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    Shia LaBeouf Talks Transformers: Megan Fox's Model Replacement Had a Better Time With Michael Bay

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    Shia LaBeouf may have missed Megan Fox, but he understood why she wasn't there.

    "Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [thing] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women," the Transformers: Dark of the Moon star told the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog, referring to franchise director Michael Bay.

    The explosion-meister publicly butted heads with his outspoken leading hottie and ultimately replaced her for the third film in the series with British Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

    So, how did that work out? She's a woman, too, right?

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    Actually, LaBeouf thinks it's Huntington-Whiteley's experience as an underwear model that made her a much better match for Bay.

    "Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It's summer. It's Michael's style," LaBeouf said. "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."

    Well, you could've fooled us on that one, but OK.

    "When Mike would ask her to do specific things," LaBeouf continued, "there was no time for fluffy talk. We're on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact."

    "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," he said.

    Less Nazi Germany and more swingin' London, perhaps.

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