Shia LaBeouf did not have the typical upbringing that most young Disney actor’s experience. After all, the 26-year-old star of Even Stevens reportedly was terrorized by his father who, on one occasion, pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback according to “The Orange County Register.” Nevertheless, the actor never seemed able to shake a view that he was somewhat naïve, even though he grew up on the Streets of Los Angeles.
When LaBeouf stared in the Oliver Stone film, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he had already gained a sort of bad boy reputation as a result of several arrests. The first coming in Nov. 2007 when a security guard asked him to leave a Chicago Walgreens; after refusing to do so, LaBeouf was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing, but the charges were eventually dropped.
In 2008 an arrest warrant was drawn up against him for failing to make a court appearance for smoking in Burbank Ca. Charges were dismissed after LaBeouf paid a $500 fine.
In a later incident during that same year, LaBeouf was involved in a car crash. Reports say his vehicle was hit from the side by a vehicle running a red light. Police responding to the accident notice the smell of alcohol on LaBeuof’s breath and asked him to take a breathalyzer examination, which the actor refused to do. He was arrested at the scene for misdemeanor drunk driving and his license was suspended for one year.
But something else happened to LaBeouf as a result of the accident. His left hand had been crushed upon impact during the accident. The Disney star consequently had to undergo many hand surgeries that left him with a screw in one of his knuckles and a shaved bone from his hip was used to repair his finger. and plates in hand.
It is believed that these series of event had a traumatic effect on the young actor, perhaps fueling the reputation perceived of him while on the set of “Wall Street.” One characterization found in a 2010 article titled “We Must Stop LaBeouf Before He Ruins Everything, said: “He loves to sully good, pure things with his presence.” Another asked, “What else will Shia LaBeouf tarnish with his bland inoffensive charm and inexpressive face?
One may never know if LaBeouf’s early poverty, later run-ins with the police, traumatic hand injury, social naivety or the envy he sparked in others lead him to criticize one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood, nevertheless, the “Lawless” actor appears to have a been on a self-destruction course culminating with his condescending rebuff of Steven Spielberg; telling the director that he “dropped the ball” on “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” LaBeouf claimed it didn’t live up to the standards set by the rest of the adventure series. Understand this in context, not only is Spielberg the guy primarily responsible for LaBeouf’s rapid rise, he’s essentially LaBeouf’s boss, paying the actor to follow his direction.
Now that it’s too late to withdraw his disparaging remarks, LaBeouf reportedly regrets his criticism of Spielberg. “The Hollywood Reporter,” told its readers: LaBeouf “deeply regrets” his negative comments, which at the time led Harrison Ford to brand him a “F**king idiot.”
In the same interview with “The Hollywood Reporter” LaBeouf said: “[Spielberg] told me there’s a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there’s a time to sell cars,” he said. “It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei.”
Near the end of his interview with “The Hollywood Reporter,” the “Lawless” star told that he has no plans to work within the Hollywood studio system from now on.
LaBeouf is Jewish and so is Spielberg, hence that is nothing in the world that would convince me that the young actor could have made a public apology and privately moved to resolve his impulsive slip of the tongue to Spielberg’s delight.
It seems LaBeouf may have let his ego get the best of him, and thus, has tragically boxed his career into a corner where he feels he must accept an unconventional role in Lars von Trier’s film “Nymphomaniac,” which chronicles a woman’s search to discover he hidden erotic desires. The role is unconventional because the actors will be directed to engage in authentic sexual intercourse, a practice that is not conventional in any sense of the word.
One has to think, has LaBeouf lost his mind. So what that the actor isn’t squeaky clean, he’s got a little dirt in his past and a fractured relationship with Steven Spielberg, von Trier’s movie is simply not the solution to LaBeouf’s problem.
Everybody has already seen the actor nude in the music video for Sigur Ros’ “Fjogur piano.” It’s no wonder crushable.com found it hard to think of Shia LaBeouf as a sex symbol of any sort. And hey, they made that claim before he stared in this most recent music video.
I’m not alone in my astonishment of the actor’s recent decision to participate in “Nymphomaniac.” The Zap 2 it blog laments that “LaBeouf’s upcoming project can be added to the list of his bizarre hehavior.
But the real clincher as I mentioned earlier: LaBeouf’s sex scenes in the film won’t be simulated or choreographed. They’ll be real sex scenes on camera. “It is what you think it is,” LaBeouf tells MTV. “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.”
As volatile on set as LaBeouf reportedly is, why would he want to risk sabotaging his career by doing porn, never mind von Trier is using real actors and a conventional script?
Is LaBeouf’s life so shallow and fractured that he would chance a promising profession to engage in on screen penetration?
“I’m done,” LeBeouf explained. “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**ked. There’s no way for him to exist in that world.”
The fact of the matter is LaBeouf doesn’t have a studio picture on his slate; instead, he’s signed on to appear in Lars von Trier’s sexually explicit “The Nymphomaniac.”
The reality of the situation suggests that LaBeouf is desperately trying to stay relevant in an industry where relevancy typically last fifteen minutes for most, and can be cut short for others; but acting in simi-porn movie could have a diametrically opposite result.
Working with Spielberg would certainly be worlds away from working with Lars von Trier, as “The Nymphomaniac” gears up to shoot next month with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård andWillem Dafoe also in the cast.
Though LaBeouf says he’s prepared to do “Whatever’s asked of me,” by director Lars von Trier, the question that we all are perhaps asking is what can director von Trier do for his career that director Spielberg couldn’t accomplish, especially since he was LaBeouf’s mentor.
LaBeouf fans shouldn’t get this thing twisted; many of whom are young and perhaps are anticipating the actor in a sex scene. I have one philosophic approach in life that has never failed me yet, so I encourage you to consider this; “If something looks too good to be true, it’s probably not true.”
Watching LaBeouf having sex on the big screen is something no one should be looking forward too, but if you’re one of the one’s it will be exciting, just remember, you’ve been warned.