Megan Fox announced Monday that she wouldn’t be walking the red carpet at that evening’s premiere for new new crime thriller Midnight In The Switchgrass.
The 35-year-old actress announced via a representative that she was skipping the premiere over safety concerns related to a rise in cases of Covid-19.
‘Due to the recent California mask mandate and rise of COVID cases, Megan Fox will no longer be attending the premiere tonight,’ her rep said in an email to reporters covering the premiere shortly beforehand. ‘We appreciate your understanding.’
Safety first: Megan Fox, 35, shared via a rep on Monday that she was skipping that night’s Midnight In The Switchgrass premiere in LA due to rising Covid cases and LA County’s new mask mandate; seen in May 2021
The premiere is being held at the large Regal LA Live multiplex in Downtown Los Angeles.
Following the outdoor lineup of celebrities, the serial killer thriller will be screened indoors.
Director Randall Emmett, who’s engaged to Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent, was set to be at the premiere, as were the cast members Lukas Haas, Caitlin Carmichael, Sistine Stallone and Olive Abercrombie.
Notably, the biggest stars of the film seem to be skipping the event, including Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch and Megan’s boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly.
Sitting it out: Other stars, including Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch, appeared to be skipping as well, and photographers weren’t allowed to the afterparty to decrease attendance; still from Midnight In The Switchgrass
Photographers were also barred from an after party in order to decrease the number of people attending, Variety reports.
Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Los Angeles Country reintroduced a requirement for people to wear masks in all indoor establishments amid rising Covid-19 cases.
The increase has been driven by the spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is more contagious than the version of the virus that spread throughout the US last year. It’s also believed to be more deadly.
So far, most experts believe that vaccinated people are well-equipped to resist the variant, and even those who have a rare ‘breakthrough infection,’ in which the virus is able to bypass the vaccine, are significantly less likely to get seriously sick or to be hospitalized.
However, as more unvaccinated people are sickened with the Delta variant of Covid-19, it increases the odds that vaccinated people could also get sick.
Tense: She and Bruce star as FBI agents trying to bust a sex-trafficking ring who come across a serial killer. When she’s captured, her partner has to try to save her before time runs out
Megan and Bruce lead the film as FBI agents Rebecca Lombardi and her partner Karl Helter, respectively.
The duo are near a bust on a sex-trafficking ring when they run across the path of a notorious serial killer operating down south.
They team up with another agent from Florida (Hirsch) to catch the killer, but he abducts Megan’s character, forcing the two men to work overtime to save her before it’s too late.
The film is very loosely based on the real-life Truck Stop Killer, who was apprehended in 1990, though he was caught while in the act of torturing his victims, rather than being caught by investigators on his tale.
The killer, Robert Ben Rhoades, is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Calculated: Megan admitted to Who What Wear that she only agreed to be in her new movie Midnight in the Switchgrass in order to meet co-star Machine Gun Kelly (pictured in 2020)
In a recent interview for the July edition of Who What Wear, Megan claimed that she had only agreed to star in Midnight In The Switchgrass in order to meet her costar, 31-year-old Machine Gun Kelly (real name: Colson Baker).
‘It was definitely a vehicle — I’ll be honest — for me to meet Colson,’ she said.
‘I knew he was gonna be in the movie, but the universe was just like, “Go do this. There’s something about this experience that’ll be really rewarding for you.”‘
According to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star, there was an immediate connection with her future boyfriend when they met on set.
‘When I met [MGK], I knew instantly that this is a soul I’ve travelled with before, that this was a soulmate connection, and that there was a purpose here,’ she gushed.
‘There was my logical brain chiming and being like, “This will never work for 101 reasons,”‘ one of the reasons being that MGK was staying with his girlfriend Sommer Ray at the time.
Prior to coupling up with the rapper-turned-rocker, Megan was married to Beverly Hills, 90210 star Brian Austin Green, 48, with whom she shares three young boys: Noah, eight, Bodhi, seven, and Journey, four.
Longtime couple: Prior to coupling up with MGK, Megan was married to actor Brian Austin Green, 48, with whom she shares three boys: Noah, eight, Bodhi, seven, and Journey, four