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Why is Shia LaBouef in every single movie?

tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
Having just seen that Shia LaBouef has been indicated as having been cast as Yorrick in Y: The Last Man my bemusement over what anyone sees in him continues to skyrocket. His movies, although successful, do not rely on him in any way. In Transformers and Indiana Jones for example, you could have replaced his character with any other actor, and I would barely have noticed. You could have had someone new play him in every scene!

Now he seems to have some kind of enchantment woven around him which makes directors think he is perfect for every role. He's the leading man in 2 or 3 big upcoming movies I want to see, but I want to see them despite his participation, not because of it. However I know if I do go and see them I will just contribute to him continuing to be cast in roles far better suited for other actors!

Is it simply because he is the one man in Hollywood noone actively objects to? Is his sheer boring and bland nature his greatest asset? Does he have the worlds greatest agent? Is he just "not for me"? Perhaps the ladies love a slice of LaBouef.

So, can anyone explain his miraculous rise to fame? Hell, surely if anyone from Transformers was memorable it was Meghan Fox? I mean, she isn't a great actress, but at least she is as hot as being cast into the corona of a star on a hot day while wearing a winter coat.

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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Who? I am not thread-shitting, I just have no idea who he is.

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    tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Tav wrote: »
    Who? I am not thread-shitting, I just have no idea who he is.

    Exactly! He is the blandest man in the world! Learn boring facts about him and the bland acting he does here on Wikipedia...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shia_LaBeouf

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    ÆthelredÆthelred Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Hollywood executives think of him as a good "geeky" hero. Really.

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    Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    You could just GIS him, but it's the dude from Transformers. Or Indiana Jones. Or Even Stevens, if you roll like that -- he was originally a Disney channel star. There was a joke that he would be Robin in a new Batman movie, which I find absolutely hilarious.

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    Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood My baby's in there someplace She crawled right inRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I love him if only because you can bastardize his name in so many ways. My favorite is Shyeah LaBeef.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I felt he was very good and in character in Indiana Jones.

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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    You could just GIS him, but it's the dude from Transformers. Or Indiana Jones. Or Even Stevens, if you roll like that -- he was originally a Disney channel star. A funny joke was that he would be Robin in a new Batman movie, which I find absolutely hilarious.

    I've not seen any of them. Ah well.

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    saggiosaggio Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Who cares?

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    NocturneNocturne Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Yeah, I think he has that down-to-earth, kid-next-door type of feel to him.

    I guess my real question would be why do you dislike him? Or would you rather see Tom Cruise in every role or what?

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    AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Better Question: Why is Shia LaBouef in every movie you want to see?

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    JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited July 2008
    He's a decent actor who seems to have garnered a retarded amount of hate from nerds because he keeps getting cast in their favorite movies instead of Bruce Campbell or the captain dude from Firefly.

    The diner scene in Crystal Skull, where Mutt was introduced, was the first time the movie came alive for me at all. He had good chemistry with Ford and did a better job selling the ridiculous CGI situations than many of the older, more distinguished cast members. That was the case in Transformers as well; he managed to carve a reasonably likable character out of a fucking abysmal script. I think he's got talent and Y might be his big chance to really prove it.

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    The Raging PlatypusThe Raging Platypus Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Better Question: Why is Shia LaBouef in every movie you want to see?


    Bingo.

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    theparttimetheparttime Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    what I don't like about la boof is that in the interviews of him I've seen of him, he comes off all cocky and annoying. I just wanna slap him. but i've accepted him i guess, hollywood seems to love him. And he's rumored to be in the film adaption of y the last man. So what can ya do

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    reminderGTOreminderGTO Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
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    I honestly get him confused with this guy all the damn time.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    tbloxham wrote: »
    Is it simply because he is the one man in Hollywood noone actively objects to? Is his sheer boring and bland nature his greatest asset? Does he have the worlds greatest agent? Is he just "not for me"? Perhaps the ladies love a slice of LaBouef.

