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Megan Fox: tamer than usual

arts-megan-fox-reuters-392.jpg Cast member Megan Fox answers a question at a news conference for Jennifer's Body. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Jennifer’s Body has a sexy promo and rockin’ sensibility, but the mood at the film’s noon-hour TIFF press conference at the Sutton Place Hotel on Friday was surprisingly somber.

Despite her rep for saucy quips, Megan Fox – the horror-comedy’s titular evil teen – turned on her verbal feistiness just twice: the first time when asked why someone who’s not a horror fan (which she and co-star Amanda Seyfried both admitted) chose to star in one.

“If I were to use my talking points from the studio, I would call it a ‘sexy thriller with a wicked sense of humour.’ It’s a comedy with horror elements, but it’s not a frightening scary movie where you’re going to lose sleep over it,” Fox declared in a slight huff.

The Transformers star also briefly poked fun at that infamous blockbuster while discussing how refreshing it was to work with femme filmmakers Karyn Kusama (director) and Diablo Cody (screenwriter and executive producer).

“We were real people in this real town and [Kusama] showed the beauty in that,” Fox said. “You don’t have to look like this airbrushed Cosmopolitan cover all the time. And I didn’t have to bend over a bike, which was nice.”

Oscar-winner Cody eventually noted – as a sort of apology for the general languidness – that the Jennifer’s Body team had stayed up late for an extended Q&A session after the film’s Midnight Madness launch Thursday.

Thank goodness for the passionate responses Cody and Kusama offered to the handful of reporters present (who were incidentally outnumbered by photographers and cameramen).

“I kind of feel like [the teenage years are] a naturally precipitous place to be. Horror movies, in my opinion, speak to the terror that young people feel and can’t articulate,” Kusama said.

-- Jessica Wong

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