As part of an in-depth interview with Esquire, actor Shia LaBeouf is owning up to some of his troubled past from his previous work to his embarrassing arrest and a desire to put things back on the right track.
Through it all, LaBeouf has still popped up every now and then on screen and admits that the ‘bad boy’ stigma follows him wherever he goes to the point of greatly affecting his career. He says:
“I’m run out. No one’s giving me a shot right now. Spike Lee is making a movie. I was talking to him about it. He goes to the money and pushes to try to get me in the movie, the money says no, and that’s the end of me hanging out with Spike Lee for this film.”
LaBeouf made headlines for saying racially insensitive comments during an arrest in Georgia and admits what happened was “mortifying. White privilege and desperation and disaster… It came from a place of self-centered delusion.” He also admits to fudging the chances he got from both Steven Spielberg with the fourth “Indiana Jones” film and from Michael Bay for the first three “Transformers”. That said, he’s still not a fan of the latter franchise:
“Michael [Bay] and Steven [Spielberg] did a lot for me. I’m not going to pooh-pooh those dudes anymore. My hang-up with those [“Transformers”] films was that they felt irrelevant. They felt dated as f–k… You come up on these stories about ‘Easy Rider” and ‘Raging Bull’ and De Niro and Scorsese and Hopper, and you find value in what they do. Meanwhile, you’re chasing energon crystals. It’s very hard to keep doing what you’re doing when you feel like it’s the antithesis of your purpose on this planet.”
LaBeouf will soon be seen in the upcoming “Borg/McEnroe” as tennis legend John McEnroe. That hits theatrical and VOD on April 13th and check out the recently released trailer below: