Shia LaBeouf picky with his roles?

US men’s lifestyle magazine Details revealed this month that cover star, Shia LeBeouf, (currently starring in Transformers: Dark of The Moon) turned down leading roles in Fincher’s The Social Network and Boyle’s 127 Hours.

The articles continues to point out that he has walked away from talks to feature in future blockbusters The Bourne Legacy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Total Film announced that “by turning down David Fincher’s Facebook epic and Danny Boyle’s intense survival thriller, LaBeouf has missed out on three Oscars, seven Golden Globes and numerous other cumulative accolades.”

David Fincher’s 2010 The Social Network charted the founding of the social networking website Facebook through it’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg and the resulting lawsuits. The film featured Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake and Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay was based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires.

127 Hours was Danny Boyle’s 2010 follow up to Oscar winner, Slumdog Millionaire and starred James Franco as mountain climber, Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah in April 2003.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the upcoming prequel to Planet of the Apes due for release this August and stars, like in 127 Hours, James Franco

The Bourne Legacy will be the fourth instalment in the Bourne saga with Jeremy Renner replacing Matt Damon in the titular role.

Meanwhile, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is currently busy breaking box office records worldwide.

So it appears that Shia is being quite picky with his films? I mean, he turns down critically acclaimed films like The Social Network and 127 Hours but has continued with the Transformers franchise (although he admits that the third will be his last, and I do LOVE this franchise!), Eagle Eye and Indiana Jones? I am not sure what lines he is thinking along, but I honestly believe he is a good actor, I just look forward to the day when he is in a massively acclaimed film and gets the credit he deserves.

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5 Responses

  1. Optimus-gRiMe

    He didn’t really miss out on those awards, if he had taken those roles then they might not have won them. His acting is wooden at best in my opinion. The star of Transformers is the CGI, He was pretty dire as Mutt in Indiana Jones, the only thing that saved that movie was the nostalgia factor and Harrison Ford, who always delivers.
    He doesn’t fit the bill for the lead in Danny Boyles movie ‘127 Hours’ although i have a feeling that many people would have paid good money to see Shia ‘The Beef’ hack his own arm off with a rusty pen-knife.

    LOL

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  2. Oliver.Coleman

    Haha, good points there. I mean, we all see actors differently which is one of the great things about film. I really like Shia in roles in Holes (kids film I know) and even in Bobby where he is really quite interesting (but then again, so is the rest of the film!)
    I agree with you about the CGI in Transformers and I suppose the thing with Transformers that it isn’t the acting one is watching in those films, rather the spectacle of what is being shown on screen.

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  3. Andrew.Pierce

    You never know, he could be turning down those roles because he’s got commitments to other good projects, although it was a bad call turning down Social Network.

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  4. Oliver.Coleman

    See I am just waiting for that role that will transform (no pun intended) him into the actor, I truly believe he can be. The same way Jesse Eisenberg suddenly rose from very little after ‘The Social Network’.

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