Shia LaBeouf didn't get the memo that movie stars should gush, but make no waves while hawking their latest efforts.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" star weighed in on the epic feud between director Michael Bay and deposed eye candy Megan Fox.
Fox, LaBeouf tells the Times, was never comfortable with the way that the director sexualized her during the filming of the angry machine franchise's previous two movies (she certainly looked skittish on that Maxim cover).
“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 said in the interview. “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."
LaBeouf implies that Bay could work on his tender and nurturing side, saying "… the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There’s no time for ‘I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.’”
Tact appears to be something that LaBeouf could brush up on as well. In the past couple of years, the actor has talked out of turn or responded with refreshing candor, depending on your point of view, about many of his past collaborators and industry cohorts.
While promoting "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," LaBeouf admitted what most people thought — "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was a big fat dud. Though he blamed himself for the movie not working, he gave Steven Spielberg a rap on the knuckles.
"He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball," LaBeouf told a group of reporters at the Cannes Film Festival.
Then there was the war of words with Frankie Muniz. While appearing on a radio show promoting "Wall Street" last October, LaBeouf said most of his hits would have worked even if his name wasn't above the title.
"You could have put Frankie Muniz into any of the movies I've been in and those movies still would've still been No. 1," LaBeouf said.
Muniz hit back via Twitter.
"Dear Shia Labeouf. It's getting creepy the fact that you can't stop talking about me. It's been 12 years now. I don't know you. Thanks," he tweeted.
Good thing Frankie wasn't dealing with "Spice Girl" strength, otherwise things could have taken a turn for the weird.