    Well, the ladies that I know all seem to think he's sexalicious.
    So, can anyone explain his miraculous rise to fame? Hell, surely if anyone from Transformers was memorable it was Meghan Fox? I mean, she isn't a great actress, but at least she is as hot as being cast into the corona of a star on a hot day while wearing a winter coat.

    True. But Shia was A) the star and thus B) had more screen time and lines. Plus, Fox (while hot) is pretty forgettable. There are a dozen other actresses I can think of that are just as hot.
    jacobkosh wrote: »
    He's a decent actor who seems to have garnered a retarded amount of hate from nerds because he keeps getting cast in their favorite movies instead of Bruce Campbell or the captain dude from Firefly.

    The diner scene in Crystal Skull, where Mutt was introduced, was the first time the movie came alive for me at all. He had good chemistry with Ford and did a better job selling the ridiculous CGI situations than many of the older, more distinguished cast members. That was the case in Transformers as well; he managed to carve a reasonably likable character out of a fucking abysmal script. I think he's got talent and Y might be his big chance to really prove it.

    Also, this.

    I mean, I'm no huge fan or anything, but he's not a bad actor. And he's got that geeky everyman appeal that a lot of chicks seem to dig.

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    Casual EddyCasual Eddy The Astral PlaneRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I would wreck shia like a drunk driver's sport's car

    just sayin'

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    NarianNarian Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    JG-L

    I honestly get him confused with this guy all the damn time.

    Except Joseph Gordon-Levitt is extremely awesome.

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    Post BluePost Blue Redmond, WARegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    It'll pass.

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    PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I hate him mostly for I, Robot.

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    Fleck0Fleck0 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I used to think he was pretty funny back when he was on the disney channel, and I was around 16-17 at that time. IMO he's a child star gone right, and have enjoyed him as an actor even when the movie he's in is shit

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    ProtoProto Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    jacobkosh wrote: »
    He's a decent actor who seems to have garnered a retarded amount of hate from nerds because he keeps getting cast in their favorite movies instead of Bruce Campbell or the captain dude from Firefly.

    actually , it's probably because he keeps getting cast in movies which nerds have high hopes for but turn out to suck ass (transformers, indy 4).

    He might be alright as yorrick. I hope they don't ruin that story.

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    BearcatBearcat Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    From Wikipedia:
    Following high-school, LaBeouf was accepted to Yale University but declined, later remarking that he is "getting the kind of education you don't get at school,"

    What the fuck? He declined Yale?
    I have nothing about LaBeouf, but that's just retarded.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Proto wrote: »
    jacobkosh wrote: »
    He's a decent actor who seems to have garnered a retarded amount of hate from nerds because he keeps getting cast in their favorite movies instead of Bruce Campbell or the captain dude from Firefly.

    actually , it's probably because he keeps getting cast in movies which nerds have high hopes for but turn out to suck ass (transformers, indy 4).

    He might be alright as yorrick. I hope they don't ruin that story.

    And the funny part is, he generally isn't the reason they suck. Transformers or Indy could have been fine, with him in it, given better scripts. It's not like it sucked because of him.

    Unless anybody here honestly thinks Crystal Skull would have been the best Indy ever if it had had Nathan Fillion as Mutt.
    Yes, I realize he'd be far too old for Mutt. Just a joke because of what jacobkosh said.

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    tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I just can't stand the fact he is so incredibly boring, he doesn't act, he just stands around with his mouth slightly open looking like a twit. I just refuse to believe that "bland and unobjectionable" can be the #1 characteristic in a Hollywood leading man. I mean, I like a cheese sandwhich as much as the next person, but I don't choose it for every meal just because there isn't anything bad about it.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt conversely is actually interesting.

    And whomever it was who referenced the scene when Shia appeared in Indy as when the movie got good deserves to be slapped with a fish. Shia was barely even in that movie in terms of what he contributed as an actor. Heck, you could have given Indiana Jones a hot daughter and cast Meghan Fox in the role and the only thing you would need to change would have been a few "He's" to "She's" and at least I might have been aware when she was on the screen.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Bearcat wrote: »
    From Wikipedia:
    Following high-school, LaBeouf was accepted to Yale University but declined, later remarking that he is "getting the kind of education you don't get at school,"

    What the fuck? He declined Yale?
    I have nothing about LaBeouf, but that's just retarded.

