In 2009. - Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesShia LaBeouf is trying to promote his new movie, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," and his main tactic so far -- indicative of the greater PR strategy for the film -- seems to be talking as much as possible about Megan Fox, who, as everyone knows, appeared in the first two films in the franchise before she was unceremoniously axed in favor of Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the third.
Maybe it's just us, but isn't there something weird about this? You guys got rid of her! If you wanted to use her for publicity this badly, why didn't you just let her be in the film? At the very least, we'd be getting sound bites from her (which are generally excellent) instead of these kind of gross ploys by LaBeouf.
After telling E! Online it was a "blessing" Fox wasn't in this film, he told Details that he hooked up with Fox during the filming of the first film ("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").
When asked if Fox -- who is now married to Brian Austin Green, whom she dated on-and-off starting in 2004 -- was single when they were involved, he said, "I don't know, man. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know," repeating "I don't know" eight more times. "It was what it was."
(Try for a second to imagine a female actress giving the exact same quotes about hooking up with a male co-star who was maybe with a girlfriend at the time and how people would characterize that actress.)
He also talks to the magazine about going on a date with Hilary Duff ("probably the worst date either of us have ever had") and how he cheated on former co-star Isabel Lucas ("It was sort of disastrous... Neither one of us, I think, were in love. Just sort of experimenting or whatever.")
The only LaBeouf ex who gets off scot-free here is Carey Mulligan, about whom LaBeouf only had kind things to say.
"I still love her... I think she's a f---ing awesome person and an incredible actress. We're still pals. I wouldn't take any of it back, and I don't think she would either. It just ran its course."