Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Shia LaBeouf appear side by side in several scenes in the latest Transformers movie, and she towers over him! Are they mismatched? Did Director Michael Bay make a big goof?
Rosie is reportedly 5-feet, 9-inches tall and reports have put LeBeouf at about the same height. But someone is fibbing, or Huntington-Whiteley is wearing some pretty tall heels in the revealing scene below.
Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) and Carly Spencer (Whiteley) meet with Dylan Gould, (Patrick Dempsey).
Gould is Carly’s boss and a race-car driver with a huge collection of cars.
In a couple of shots, LeBeouf and Whiteley stand side-by-side, and Rosie looks a good two to three inches taller.
It’s either bad camera work or more likely she’s wearing heels. Still she makes LaBeouf look femine and whimpy by comparison.
In the movie, LeBeouf is supposed to be the hero who risks life and limb to save Huntington-Whiteley’s character.
But judging by their height differential it should be the other way around.
It’s not all that unusual for leading women to tower over Hollywood’s leading men.
Still height is a sensitive issue among macho Hollywood types.
Tom Cruiseat 5-feet, seven-inches tall was paired with Kelly McGillis, who is good three inches taller in the 1986 movie “Top Gun.”
For one scene shot on a beach, McGillis reportedly walked in trench next to Tom to even out their height.
The Transformers differential is interesting because, Director Bay famously fired Megan Fox, who starred in the first two Transformers movies after a spat with the actress.
But Fox, who is 5-feet, 4-inches tall, was a much more credible fit with LaBeouf, who has trouble enough mustering up a hero’s image with his effeminate looks and slim build.
Whether viewers spot the difference is problematic. In any case, it looks plain weird.
The movie, which premiered Tuesday, reportedly scored $13.5 million at the box office and will go into wide release today (June 29) for the Fourth of July weekend. It’s expected to do well.
Check out the clip below and a newly released trailer.