after saving her from a gangster. The film is set in 1950s Los Angeles, which raises a couple of very interesting questions in light of yesterday’s discussion about Megan’s recent complaints.
First, how will Megan hold up as an actress in an independent period piece? Granted, THR’s Risky Biz Blog reports that Fox’s character in Passion Plays is described in part as “a slender beauty with wings”, which indicates once more that her physical appearance probably played a role in the casting choice, but from the film’s description it sounds like this independent feature—written and directed by Mitch Glazer—will be a dramatic one, most likely calling for a large amount of that “talent” that Megan’s been talking about lately. Second, how will her performance compare to Oscar-winner Marissa Tomei’s in The Wrestler? Starring as Rourke’s woman of redemption in Passion Plays will, of course, put Megan Fox in direct comparison to Tomei’s most recent performance as the aging, single-mother and stripper that Rourke’s character looks to for salvation in The Wrestler.
At this point, Passion Plays is still in the pre-production stages, so it’s a wait-and-see situation. Aside from other casting announcements, the only questions that remain are these: will we have to see Rourke’s old wrinkled ass in order to see Megan Fox scantily clad? Will Megan Fox be scantily clad in Passion Plays?