I was first exposed to Shia LaBeouf in the (fascinating) TV show Project Greenlight, when he was a kid actor in the movie The Battle of Shaker Heights. He had just starred in Holes and he came across like an obnoxious little douchebag who I kind of wanted to drop-kick.
Then he became the Transformers guy who acted out in public, first getting arrested outside a Walgreens for behaving like an imbecile and refusing to leave, then getting arrested again for misdemeanor drunk driving.
And then there was the infamous Playboy interview in 2009, which for me sealed the Shia LaBeouf's an Annoying Little Turdbucket deal. I mean, check this stuff out (the questions are mine, but the quotes are all Shia):
What was it like being on the set of Charlie's Angels and peeking at Cameron Diaz's and Lucy Liu's trailers?
"I’d be inside totally going at it. Just the thought of them changing in their trailers was enough to get me off."
Is it true you're attracted to your own mother?
"If I could meet my mother and marry her, I would. I would be with my mother now, if she weren't my mother, as sick as that sounds."
How are women treating you these days?
"Great. Amazing. Unbelievable. It’s cool to be 22 and famous. You go to a party and it’s a bit of an all-you-can-eat buffet."
What happened after you went on that one date with Rihanna?
"It’s funny how you can fall for an image that is projected and then discover how different the person is from who you thought they would be."
So hey, you totally used this interview as an excuse to talk about how Harrison Ford gave you his Indiana Jones hat.
"I didn’t want to tell anyone about it at the time because I didn’t want people to think, Oh, he’s going to be the next Indy or that some sort of crown had been passed to me."
But isn't that what you're implying, like, right now?
"... I know it’s easy to perceive that as his handing the reins over to me on a franchise or whatever ...."
Ugh, Shia. Just shut your LaBeouf.
Okay, so I've never been a big fan, but then I watched him on Letterman last week, and ... well, damn it all, I kind of liked the guy. He was funny, sharp, looked great, played perfectly to Letterman's cues, and in his clip from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he actually looks like he's matured quite a bit as an actor.
Now I actually want to see the movie, which I'd previously banned for the LaBeouf Factor. Just goes to show, obnoxious Hollywood punks really can grow up sometimes. (Paging Lindsay Lohan ... )
What do you think about Shia? Do you plan to see Wall Street 2?
Image via Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps