Shia LaBeouf says Megan Fox couldn't handle being sexy

Jun 3, 2011 at 4:17 p.m. ET

Shia LaBeouf says Megan Fox was dropped from the Transformers franchise because she couldn't handle director Michael Bay's demands to be sexy.

Megan Fox

When Megan Fox left the Transformers movie franchise, the industry was shocked -- actors don't just walk away from a cash cow like that. Rumors flew that she quit and that she was fired -- she and Transformers director Michael Bay never got their stories straight on that one -- but the truth has never been known.

Until now. Transformers costar and reliable mouth-runner Shia LaBeouf says Megan just didn't want to be sexy anymore, and resented Bay's brusque attitude towards her sensitivities on the issue.

"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 told 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. 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 [LaBeouf assumes a gentle voice] 'I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.'"

Kind of weird, considering she just got paid a boatload of cash to pose suggestively in her underwear for an Armani ad campaign, but the crux of what LaBeouf is saying is that Michael Bay is kind of a jerk. Frankly that's what Fox has been saying all along -- in 2009 she was quoted as comparing the director to Hitler.

We won't be seeing Fox on the big screen again until the 2012 release of Friends with Kids. Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took her place in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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