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Last time we saw Megan Fox onscreen, she was a demon seductress -- literally, a man-eater -- in Jennifer's Body. Fox's naughty-schoolgirl posters and leather-clad Rolling Stone cover probably made more of a cultural impact than the film itself. But for her next film, Hollywood's favorite bad girl is taking a turn for the good.
Passion Plays, an indie drama set in 1950s L.A., will star Fox as an angel -- yes, an angel -- who saves musician Mickey Rourke from gangsters.
Fox's new role is notable for her transformation from sinner to saint, but also for its rarity: cheeky angels in Hollywood are almost always played by men. Think about it. John Travolta transformed his charming-bad-boy schtick into an angel-behaving-badly in Michael. Lothario Warren Beatty did the same thing in Heaven Can Wait. Even Nicholas Cage did it (with a more serious face) for City of Angels.
But when women come down to Earth to inspire mankind, they're hardly ever called angels -- they're muses (Sharon Stone in The Muse, Olivia Newton John in Xanadu) or even devils (Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees, Raquel Welch in Bedazzled). One of the very few female angels in recent memory is Emma Thompson in Angels in America -- who was very cool, but kind of sexless, and definitely didn't get any good one-liners. Maybe Megan Fox will set a new precedent for divine intervention in the movies. It would be fun to see more lead actresses wearing wings.
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