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  • July 1, 2011 9:43 pm

    Hollywood

    In celebration of the theatrical release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, we are posting a quote from the attractive female lead of the movie in regards to her co-star’s relative short stature.

    According to the website Cinefundas:

    Voted sexiest woman by two men’s magazines, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a British model.  She stars in this summer’s ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ with Shia LaBeouf.  Rosie towers over her leading man.  Director Michael Bay, in the third installment, which hits theaters June 29, refused to hide the height difference because he thought it might give short men hope that they could one day bag someone as hot as his star.  It’s a change for Hollywood, where camera angles are usually used to mask height differences.  ‘Shia was a man about it,’ the 5-foot-9-inch actress says.  ‘He was short, I was tall and that’s the way it is.  I think it’s hot, anyway.’


    Good for her.  We at The Social Complex would like to applaud Ms. Huntington-Whiteley for her mature stance and her courage to ignore social convention.  In most cases, we would expect the actress to socially “prove” her femininity through a public performance.  This performance usually entails the actress saying something to convey that her femininity was deeply wounded by the presence of a shorter male. 

    You’re tall and he’s short…it’s no big deal and nothing further should be read into those physical truths.


    Oh… wait… what is this?


    According to the website Access Hollywood:

    Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush caught up with the British Victoria’s Secret beauty – who was given the Female Star of Tomorrow award at CinemaCon 2011 in Las Vegas on Thursday – and found out if Rosie’s statuesque height was awkward while shooting the Michael Bay movie.

    “Are you taller than Shia?” Billy asked.

    “Yes, by quite a lot,” she explained. “I had to wear heels the whole way through filming. When it came to our kissing scene, I said, ‘Michael, please let me take my shoes off! I feel so unelegant and I feel so unfeminine.’ He said no, ‘You’re giving small men across America hope!’”


    We at The Social Complex would like to take it all back.

     

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