06/20/2011 AT 6:40 PM ET
In the run-up to shooting Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Megan Fox told a British magazine that director Michael Bay “wants to be like Hitler on his sets” and that he’s “a nightmare to work for.”
A few months later, she got her walking papers. But it wasn’t Bay who made the call, the director says.
“She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused,” Bay tells the July issue of GQ, on newsstands Tuesday. “And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven said, ‘Fire her right now.’ “