Shia LaBeouf Rips Big Budget Movies, Says Studios “stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months”

I’ve often wondered just what directors saw in Shia LaBeouf, who a few years back was seemingly sought for any major role looking for a young male actor, including the hugely anticipated, but ultimately disappointing sequels Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (and frankly LaBeouf’s characters were often the worst parts of those movies).  It seems like LaBeouf too was wondering what he was doing starring in such movies, as since then he has turned his attention to smaller budget projects, including the Prohibition crime drama Lawless.  LaBeouf spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his career choices, and is remarkably candid about his life in film.

LaBeouf starred in the three Transformers movies, but he will not be in the planned fourth film in the franchise.  That doesn’t seem to bother him much, as he says, “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 fucked. There’s no way for him to exist in that world.”

In fact , LaBeouf has lots of praise for independent studios like Voltage Pictures, which financed two of his upcoming films The Company You Keep and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.  He explains, “These dudes are a miracle.  They give you the money, and they trust you — [unlike the studios, which] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months.”

Despite his obvious disdain for big budget filmmaking, LaBeouf is somewhat apologetic for his negative comments last year about his part in the fourth Indiana Jones film (he said he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” which Harrison Ford later said he was a “fucking idiot” for saying).  While he says he “deeply regrets” his comments, he reveals that director Steven Spielberg also spoke to him about the comments.  He reveals, “He told me there’s a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there’s a time to sell cars.  It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei.”  Hmm… sounds like now he’s taking shots at Spielberg for “selling cars,” right?  Some apology…

Either way, LaBeouf seems happier to work with directors like Lars Von Trier, who directed LaBeouf in Nymphomaniac.  On the controversial dutch director, LaBeouf says he wanted to work with him, “Because he’s dangerous. He scares me. And I’m only going to work now when I’m terrified.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Sterling-k-brown-this-is-us.jpg
Sterling K. Brown on Becoming an Actor: “You get bit, and you just keep chasing that”
"I was used to being 'that dude from that show, who got shot in that episode'" - Sterling K. Brown
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/richard-dreyfuss.jpg
Richard Dreyfuss on Winning an Oscar: “You’re riskier when you’re on the hunt”
"I had no doubt of my eventual success." - Richard Dreyfuss
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Shannon-Purser-Stranger-Things.jpg
‘Stranger Things’ Star Shannon Purser on Getting Cast as Barb
"I had never booked anything, gotten close calls, and then one day I got an email about this new show called Stranger Things, asking for a tape." - Shannon Purser
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/watch-sag-conversations-on-broad.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations on Broadway with Andy Karl
Karl recalls his highs and lows on stages and reveals the charming side that has made him a huge star.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/watch-sag-conversations-with-ale.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Alexander Skarsgard of ‘Big Little Lies’
Skarsgard talks about his career and work on HBO's 'Big Little Lies'