I recently received the following email from the brother of my lovely co-worker, Pregnancy and Parenting producer, Allison Busacca. Allison's brother Cameron had quite the encounter with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox during the filming of the Transformers movie. Who was nice? Who was really rude? Get the scoop here:
After about an hour of watching the crew unload equipment, Shia LaBeouf came on set around 8 a.m. to film what appeared to be a "move-in" day scene right next to the Princeton University Chapel. After several takes, the crew moved out onto the street to shoot a few stunt scenes on Washington Street. Most of the cars looked brand new (there was no futuristic Chevy Camaro in sight, which was a bummer) but after a few takes, one of the cars had bullet holes and a smashed windshield, which led me to believe they were filming a chase scene. Shia's stunt double nearly got hit several times by another car, and the crew shot the scene from different angles up and down Washington as if all of the shots were going to be pieced together later. And even though the stunt drivers went really fast, you could tell that they speed it up even more in the editing process.
After the first stunt was over, we saw our first sighting of Megan Fox. They were getting a shot of her driving from inside the car but she lost control and slammed it into a curb. Don't worry, she's perfectly fine. She got out of the car smiling and laughing and walked it off. Shia, on the other hand, hadn't stopped chain smoking since the end of the first scene and every time they broke from filming he seemed to have a really bad attitude.
When the stunts got wilder the crowd was forced into nearby buildings where we got to watch from the second story. As we were leaving we were hoping we would be able to see Megan Fox again through a window or something, but we were even luckier, -- when we got to the end of the hall, Megan was chilling at a snack table.
Shia had turned us down when we asked for a picture earlier, but after seeing Megan take a picture with another fortunate group of guys, we walked up to her. Her people immediately shot down the request, but she very graciously and kindly agreed to take one more. We took a picture with her and proceeded to ask her a few questions about the movie. Shia was also there but added nothing to the conversation.
The crew is going to be shooting for another two days in Princeton. All in all, a really, really cool experience.
--Cameron Busacca, 19 years old