Shia LeBeouf Rebuffs Hollywood and Inevitably Will Eat His Words (He Won’t Be Held Accountable Either)
I see Shia LeBeouf as a talented weirdo who can’t seem to stay out of his own way whenever a microphone or camera is present. His off-the-cuff views and remarks have scorned others in the past and I think underneath his veneer, I wonder whether he takes his stardom for granted. I’m not singling him out, though this piece is about him and the guy has publicly ripped Steven Spielberg among others, as this is not an overly uncommon thing for actors, particularly young or brash ones, to do.
LeBeouf will star in director Lars Von Trier’s Nyphomanic. This is a two piece film which focuses on sex addiction, at least based on the title. LeBeouf had a few words about the film and about Hollywood in general recently.
“[The movie] is what you think it is,” LaBeouf tells MTV News. “It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
Von Trier’s first film since 2011′s Melancholia, an apocalyptic drama co-starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nymphomaniac will chronicle the sexual adventures of a woman (Gainsbourg) from her youth through age 50. Stellan Skarsgard plays her husband, and Nicole Kidman has suggested she might have a small role.
As for LaBeouf, the ex-child star known for his roles in the Transformers movies and the latestIndiana Jones installment has traded standard studio fare for indie films.
“I’m done,” he vents to THR (SOURCE credit) in this week’s issue. “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.”
As to why LaBeouf took the Nymphomaniac job: “Because [von Trier's] dangerous. He scares me. And I’m only going to work now when I’m terrified.”
Now, the part about the film is fine. (Melancholia is a trippy movie and Antichrist is wickedly strange, for the record.) I agree with him in large part about his statements about Hollywood and the studio system. What I don’t agree with is his being done with it. Guaranteed this guy will be pushing out Hollywood fare soon enough. Dude has to eat. And he will have to eat his words that he is through (IMO), even if others won’t hold him accountable for his statements. This in the end is “whatever”. Thoughts?