10:00 AM doesn't sound intolerably early, but I'm a night owl by nature, and this was a Sunday morning following four or five 8:30 AM mornings in a row, with a 6:30 AM morning in there for good measure.
I just barely made it to the Four Seasons in time, grabbed a quick glass of juice and bacon, because YOU DO NOT TURN DOWN FREE BACON,and took a seat in the back of the conference room. They brought in Jimmy Hayward, the director of the film, as well as Megan Fox, Josh Brolin, and producer Andrew Lazar. They got seated quickly and we jumped right into Q&A that lasted for 40 fairly spirited minutes.
The first question set the tenor for much of what followed, particularly where Megan Fox was concerned. She's on the spot right now because she's not going to be in "Transformers 3," and there's controversy about whether she left or she was fired. Josh was asked what it was like to play a comic book character who is not as well known to the public, so there's room for him to offer up his own interpretation without the crushing weight of expectation, and Megan was asked, "How is it to get away from the robots?" Yeah, nothing leading about that.
"What robots?" asked Brolin to the first of many waves of laughter during the press conference. "Coming from a comic book that refused to die... allowed us to do what we wanted to do." He went on to talk about how the core of the character is what they worked to preserve while playing loose with the details. Then all attention turned to Fox, who has a reputation for being outspoken in the past and less than political at times.