Much ado has been made about the upcoming “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” From casting to the story line to the 3-D, it seems nothing about the filmmaking process on the third installment of the franchise has gone unnoticed. Thankfully, with the film’s June 29 release date quickly approaching, the castmembers have not only been out promoting the movie, but also dispelling some of the anxiety and nitpicking that has surfaced on the Interwebs.
Regarding the casting, specifically the addition of Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley after the departure of former “Transformers” “It” girl Megan Fox, the action flick’s male stars expressed nothing but love and admiration for the first-time actress.
“Rosie is going to surprise a lot of people,” Tyrese Gibson told MTV News recently. “I have to go on record and say that she did not replace Megan Fox. She’s a brand-new character; her name is Carly in the movie,” he explained. “Her name is not Mikaela, it’s Carly,” he reiterated, referring to Fox’s character in the previous installments. “She’s going to surprise a lot of people with her focus and energy that she’s bringing to the franchise.
“She was very focused, very classy, very easy to work with,” he continued. “I was really glad she came aboard.”
Shia LaBeouf said that while Megan Fox seemed a bit overwhelmed by all of the sudden attention she received post-“Transformers,” Huntington-Whiteley, with her experience as a swimsuit and underwear model, came to the set fully prepared for what would be required of her in the summer blockbuster.
“She completely owns her sexuality, which I think helps especially on a movie like this where it’s a blanket summer movie and there are certain requirements of a woman in a summer movie,” LaBeouf explained. “She owns her sexuality and she doesn’t shy from it. I think it was a harder gap to cross, in terms of Megan going from complete obscurity to being the sexiest woman in the world in a movie. [It] is a greater leap and transition than to go from being a Victoria’s Secret model to then being the hottest actress in the world,” he added. “It’s an easier transition because she already had that in her pocket when she came to set. She was able to be strong in her femininity as opposed to trying to shy away from it.
“[That attitude] helps everything,” he continued. “Especially with Mike [Bay] where conversations are blunt and they lack tact, and you’re in the middle of a firefight so it’s bare essentials.”