Transformers: Dark of the Moon has high expectations to land the #1 spot in the box office this holiday weekend, de-throning Cars 2. Although the Michael Bay film could garner enough attention on its own, Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are causing a stir themselves.
Shia LeBeouf appears to be enjoying the limelight Transformers has returned to him. He’s making the most of the situation and simultaneously entertaining us with behind-the-scenes accounts of verbal feuds with director Bay on The Late Show with David Letterman and a kiss-and-tell interview in Details on his hook-up with Megan Fox and bad date with Hilary Duff.
While LeBeouf is hilariously entertaining, critics are saying Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s acting is simply something to laugh at. The 24-year-old model replaced sex kitten Megan Fox in the third installment of the Transformers franchise, hoping the heavy backing of a box office hit would launch her acting career.
“Huntington-Whiteley shows up in a figure-hugging, tightly-whitey dress but she’s all window dressing and doesn’t exactly excel at delivering her banal lines. Poor Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She may be beautiful but she can’t act for toffee,” complains Daily Mail critic Baz Bamigboye.
While the Transformers red carpet premieres were electrified by her presence, the on-screen chemistry between her and LeBouf fizzed. Fear not, her alternative options to acting aren’t too bad:
- Return to a lucrative modeling career;
- or accept her claim to fame being Jason Statham‘s girlfriend/eye-candy
Also releasing this weekend: Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts; and Monte Carlo starring teen queen, Selena Gomez.