British Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who landed the role of the new romantic lead on 'Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon' after Megan Fox's highly-publicized exit, has nothing but praise for the film's director, Michael Bay.
Fox is not reprising her role as Mikaela Banes, a classmate of Shia LaBeouf's human character, Sam, in the movie, the third in the franchise. The actress says she walked away from the project, but Bay said in a recent interview that producer Steven Spielberg suggested she get the ax after causing a press firestorm by comparing Bay to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
"She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry," Bay said of Fox in an interview with GQ magazine. "You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, 'Fire her right now.'"
The "Hitler thing" that Bay is talking about is a 2009 remark Fox made to Wonderland magazine. She said Bay was like Hitler on his sets and that he is a "nightmare to work for," adding she still enjoyed his personality "because he's so awkward," according to the Los Angeles Times.
Before she filmed the third "Transformers" movie, Huntington-Whiteley worked with the director on Victoria's Secret commercials. She praised him in an interview provided by film studio DreamWorks Pictures.
"I had a blast working on this movie and I feel very grateful to Mike and to everybody that believed in me and took a chance on me," she said.
"I've never been around anyone that works as hard as him. He's totally dedicated to these movies, he's spent six years of his life working on them every single day," she added. "The only way I felt like I could thank him for giving me this opportunity is by working really hard for him, which I hope I did."
Huntington-Whiteley, 24, is making her acting debut in the film as Carly Spencer and says, "Every day brought new challenges for me."
"My favorite days were when we got to do action sequences," she added, "I got to learn a lot and I enjoy just losing myself in the moment. I got up on wires, and be jumping through explosions, and racing in cars, and running in gun fires, having four cars explode behind me."
The model and actress gushed, "I mean the whole thing was just so thrilling and exciting. I love all of that. I'm a bit of an action girl."
"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 also stars returning actors Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Ram?n Rodr?guez and John Turturro, as well as Peter Cullen, who voices Autobot leader Optimus Prime, and Hugo Weaving, who voices the villain Megatron.
Newcomers include "Grey's Anatomy" actor Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong of the comedy movie "The Hangover" and Frances McDormand.
"There's something for everyone in these movies," Huntington-Whiteley said. "It's full of comedy, there's the romance, there's the emotion, there's the action, there's the special effects. So there's really something for everyone. It was really great for me doing my first movie to get to try my hand at everything. From comedy, to romance and action to drama."
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" hit theaters on June 29. Check out the trailer for the film below.