Actor says ‘Dark of the Moon’ is his last installment, but he’ll always covet the franchise: ‘It’s mine, dude!’
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
The closer we get to the “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” release date, the more we learn about the colorful characters and details involved in making this highly anticipated third film in the Michael Bay-directed franchise.
In particular, star Shia LaBeouf is someone from whom we’ve come to expect the unexpected: complete and total honesty. When MTV News caught up with him backstage at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, we asked if “Dark of the Moon” is really his last onscreen romp with the robots.
“For sure,” he said. “I’m not coming back to do another one. I don’t think Mike will either. It still is a hot property, I think, especially coming out of the third one. So I imagine they’ll reboot it at some point with someone else.”
But will it be strange to see someone else hanging out with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee?
“Yeah,” LaBeouf admitted. “You have an onus in it. I’ll enjoy it. I’ll go [see it] opening night, I’ll be there. But there is a disconnect. It’s mine, dude,” he joked of his role in the blockbuster franchise. “It’s mine.”
Whether LaBeouf can be convinced to return to another “Transformers” film or not, it certainly seems like he and Bay are going out with a bang.
“['Dark of the Moon'] is the best movie we’ve made, I’m serious,” he assured us. “It’s not a joke. I’m dead honest, man. I get myself in trouble all the time, but this is our best installment. It’s our best movie.”
LaBeouf explained that this film’s defining characteristic is the action and the revolutionary 3-D.
“It’s the best action, in terms of the geography. In the second one, you get confused as to who’s fighting who and where you are, because it’s such a big landscape,” he said. “This one is ‘Black Hawk Down’-ish. It’s one location, and the geography is simple to understand.
“[Bay] did the 3-D in a different way than anyone has ever done it before,” he continued. “James Cameron has seen the movie; he said it’s the best 3-D since ‘Avatar,’ so there’s all that. Also, this is our best story. It’s the most solid screenplay we’ve had since we started. All those things plus new cast we have, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Ken Jeong, a lot of strong additions. Everything we got right in the first one, we’ve improved here.”
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