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Nov. 9, 2007by: Sturdy

... don't screw it up Shia!
by Sturdy

A while ago, I actually sat down to write an article basically saying that Shia LaBeouf wasnt all that and that people should wait a while before pronouncing him the next big thing. Then I realized I hadnt seen him in many movies and so I went out and picked up a few of his recent films. Needless to say, I had to delete the previous article and now Im here to say that Shia LaBeouf is the next big thing and to ask him not to screw it up.

So what made me change my mind? I cant quite put my finger on it, but you know how people always say he has that it quality when referring to a great actor? Thats kind of how I feel about Shia. No one really knows what it means, but I think of it as that something extra certain actors bring to a role that other actors cant. Thats exactly what Shia brings to a film. Its not the way he delivers a line or his timing, its his natural mannerisms and personality that make him different.


Anyone else notice there were an awful lot of shots of Sarah Roemers ass in DISTURBIA???

However, when a young actor encounters a lot of success so early in his or her career, it can easily spell doom for them later on. Theyll either get too cocky and no one will work with them, pick a bunch of crap roles or theyll get addicted to some designer drug. I dont see Shia falling into any of these categories, but when Steven Spielberg raves about you in Vanity Fair, how can you not be a little cocky? Not to mention hes had a string of successful films and has a guaranteed future success with Mr. Jones.


Yes, the mustache is cheesy looking, but were going to have to get used to it.

What I would be more worried about is the role picking. That seems to be the downfall of every once-great actor. I got nervous when he chose to do TRANSFORMERS, but he did a good job in it and it turned out to be a successful film. Of course, having any part in an Indiana Jones film is a good career move. The question now is how is he going to follow it up? Is he going to sell out and do some more summer blockbusters? Or is he going to challenge himself as an actor and play a mentally retarded, physically crippled drug addict trying to solve the murder of his younger brother? These are the kind of decisions Shia is going to have to make. Personally, Id like to see him use the Clooney-alternating tactic and alternate between smaller films and summer blockbusters.


You cant say he hasnt worked with some hotties.

But just when Im about to crown the kid the future king of Hollywood, he goes and does something incredibly stupid like this. Heres a personal message to Shia: You have the world at your feet, the greatest director of all time publicly praising you, a string of hit films and youve been linked to some serious hotties. Getting drunk and then getting kicked out of a Walgreens is not the way to keep up your success. So cmon Shia, dont screw this up.

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12:36AM on 11/10/2007

It's funny

About a year ago I was totally on the other side of the fence on him. I thought he was annoying on the Disney Channel, and a douche in movies like I Robot and Constantine. But he was the only worthy human character in Transformers. And Disturbia wouldn't have been half a good with anybody else. He also seems more interested in being an actor than a celebrity, which is unusual for a young'n in hollywood.
About a year ago I was totally on the other side of the fence on him. I thought he was annoying on the Disney Channel, and a douche in movies like I Robot and Constantine. But he was the only worthy human character in Transformers. And Disturbia wouldn't have been half a good with anybody else. He also seems more interested in being an actor than a celebrity, which is unusual for a young'n in hollywood.
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12:59PM on 11/09/2007
I think it was his humility in Project Greenlight that sold me on this kid. Let's hope he's not the second coming of Drew Barrymore. :(
I think it was his humility in Project Greenlight that sold me on this kid. Let's hope he's not the second coming of Drew Barrymore. :(
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12:47PM on 11/09/2007
Truthfully, when I first read that article I thought something fishy was going on. Like, some people giving him bad publicity because they're jealous of his success. I don't know, but something doesn't seem right about it.

And as for being cocky, I've never seen Shia come off as such in interviews. I remember watching the footage from Comic-Con when they broadcasted from the Indy IV set and Shia seemed (even though they'd been filming for a while) shocked that he was in an Indiana Jones
Truthfully, when I first read that article I thought something fishy was going on. Like, some people giving him bad publicity because they're jealous of his success. I don't know, but something doesn't seem right about it.

And as for being cocky, I've never seen Shia come off as such in interviews. I remember watching the footage from Comic-Con when they broadcasted from the Indy IV set and Shia seemed (even though they'd been filming for a while) shocked that he was in an Indiana Jones picture with Harrison Ford; not to mention working with Spielberg, Ray Winstone, Karen Allen, and Cate Blanchett, to just name a few of the stellar cast in Indy IV.

Basically what I'm saying is, I don't think there's any reason to fear that Shia will head down the Path of Lohan. To me he's always appeared to have too much character for that.

Oh, and as for challenging himself as an actor, Shia played a mentally challegend kid in a Disney Channel original movie back during his "Even Stevens" days, and did an admirable job. The title of the movie escapes me, though.
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12:42PM on 11/09/2007

i feel special

Is it 'cause of my link on the forums for this article?
No? OK, never mind then...

I agree that Shia has "got it", and hope he does good for himself.
Is it 'cause of my link on the forums for this article?
No? OK, never mind then...

I agree that Shia has "got it", and hope he does good for himself.
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12:05PM on 11/09/2007

Really?

I still don't get it. Ok, maybe I haven't seen Disturbia (MTV's Rear Window doesn't really appeal to me) but I've seen him in Transformers, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Holes and Constantine... Stop me when I'm wrong but...when did he act in these movies? All four he played "annoying geeky kid#1" and played it to the point that there was absolutely no sympathsizing with his characters. How is he the next big thing exactly? He can't act. Or if he can, he's yet to have a role in which he shows
I still don't get it. Ok, maybe I haven't seen Disturbia (MTV's Rear Window doesn't really appeal to me) but I've seen him in Transformers, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Holes and Constantine... Stop me when I'm wrong but...when did he act in these movies? All four he played "annoying geeky kid#1" and played it to the point that there was absolutely no sympathsizing with his characters. How is he the next big thing exactly? He can't act. Or if he can, he's yet to have a role in which he shows it. So he's got good PR... good for him. The kid's gone within a year or two if he doesn't actually attempt to solidfy this hype.
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10:40AM on 11/09/2007
For anyone who doubts the lads acting, check out A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. Not the greatest film, but really captivating performances, especially from Shia.

My advice to him is to use his fame to get behind a small project he really believes in and avoid anything above 100 million for the next few projects.
For anyone who doubts the lads acting, check out A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. Not the greatest film, but really captivating performances, especially from Shia.

My advice to him is to use his fame to get behind a small project he really believes in and avoid anything above 100 million for the next few projects.
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10:15AM on 11/09/2007

come on, man

it was total publicity. i don't mind shia myself- he seems to have good presence on camera and can actually act. but if the studio/his agent had wanted to keep this out of the press, it would've been easy. they let the story out so people can think of him as a little bit of a bad boy so we can accept him in indiana jones.
it was total publicity. i don't mind shia myself- he seems to have good presence on camera and can actually act. but if the studio/his agent had wanted to keep this out of the press, it would've been easy. they let the story out so people can think of him as a little bit of a bad boy so we can accept him in indiana jones.
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