Shia LaBeouf to abandon Hollywood blockbusters

'Transformers' actor reveals his frustrations of big movies

At 26, actor Shia LaBeouf is quitting Hollywood for indie films after making a scathing revelation about how the studio system works, and why he's fed up.

In an interview with THR, the actor unflatteringly describes how the Hollywood studios deal with movie financing:

"They give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months."

When it comes to indie movies the actor has nothing but praise, particularly for the trust the production companies have when it comes to financing a picture. Recently LaBeouf worked on 'Lawless' and Robert Redford's 'The Company You Keep', which will get it's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

LaBoeuf comment Analysis

LaBeouf's comments will irritate studio executives and put a smile on the faces of indie filmmakers who struggle to get their projects heard above the explosive noise of high budget movies.

It's no secret that a big budget movie has it's restrictions, and actors, even directors have to abide by strict and constant oversight from producers and studios. There's a lot of risk-taking involved for investors, and sometimes it's very hard to get the creative freedom on a big scale production because they want more control. This would go without saying, particularly on a franchise such as 'The Transformers'.

With that said, the indie scene provides actors like LaBeouf more personal input. He's a big star, and he can get more creative control, particularly over his performance. There's no 'franchise' pressure or 'studio format' to abide to.


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