Shia LaBeouf sat down with the BBC recently to promote next week's Michael Bay blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." The actor had some enlightening things to say about the giant robot spectacle. There was one comment in particular that kneejerk detractors of shallow action films should definitely take heed of: "This is escapism. This is a fun movie." (emphasis his) Damn straight, Shia. Damn straight.
The actor also had something to share about the next "Indiana Jones" movie. As you may remember, LaBeouf starred opposite Harrison Ford in 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." The short version: it's happening. Want to know more? Keep reading.
LaBeouf specifically had this to say on the next "Indiana Jones" flick: "[Director Steven Spielberg] just said that he cracked the story on it before I left and I think they're gearing that up." So we have confirmation at least. I wonder if Ford will reprise the title character in a starring role, or if Indiana will instead be relegated to a high-profile sidelines. I feel pretty certain that he'll at least pop up, but not so much about him being a central character.
The actor also had a bit to say about his coming part in the "Wall Street" sequel, which will be quite a change from the high-intensity action of a Michael Bay blockbuster like "Transformers." "Definitely no special effects in that movie," LaBeouf said with a small grin. "['Wall Street' director] Oliver Stone is just a different filmmaker than I've experienced. He's just a bit more rebellious than Steven [Spielberg] and has a different edge than [Michael Bay]."
Which isn't to say that LaBeouf has had a problem with any of his recent directors. "It's fun to get to work with your superheroes," he explained. "These guys are Batman & Robin to me... I get to wake up and shake hands with mermaids and unicorns. I live in a fantasy world, which is amazing." I have to say, as a devoted fan of the blockbuster in all of its many forms, I can fully respect what a thrill it would be to work every day with a Stone or a Bay or a Spielberg.
Are you going to see "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" next week? Or do you hate fun?