Shia LaBeouf: Megan Fox Not Down With Her Sex Symbol Status

Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf step out at the UK premiere of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on June 15, 2009 Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf step out at the UK premiere of

Shape-shifting robots, a nerdy guy and a bombshell is a movie formula that Megan Fox never got comfortable with – according to her former “Transformers” co-star, Shia LaBeouf.

“Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael [Bay], 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.

“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,” Shia continued. “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, ‘I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.’”

However, Megan’s replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — who was recently named #1 on Maxim’s annual Hot 100 List — felt more at ease embracing her blockbuster eye candy status.

“Rosie comes with this Victoria’s Secret background, and she’s comfortable with it,” Shia told Hero Complex. “So, she can get down with Mike’s way of working and it makes the whole set vibe very different.”

Back in April shortly after wrapping production on the film, Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush caught up with Rosie at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where the bombshell talked about her whatever-it-takes approach, whether on the runway or the movie set.

“I’ve always have the same attitude with work. I like to go to work, I like to work really hard, I like to give everything my all. I like to try things that are new, so I’m just really thankful for this opportunity,” she said at the time.

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, it was announced in May 2010 that Megan would not star in the third “Transformers” movie. At the time her rep told Access, “It was her decision not to return.”

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” hits theaters on June 29.

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