It's an Entertainment Tonight October event! Mark Steines and Samantha Harris are exclusively on the explosive Chicago set of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' with plot secrets, new faces and the unbelievable destruction of the Windy City's famed Michigan Avenue!
Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson are among the returning cast to tear it up in Chi-town, and the blockbuster Michael Bay movie features some new faces to the franchise, including Patrick Dempsey and Victoria's Secret beauty Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Shia's new love interest.
"I think what we were lacking in the second movie was heart," says Shia about the last installment of the blockbuster franchise, 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.' "But, I think with the addition of Rosie and new characters … you still have the magic of the first film, but you have depth in the ending of the third."
In 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' in theaters July 1, 2011, Shia's Sam Witwicky is a decorated national hero after battling the evil Decepticon robots alongside the good-guy Autobots, but he's looking for normalcy and someone who will love him for who he really is. That someone is Carly (Rosie).
"Sam's coming out of heartbreak," explains Shia about the film's emotional center. "He's looking for a rock. He's looking for stability. He's looking for a person who doesn't love him because of his involvement in the wars, or because of his involvement with the robots. … And, so he's looking to define himself and find a person who understands the definition and loves him for him, and he finds it in Rosie."
But Sam has more to worry about than just the Decepticons. Rosie's boss, played by Patrick, provides the 'Transformers' love triangle.
"There's a little something going on between them," says Patrick, and Rosie confirms that there's "a little energy going between them, a little vibe, and, well, the rest you'll have to wait for."
For the day's scene, Michael Bay stages an epic battle along Chicago's "Magnificent Mile," Michigan Avenue, with 200 wrecked cars scattered along a swath of jagged asphalt. But despite all the explosions, flipping cars, choppers and military might, Michael says it's plot, not pyrotechnics, that sets this 'Transformers' apart.
"The story, I think, is really rich," says Michael. "This is kind of a good old fashioned, kinda espionage 'Transformers' movie." He adds, "I just told Mayor Daley that I'm sorry about messing up his city."
"It's great, it's epic," says Patrick about his "Bay-hem" experience. "I mean, this is the biggest movie I've ever been on in my life. And I'm having so much fun."
Josh Duhamel says he had no idea when he took on the first 'Transformers' that he'd still be dodging explosions two movies later, and he tells Samantha, "I didn't think they'd have me be a part of three movies -- I'd figured they'd do at least three. The fact that [Tyrese and I are] both still here is the most amazing thing."
The explosive spectacle of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' will be on full display in 3D, and Michael is pushing the envelope as he films with the technology. But Shia jokes that it may just be a step back.
"I'm not made for 3D," he says with a smile. "I'm a 2D guy. See, I got that Jewish schnoz, it's no good for 3D." All kidding aside, Shia says, "This is the best 'Transformers' movie we've made. It has the best set pieces, it's the best script we've had so far, and we've had more time and prep. ... I just think it's a stronger movie and I think we've learned from our mistakes."
'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' explodes into theaters everywhere in 3D July 1, 2011.