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Shia LaBeouf Smashes Studio System, Swears Loyalty To Indie Productions

The desire for money and power is too much temptation for almost all some people, especially in Hollywood.

I can’t even remember the last time a star turned his back on the studio system, which is what makes THR‘s interview with Shia LaBeouf so darn special.

LaBeouf, who quickly rose to stardom after various supporting roles including Constantine and I, Robot, before entering the world of Steven Spielberg with DreamWorks’ Disturbia, has officially turned his back on the studio system.

He’s left behind the piles of money and stardom for the sake of creative freedom (not to say an indie feature can’t provide the aforementioned).

Read on…

The Transformers star isn’t just walking away from the Hollywood studio system that raised him — he’s bolting. “I’m done,” says the 26-year-old actor, who is devoting his career to indie film and soon starts shooting Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist,” he says. “You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he’s f–ed. There’s no way for him to exist in that world.

Company and LaBeouf’s The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, now in postproduction, were financed by L.A.-based Voltage Pictures. “These dudes are a miracle,” he says. 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.

The best blurb is in regards to LaBeouf shooting Nymphomaniac after Venice. Von Trier intends to release two cuts, one much more sexually explicit. As to why LaBeouf took the job: “Because he’s dangerous. He scares me. And I’m only going to work now when I’m terrified.

These are strong words from the young star who has essentially given the middle finger to the most powerful people in Tinseltown. Now that’s he’s taken the steps into directing, maybe there’s a visionary looming who will take the film world by storm? Your thoughts?

Below: Kid Cudi’s music video for “Maniac” directed by LaBeouf.



  • Radicalex

    Awesome. Never really had an opinion on this dude one way or the other, but I have a lot of respect for both his attitude and his candor.

  • Radicalex

    …Although the photo for this writeup looks like a random shot of some freshman at a kegger party at U. of Toledo or something.

  • flesheater24

    LMFAO best story ever. maybe if more actors/actresses do this hollywood would realized what they have.

  • djblack1313

    to be fair he’s already made kajillions and kajillions of dollars. so it’s not like he’s now going to live hand to mouth. he’s not going hungry. but i DO give him props for doing what he wants.

  • Interested in seeing what he comes up with. I like him as an actor sure…but directing is totally different(from what I understand). Loved that “music video”….IMO very dark.

  • mav07

    djblack1313, just what I was going to say! He’s already made his millions so it’s pretty easy for him to say all this now. But I agree with most of what he’s saying, but there are a lot of great “studio” directors who basically have the power to say “fuck you, i’ve proved myself in the past and this is how shit is going to roll.” So hopefully he doesn’t burn any bridges with directors.

  • MichaelScotts-apprentice

    I think this transcendence( or descendence, depending on how you look at it) from studio films into indie all go started after this: . Primarily from 0:44-0:50.

  • rockstar_carebear

    He is my arch-nemesis, I have vowed to destroy him. Just sayin’.

  • thegreatone

    Thought the video was very well done. I always liked him as an actor and if this is the direction he’s going in, then I applaud him.

  • Nothing333

    This has nothing to do with horror and he’s incredibly pretentious.

  • isoph0451

    Never cared for him, and I agree with mav07 and djblack1313; he’s already made money, and to be frank there are some great directors that work for studios. He’s doing better than me obviously, but he also has a terrible mouth and criticizes films he willingly participates in.

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  • Dr_Loomis

    Hopefully this means he won’t be in Indiana Jones 5.

  • doomas10

    easy for him to say when you gave us such classy performances in Revenge of the fallen, dark of the moon (by far the best performance of LaBeouf) and should i mention the oscar worthy one of Crystal Skull? Despite not liking actors who sacrifice their integrity for Hollywood parts at least you should be grateful. Or else why you start appearing in sequel after sequel *cough* money never sleeps? Piss off!

  • aceofspades

    Yeah, I’m with you guys. He is wealthy now, so he can do whatever he wants. It’s not like he has to struggle to feed himself and find financing for anything. And hell yes, directing is Completely different than acting. Good for him though. At least he believes in the indie world.

  • Nothing333

    Doomas you said it. None of his performances in film have neared the quality of good. Think of the face twitching scene in the university in Transformers where he is downloading info and spazzing out. He should be blacklisted from Hollywood on the basis of that scene alone.

  • superchopper

    It’s easy to talk shit when you are a multi-multi-millionaire who can greenlight a picture. Happy to hear the truth but let’s wait to see Shia walk the walk…


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