According to her former co-star, Shia LaBeouf, whatever clashes Fox and Bay had on set resulted from Fox not feeling at home with Bay’s, shall we say, unsubtle style.
“Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women,” LaBeouf tells the L.A. Times. “Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it.
“This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There’s no time for ‘I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.'”
We’ll leave it to you to figure out what “Spice Girl strength” is. But apparently LaBeouf’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” co-star, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, doesn’t have a problem with Bay, or presumably with accepting her sexiness.
“Rosie comes with this Victoria’s Secret background, and she’s comfortable with it,” LaBeouf says (Bay, in fact, directed Huntington-Whiteley in a VS commercial in 2009. “So she can get down with Mike’s way of working and it makes the whole set vibe very different.”
OK then. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” opens June 29.