Director Michael Bay had to be a psychiatrist to Shia LaBeouf, reports. Bay says the star of his latest film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, struggled with “dark periods,” which he had to help him through.

Michael said: “You sometimes have to push him when he doesn’t believe it. He’ll go through a dark period. With actors you’ve got to be a psychologist. You have to see the darkness coming, especially with funny actors.

“I can see it coming on and I have to say, ‘Shia,’ and pull him aside. I explain it to him and he’ll come out of it. And then he’ll say, ‘You’re right, you’re right, I was in that mood.’ The reason is they’re scared of things sometimes. It’s not easy being an actor and putting yourself out there.”