`Transformers' may be adapted for LaBeouf's injury

August 1, 2008 5:50:24 PM PDT
The "Transformers" sequel may need to be reworked to explain Shia LaBeouf's injured hand, says the film's director Michael Bay. Bay told "Access Hollywood" in an interview airing Friday that LaBeouf's left hand was significantly enough mangled that the script may need to be adjusted.

"His two fingers are pretty smashed, but we're figuring out a way to shoot around it, kind of write it into the story," Bay told the syndicated entertainment program.

A spokesman for Paramount Pictures, which is owned by Viacom Inc., said Friday that no final decisions have been made. Requests for comment from Bay left with his agent were not immediately returned Friday.

The "Transformers" sequel "Revenge of the Fallen" is in production. Shooting has continued without LaBeouf, who plans to return within a month, his publicist Melissa Kates said.

Industry trade paper Variety has reported that the shooting schedule for the film has had to be adjusted with at least several days lost because of LaBeouf's absence.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old LaBeouf was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and underwent surgery on his injured left hand after his pickup truck collided with another vehicle at 3 a.m in West Hollywood. With him was Isabel Lucas, a 23-year-old Australian actress who plays a supporting role in the "Transformers" sequel.

Police have said that the other driver, who has not been identified, was at fault in the accident.

Speaking to "Access," Bay claimed his leading man was not drunk at the time of the crash and insisted that "that's gonna go away."

After the accident, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Wolf said it was "immediately apparent" to officers on the scene that LaBeouf was intoxicated.