Shia LaBeouf Says His New Indie Flick 'Lawless' Was a Risk (VIDEO)
After making news this weekend regarding his new role in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomanic and performing “real” sex, Shia LaBeouf was on Good Morning America Monday to discuss his new movie Lawless.
The film, which will be released August 28, is set in prohibition-era Virginia and focuses on the bootlegging operation the three Bondurant brothers are running. LaBeouf plays Jack Bondurant in the film which also stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Jason Clark.
What did the actor have to say about the flick?
“It was a hard movie to make,” said LaBeouf about the film which has taken two years to come to screens. “It’s not your conventional movie at all. It’s got a lot of layers. It’s a hard movie to pitch. You got to take risk as a studio. You got to take a risk to make a movie like this.”
Given this fact, the actor was extremely committed to being in the movie “especially because I was coming out of real studio fare. I was like a studio kid for a long time. You have friends there who you explain what your next steps are going to be and they look at you like ‘I don’t know.’”
The actor emphasized, “It wasn’t a conventional anything. Cast, story, director. His [John Hillcoat] last movies weren’t big money movies. You’re going to do a period movie. It’s quite expensive.”
He likens his character in Lawless to a comic book hero, indicating that these men were the first real people fighting for the every day man. “They were the Walt Whitmans with guns. They were the first rock stars.”
Recently, LaBeouf made comments to The Hollywood Reporter slamming the studio systems, saying, “[They] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your a** and chase you around for five months.”
As such, the Transformers star is now sticking to indie films. He can be seen next in the Robert Redford directed, The Company You Keep, which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Nymphomanic will begin shooting shortly thereafter.
To see his entire Good Morning America interview, watch the video above.
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