It's pretty obvious Shia LaBeouf is trying to put his cheesy Transformers character in the past, and prove to the world that he's a dedicated, passionate, talented actor. After all, this is the guy who said of his blockbuster fame, "If I could give the money back and get all the credibility in the world that I'm seeking, I would do it tomorrow. In a heartbeat." We get it, Shia. You want to be taken seriously. You want to be a Method artisan, honing your craft.
It's just that all this pretentious blather about being a "visionary," dropping acid for roles, and having intercourse on camera is making you sound ... you know, like a major douchebag.
Personally, I've always found LaBeouf annoying, ever since I saw him as a kid actor on that HBO Project Greenlight series back in 2001. I'll give him this much, he's refreshingly candid when he talks to the press because he apparently has neither a filter nor a publicist who manages his statements, but whether it's because of insecurity or something else, the guy always comes off as kind of an asshat.
He's been making news lately for a variety of reasons, starting with his dramatic pledge to forever turn his back on big-budget movies (at the wise age of 26, mind you). Here's what he recently told The Hollywood Reporter:
I'm done. There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he's f---ed. There's no way for him to exist in that world.
Ugh. Pardon me while I roll my eyes so hard I have to dig them out of the back of my skull with a grapefruit spoon.
Then, of course, there was his nude appearance in a Sigur Rós video, which I guess was supposed to make him seem super intriguing and pump up his indie street cred/interest in his dong. Beautifully nuanced work of art or masturbatory art school pretension? CHOOSE YOUR OWN (NSFW) ADVENTURE:
These days LaBeouf has been talking up his role in director Lars Von Trier's new movie Nymphomaniac, which will apparently feature LaBeouf having actual sex. But don't worry that he's just using an explicit film as an excuse to get off, or anything:
There are rules. I have ethics, I'm not completely out of my mind. But I don't think there's anything wrong with sex. Sex is beautiful if it's done right. And I wouldn't just do it for no reason... Sex is different than love, and there is a separation, and that middle gap is what the movie's about.
Deep, man. I can't wait until his authentically beautiful penis has its own IMDB page.
As for his forthcoming role in the bootlegger movie Lawless, his aggressive "method acting and drinking" during filming prompted on-screen love interest Mia Wasikowska to make calls to her attorney in an attempt to get out of the role. As he explained it,
Mia is very soft, and I think both of us were playing up the sides of us that worked with the character. So as I was playing up my alpha male, she was playing up her naïveté and softness.
Um, or maybe she was freaked out by being on set with a guy getting shitfaced and pretending he's Daniel Day effing Lewis for doing so, because this is starting to sound like a theme for LaBeouf. Apparently he also dropped acid for a scene where his character in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman was on LSD:
There's a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there's a way to be on acid. (…) Sometimes, it does get real. Too real [for a director] who's trying to keep a diplomatic set.
Yeah, I'm sure it was just too real. Getting high to do a scene doesn't sound unprofessional and immature at ALL. Maybe if he plays a murderer in his next film, he can go ahead and kill a few people -- just to make it more raw and honest.
I suspect that for all his posturing, Shia LaBeouf is going to look back on this stage of his career and be embarrassed as all hell. I can understand wanting to distance himself from Transformers, but the dude needs to dial it down and just let his performances speak for him. If his intention is to be taken seriously, I have to say, it's SERIOUSLY not working.
What do you think of Shia LaBeouf these days?
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