    He's making a hell of a lot more money right now than the average Yale grad.

    And it's not like he'll suddenly be unable to get into college (even Yale) if he decides to later. If you got accepted once, it's not like you'll suddenly not get accepted when you have $texas.

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    tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0479471/

    Yes, that sure is a long list of feature films he's been in!

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    BearcatBearcat Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Bearcat wrote: »
    From Wikipedia:
    Following high-school, LaBeouf was accepted to Yale University but declined, later remarking that he is "getting the kind of education you don't get at school,"

    What the fuck? He declined Yale?
    I have nothing about LaBeouf, but that's just retarded.

    He's making a hell of a lot more money right now than the average Yale grad.

    And it's not like he'll suddenly be unable to get into college (even Yale) if he decides to later. If you got accepted once, it's not like you'll suddenly not get accepted when you have $texas.


    I realize now he probably made this decision after he was making some decent cash-flow acting. But if it were after Holes or something, that would be different.

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    MuragoMurago Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I kinda like him. Constantine, IJ4, Transformers. Witty and relatable.

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    The Lord of HatsThe Lord of Hats Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    For a long time, I've had a theory that any movie that has Shia LaBeouf in it is automatically worse than it would be if it was someone else (with an equal level of skill) in the role instead.

    And it's not because of anything he does, because he's actually a pretty good actor. It just... is. Like he's got some kind of movie-affecting aura or something.

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    tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Murago wrote: »
    I kinda like him. Constantine, IJ4, Transformers. Witty and relatable.

    But my key point is that those movies whould have been exactly the same without him in them. The roles he played, you could have cast a cardboard cut out of a cat in it and the movie would have been identical.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Bearcat wrote: »
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Bearcat wrote: »
    From Wikipedia:
    Following high-school, LaBeouf was accepted to Yale University but declined, later remarking that he is "getting the kind of education you don't get at school,"

    What the fuck? He declined Yale?
    I have nothing about LaBeouf, but that's just retarded.

    He's making a hell of a lot more money right now than the average Yale grad.

    And it's not like he'll suddenly be unable to get into college (even Yale) if he decides to later. If you got accepted once, it's not like you'll suddenly not get accepted when you have $texas.


    I realize now he probably made this decision after he was making some decent cash-flow acting. But if it were after Holes or something, that would be different.

    Well, the trivia page at IMDB suggests that he graduated in '03, so he made this decision after all the Even Stevens crap (which probably paid more than you'd expect...as I imagine Holes did as well) and probably right about the time he was cast in I, Robot. Hell, the latter was probably what led him to the decision.

    So he wasn't exactly raking in the bucks, but he had a pretty good chance at a career at that point. And again, it's not like blowjobs will rain from the heavens just because you went to Yale. If he could get accepted to Yale, he could probably have (assuming he couldn't get back into Yale) gotten into any of a dozen other top-tier schools.

    Doing a movie with Will Smith (whether you're a fan or not) has to rank up there with Yale on the list of "things people would fucking kill to do."
    But my key point is that those movies whould have been exactly the same without him in them. The roles he played, you could have cast a cardboard cut out of a cat in it and the movie would have been identical.

    Um...no. I'll agree that in some of his roles you could probably cast any of maybe a dozen other dudes and have little effect on the movie, but that doesn't make him a bad actor. This whole "would have been the same without him" thing you have going could probably be said for tons of actors and actresses.

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    ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited July 2008
    What Mickey-D said. Shia's a decent-to-good actor with a lot of charisma, and given the right part he may be awesome. He may be somewhat held back by his face, which is very boyish, but otherwise I can see him as a slightly goofier Jake Gyllenhall, who I really enjoy.

