Shia LaBeouf explains the Bay-Fox disconnect on “Transformers”

By Sean O’Connell Michael Bay’s “Transformers” franchise blows into theaters this summer (over the coveted July 4 holiday)., with one noticeable omission. Megan Fox, who played Shia LaBeouf’s girlfriend in the first two films, has been replaced by model-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

What happened? LaBeouf attempts to explain as “Dark of the Moon” looms.

“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 Los Angeles 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.”

As for Huntington-Whiteley, LaBeouf explains that she “comes with this Victoria’s Secret background, and she’s comfortable with it, so she can get down with Mike’s way of working and it makes the whole set vibe very different.”

But will it make for a better film? We’ll find out when “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” opens in theaters on June 29.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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