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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shia LaBeouf Transforms Into a Lothario

Apparently actor Shia LaBeouf kisses and tells. In the August issue of Details, the 25-year-old Transformers star talks about messing around with another man’s girlfriend. First up: Megan Fox. Asked if he hooked up with the attached bombshell (who was replaced by Rosie Huntington Whitely for the current installment, Dark of the Moon), Shia nodded yes. The co-stars, both 25, enjoyed a brief fling while filming the science fiction action movie in 2006, although Shia claims to have no knowledge of whether Megan was still with her then-fiance and now-husband Brian Austin Green at the time. “Look, you’re on the set for six months, with someone who’s rooting to be attracted to you, and you’re rooting to be attracted to them,” the bachelor says of Fox, who is now married to Brian Austin Green. “I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation.’’ Really Shia? It’s called ACTING and another term might be role playing but you, Shia actually have the choice to separate fantasy/fiction from REALITY! That’s your JOB! LaBeouf back peddles a bit more, “I don’t know, man. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. It was what it was.” Now that comment might have been acting.

The L.A. native, who plays earth-saver Sam Witwicky in the hit franchise, also admitted to messing around with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen costar Isabel Lucas, who was then in a relationship with Adrien Grenier). “It was sort of disastrous,’’ LaBeouf told the magazine. You think Shia? Disastrous? What is even more disastrous is that your publicist obviously decided either NOT to accompany you to the press tour… but also not to explain in great detail how discussing your “on set conquests” is NEVER a good idea. This stuff blows our minds. It’s as if the actor is completely unaware that he’s not talking to his buddies in a bar over a cold one.

In his rise to fame, Shia has made love— and war. He told The Los Angeles Times about a run-in at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral with local director Michael Bay. It all went down while they were shooting an emotional sequence for Moon on a launch pad. To get in a sad mindset, Shia put Feist’s wistful Brandy Alexander on his iPod. Bay didn’t like it and unplugged the music, replacing it with the dramatic Dark Knight score.

“I take him aside, I’m like, ‘Mike, this is the most important moment in the movie for me. The crux of my whole character, my whole arc,’ ’’LaBeouf told the Times. “Now it’s two dudes ready to kill each other. Spit’s flying.” He then says Bay, whom he calls “his big brother,’’ left the set in the huff. (Bay refused an interview with the newspaper). Hmm. At least the director is self-aware enough to NOT discuss the on-set drama.

Perhaps Paramount Pictures “may” want to reel in their star a bit more. Shia LaBeouf, for the most part, has been rather “sheltered” in Hollywood. When he went on a drinking spree and wrecked his vehicle, he didn’t get the “royal actor screw-up treatment” we are all accustomed to seeing. He usually keeps his personal life personal and stays out of the spotlight 90% of the time, and we can understand why. That’s always a good thing. Whether or not LaBeouf’s comments were tossed in to detract from the film itself remains speculative. It is all rather odd as Michael Bay doesn’t appear to be 100% confident or enthusiastic about the end result.

And while the director insists he’s happy with the results, he did not mince words in talking about the challenges of working with 3-D cameras. “It’s hard with my style of shooting and taking [a camera] and strapping it to guys who are skydiving off buildings, and helmet cams,” he said. “It’s a technical nightmare. You don’t even want to tell your viewers how technically complicated this stuff is.”

To accommodate the limitations of a 3-D presentation, Bay ended up adjusting his often kinetic approach to film-making. “I’ve slowed down my style on this one,” he explained. “There are longer shots, there are evolving shots, some shots are 45 seconds long, where you’re going in and through things. Where people say, ‘Oh, I can’t watch action with 3-D,’ it’s where 3-D was done poorly and your eye goes in and out, and if it goes fast, it’s when you get bad 3-D, because it screws with your head. Shot by shot, we’re transitioning the viewer. You can really feel the action in this. It’s much more of an experiential process.”

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is set to be a blockbuster hit no matter what happens... on or off screen. The film is destined to walk into a legendary fame.

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