Josh Duhamel's 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Nickname: 'H.R. Stumbles 'n' Stuff'
By David Weiner
'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' star Josh Duhamel and his fellow cast members are in Moscow for Thursday's huge world premiere of the third movie in the blockbuster franchise, and the star tells our own Mark Steines about his favorite local food and drink indulgences – and his unfortunate new nickname.
"I'm a bit of a klutz; I didn't think I was until this movie, and apparently, I am," reveals Josh. "All the guys around me [on the set] are actual navy seals and army rangers, a great group of guys. You become very close after you sit out there from early in the morning until the sun goes down everyday, so you develop real friendships with these guys and they're not afraid to give it to you when you mess up. I was on the set one day trying to be cool and trying to jump over this big piece of debris … and pop my ankle. I felt like I broke it. Luckily, I didn't -- was able to walk it off, wrapped it up, iced it – and then did it again after lunch. So, I sprained both ankles in one day."
So what was that unfortunate nickname he earned? "H.R. Stumbles 'n' Stuff," says Josh with a sigh.
While in Moscow for the big 'Transformers' premiere, Josh details his favorite food and drink indulgences: "The vodka's exceptional," he says. "I love beef Stroganoff. It's one of my favorite foods. I pretty much order that every day. There's a restaurant, Pushkin Café, that makes the best beef Stroganoff -- better than my mom's, and that's hard to say. The food is great. … I stay away from the fish jello. Yeah, you don't want that."
Josh wanted to take wife Fergie along for the big premiere, which features a concert by Linkin Park for a crowd of more than 20,000, but unfortunately she had her own commitments performing in Europe with the Black Eyed Peas. "I'm a huge Linkin Park fan and so is she," says Josh. "That's why she was so upset that she couldn't be here. She's like, 'What, Linkin Park's performing and I don't get to go?' … I'm going to see her in Berlin."
Also starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand, director Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' opens nationwide in 3D and IMAX 3D on June 29, with advanced screenings in 3D beginning the night before at 9 p.m.