No wonder Paramount doesn’t want press at tonight’s New York premiere for the latest “Transformers.” Everyone is in trouble. The early reviews aren’t so good. And the principals are all in trouble. Shia LaBeouf, who’s always very polite and nice in person, has just told Details magazine that he and former co-star Megan Fox had an affair — even though she was engaged to former “Beverly Hills 90210” star Brian Austin Green. Shia–not so Shy-ya.
From Details: Asked if he hooked up with Fox, LaBeouf nods affirmatively. “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,” he explains. “I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen.” When I inquire about Fox’s status at the time with her longtime boyfriend, Brian Austin Green, LaBeouf replies, “I don’t know, man. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. . . .”—repeating the phrase exactly 12 times with various intonations, as if trying to get it just right. Finally, he says, “It was what it was.”
OK. I hope Details writer Aaron Gell got that on tape.
Then, of course, there were the reports last week that Fox was fired from the franchise on orders from exec producer Steven Spielberg. Fox told a British magazine of Bay: “[Bay] wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is,So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward…He has no social skills at all,” she continued. “And it’s endearing to watch him. He’s vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he’s a tyrant.”
Only one media outlet is allowed into tonight’s premiere; they made some kind of deal to play nice. I’m sure we’ll see the results. Paramount chief Brad Grey is wisely staying away from all this tonight. He is a smart man.