Shia LaBeouf And 'Transformers' Director Michael Bay Are 'Like Brothers'

'We have our bickering in public sometimes, but I love Michael,' star says.

With "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" set to hit theaters at the end of the month, and a new face in Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ready to battle the alien bots, it seemed the sometimes turbulent relationship between director Michael Bay and former star Megan Fox was a thing of the past. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, though, Shia LaBeouf seemingly added fuel to Fox and Bay's fiery relationship when he suggested Fox felt "awkward" working with Bay.

But when we caught up with LaBeouf at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, the 24-year-old actor said his comments had been misconstrued in the media and that he has nothing but affection for the director.

"I love Mike; we're like brothers," he said. "And we have our bickering in public sometimes, but I love Michael. And he's still the favorite director I've ever worked for, and I would work with him again, and I'd do anything for him.

"But no way was anything I was trying to say in malice or trying to attack Michael," he added.

That didn't stop news outlets and blogs from publishing screaming headlines about how Fox couldn't handle Bay's directorial style and how LaBeouf was coming to the defense of his ousted co-star. The truth, the actor told us, is that part of the creative potency in his partnership with Bay — an alliance that has driven the franchise to $1.5 billion in box-office receipts — is the way in which they can butt heads, take a breather and then move forward with the task at hand.

"We scream at each other all the time," he explained. "That's been sort of our relationship. There's a contention that needs to exist for us to get through the movie, and we push each other."

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