LaBeouf matures but still scared of Nymphomaniac
Shia LaBeouf, as an actor, hasn't really set my screen alight. He's parked up in big blockbuster films but never really screamed out what talent that he has, and in Indiana Jones he became one of the focus points of some pretty negative feelings. He's known as the blockbuster actor.
With his latest roles he's taking somewhat of a departure and while talking about his fears in appearing in Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac which will feature real on-screen sex, he reveals that he's done with the blockbuster films and suddenly leaps upwards in my estimation.
Lars von Trier is always going to court controversy but to be honest the idea of real sex in film isn't really one of those controversial points anymore, it's been done the taboo has been broken and films have already paved the way, however his portrayal of sex in Antichrist (Filmstalker review) did push boundaries even more and plenty of buttons on the way there.
Yet his latest film The Nymphomaniac, a film that will be in two parts, promises much more on screen sex than he's filmed before although hopefully much less upsetting sex. The film is going to chronicle the sexual life of a woman as she discovers her sexuality and moves on through life, a thoroughly intriguing prospect that really only causes concern when you think about some of the comments the writer/director has made about how young the story might begin.
That to the side though, for audiences the idea of real on screen sex shouldn't cause too much of a stir unless you're still of the belief that sex is evil and wrong and so you shouldn't be watching this anyway, and if you do want to watch you can turn your eye to the version of the film that will have the explicit scenes edited out.
Yet put yourselves in the shoes of the actors set to star in the film and things become a little different. They're the ones who will have to perform the scenes, or may have to, and in a room full of cameras and crew.
"...there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening...
...(von Trier's) dangerous. He scares me...and I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified."
I would be rather scared too but then it's that last comment that begins to raise and interest in the actor all of a sudden, something he reiterates with further comments about his current and future career.
"I'm done...There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he's f---ed. There's no way for him to exist in that world."
Excellent career choice for the actor although I do think he perhaps shouldn't totally alienate the blockbusters and the big studios he is making a good overall choice for himself. His next few films will tell us just how well he can cope with that move and what he can deliver starting with Lawless, Robert Redford's The Company You Keep, and of course The Nymphomaniac.