Actor Josh Duhamel says that while 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' has all the big special effects audiences expect, the film has a lot more going for it.
"It is big, but big doesn't always mean better," Duhamel said in a recent interview provided by DreamWorks Pictures. "What I love that he did about this is that they kept the story very linear, very human. It's funny, it's darker than the other two, which I like. A little bit more grown up."
He adds, "You marry that with these insane action sequences and it's I think everything you want to see when you go to a movie. I just think that Michael Bay and the guys at ILM [George Lucas' motion picture visual effects company, which did work on the film] and all the people involved in making this film did an unbelievable job. "
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" depicts a fictional account of what happens when it is revealed that a Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969 had found a wrecked alien robot spacecraft with no survivors during a secret mission on the dark side of the moon, confirming that mankind is not alone in the universe.
The movie, which is directed by Michael Bay, also stars returning actors Shia Labeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Ramón Rodríguez and John Turturro, as well as Peter Cullen, who voices Autobot leader Optimus Prime, and Hugo Weaving, who voices the villain Megatron.
Newcomers include Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, "Grey's Anatomy" actor Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong of the comedy movie "The Hangover" and Frances McDormand.
Duhamel describes action stunts seen in the film, where characters jump off tall buildings like Willis Tower [formerly the Sears Tower] in Chicago and the Trump Tower in New York City.
"They hired these guys who are, what they call precision jumpers to do this. And these guys would do this. They would jump off 104th floor of the Trump Tower and land exactly where they needed them to land and then I would step in for my close up," Duhamel said. "Now I don't know if anyone is going to believe it when they see the movie but I hope that they think it's me."
The actor also says that while the cast was filming in Chicago, people in the city would gather around to watch. "They estimated that something like 25 or 30,000 were around watching, not to mention all the people that were up in the building watching that and we fed off of that," he said. "That was, the energy they had and the excitement that they had while we were shooting there was infectious for all of us."
"We'd spend an hour shooting this big action scene, you'd see cars flying, things blowing up, you know the whole thing going off," he adds. "Then you'd hear the screams of the people and it felt like we were doing a live show or something."
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" hit theaters on June 29. Check out the trailer for the film below.