LaBeouf: ‘Fox Was Too Spice Girl For Transformers Director’

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June 3, 2011 | 7:00pm EST

Megan Fox walked away from the Transformers film franchise because she hated the idea of becoming a sex symbol for lusty teenage action movie fans, according to her co-star.
Shia LaBeouf has revealed Fox and director Michael Bay never got along, and, full of girl power, she decided not to reprise her Mikaela Banes role in the upcoming third Transformers film.

LaBeouf tells the Los Angeles Times, “Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker (because of) the way he films women.

“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 she 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.'”

Fox has been replaced as the leading lady in the franchise by British model/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

LaBeouf insists his new Transformers love interest is a perfect fit for Bay: “Rosie 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.”