“Why, yes, I did glue pubic hair to my face. You like?”
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter to promote Lawless, which actually looks awesome despite the inclusion of Beef, Shia LaBeouf continues his transition into a hipster Jesus artiste who’s no longer interested in making studio movies but “visionary” films that “terrify” him even though he’s sitting on a pile of Transformers money and can spend the rest of his life filming a snail crawl across his scrotum set to Viennese opera. Oh, God, I gave him ideas.
Refreshingly candid and abundantly energetic, LaBeouf was a driving force in getting Lawless made. The indie film opens in the U.S. over Labor Day weekend, just as LaBeouf goes to the Venice Film Festival for the world premiere of The Company You Keep, directed by Robert Redford. 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.”
However, cinema Serpico here does regret shitting on Steven Spielberg‘s foot by trashing the fourth Indiana Jones:
“He told me there’s a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there’s a time to sell cars,” he recalls. “It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei.”