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Shia LaBeouf Says Megan Fox’s ‘Spice Girl Strength’ Cost Her Transformers

Shia LaBeouf was on the inside when director Michael Bay replaced Megan Fox for the third Transformers movie, and he has some eccentrically voiced thoughts about what went down. "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 explained to the LAT. "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." Also contributing to Fox's discomfort: Bay's bellicose shooting style. "When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk," said LaBeouf. "We're on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There's no time for [LaBeouf assumes a gentle voice] 'I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.'" Feel free to imagine how Bay might actually have given out a command like that in the comments. [Hero Complex/LAT]

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