    As to Yale, I think there are plenty of reasons to turn it down, not the least of which is the fact that it costs $Texas to go there, and the education you get honestly isn't worth the money you pay (except for a few key fields, and then mostly because of the prestige-factor).

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    What Mickey-D said. Shia's a decent-to-good actor with a lot of charisma, and given the right part he may be awesome. He may be somewhat held back by his face, which is very boyish, but otherwise I can see him as a slightly goofier Jake Gyllenhall, who I really enjoy.

    Yeah...like I said, I'm not a fan, but he's halfway decent. I can't think of any movie that he made actively worse, or that would necessarily have been any better given a different actor. I'm not exactly going to run out and see something because he's in it, but I'm not all pissed if he's there either.

    The wife, on the other hand, sees his name on a movie and starts actively ovulating. Seriously, I think it's a tie between him and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who are like, polar opposites, but whatever) for "dudes she goes ga-ga over." And the latter seems to be showing up in a lot of shit now, too...go figure.

    I think I may have just answered the question in the thread title, no?
    Women age 12-75 are a stronger demographic than nerds age 16 to 24, apparently.

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    LondonBridgeLondonBridge __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    Shia is better now than when he was a teen actor. Young actors can be funny as sometimes I hate them when they're young but as they get older they become awesome. Same went for Brian Austin Green who is just awesome in the Terminator series but I remember hating his ass in BH 90210..

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    Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    i've really liked shia labeouf since even stevens days, so i'm already biased

    but i think what really made me like him as a movie actor is probably disturbia - totally underrated, entertaining as fuck movie.

    i recommend it.

    edit: oh and eagle eye is gonna be awesome/looks awesome.

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    Fatty McBeardoFatty McBeardo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I thought he was funny in Transformers. Pulled off a teenage smart alec reasonably well.

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    tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mcdermott wrote: »
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    What Mickey-D said. Shia's a decent-to-good actor with a lot of charisma, and given the right part he may be awesome. He may be somewhat held back by his face, which is very boyish, but otherwise I can see him as a slightly goofier Jake Gyllenhall, who I really enjoy.

    Yeah...like I said, I'm not a fan, but he's halfway decent. I can't think of any movie that he made actively worse, or that would necessarily have been any better given a different actor. I'm not exactly going to run out and see something because he's in it, but I'm not all pissed if he's there either.

    The wife, on the other hand, sees his name on a movie and starts actively ovulating. Seriously, I think it's a tie between him and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who are like, polar opposites, but whatever) for "dudes she goes ga-ga over." And the latter seems to be showing up in a lot of shit now, too...go figure.

    I think I may have just answered the question in the thread title, no?
    Women age 12-75 are a stronger demographic than nerds age 16 to 24, apparently.

    Except for the fact that these women you reference are the first I've heard of who have thought Shia LaBouef had even the remotest shred of sex appeal. Every girl I know thinks he is bland, uninteresting and vaguely weasel-like.

    I agree with you, yes, he doesn't make the movies worse. However, why not hire someone who would make them better! There are dozens of actors who could fill his roles and do so better than him. We've seen a picture of one in this thread already.

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    chasmchasm Ill-tempered Texan Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    tbloxham wrote: »
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt conversely is actually interesting.

    After seeing The Lookout, I finally became convinced that he would make the transition from child actor to adult actor. And I like his attitude about celebrity and the movie business.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    tbloxham wrote: »
    Except for the fact that these women you reference are the first I've heard of who have thought Shia LaBouef had even the remotest shred of sex appeal. Every girl I know thinks he is bland, uninteresting and vaguely weasel-like.

    Fair enough. Like I said, my experience differs.
    I agree with you, yes, he doesn't make the movies worse. However, why not hire someone who would make them better! There are dozens of actors who could fill his roles and do so better than him. We've seen a picture of one in this thread already.

    See, and here I'll just agree to disagree. I'm not convinced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be that much better in any given role. I'm not convinced that Shia is the devil. I get it, you hate him. That's cool. But obviously not everybody does.

    Again, I'll just agree with jacobkosh from way up-thread.

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