Tuesday 21 October 2014

LaBeouf: Some directors terrify me

Published 24/01/2013 | 14:36

Shia LaBeouf stars in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

Shia LaBeouf has confessed he has been so intimidated by some directors, he has struggled to work with them

The 26-year-old former child star has worked with respected directors including Michael Bay on the Transformers films, Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and Oliver Stone on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

His latest movie, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman, which has just premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is the debut feature from Swedish director Fredrik Bond, and he and Shia became close friends during filming.

Shia told USA Today: "I have had relationships with directors where it was reverence to the point of fear. That kills collaboration. This felt like a friendship."

Asked how Fredrik compared to Spielberg as a director, Shia joked: "He is a better kisser than Steven, I'll tell you that straight up!"

The indie drama - co-starring Evan Rachel Wood and Mad Mikkelsen - was shot in Romania, and Shia and Fredrik revealed they bonded while biking around the country together, scouting for locations.

Shia revealed he insisted on doing most of the stunts himself, including taking some real punches and being hung by one foot over a dam in Bucharest. This became another lesson of trust, as he was forced to put his life in the hands of the Romanian stunt team.

"The guy says to me, 'Listen, the danger isn't really falling into the water. You might hurt yourself, but you'll survive that. But if you swing into [a neon light in the scene], there's no way you're going to survive that. So don't swing too much'," Shia explained.

"You have to look them in the eye and trust them completely, like you would on a Transformers set. But it's a very different group with communication issues. Not everyone even speaks English."

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