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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.




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