Shia LaBeouf: Credibility over money, please
August 28th, 2012
04:35 PM ET

Shia LaBeouf: Credibility over money, please

By now you should be confident that Shia LaBeouf has a "by any means necessary" approach to acting. Having unsimulated sex, trying some moonshine ... he's willing to do it if it'll get him in character.

It's all part of an approach that his "Lawless" director John Hillcoat referred to in an interview with USA Today as "Method-like."

So in order to prepare for his role in 2013's "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," LaBeouf set aside a day for a quick acid trip.

"There's a way to do an acid trip like 'Harold & Kumar,' and there's a way to be on acid," the 26-year-old actor told USA Today. "What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped in to that [electric] chair in 'Dead Man Walking.' These are the guys that I look up to."

LaBeouf's been on a quest to show and prove lately, denouncing the studio system that brought forth his blockbuster franchise, "Transformers," in favor of independent storytelling. Speaking with the newspaper, he said he'd also denounce the paychecks that came with that success.

"If I could give the money back and get all the credibility in the world that I'm seeking, I would do it tomorrow," he said. "In a heartbeat."

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  1. Dan

    Regarding his planned acid trip: shame on his director for not having the courage to control his method acting.

    September 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    "If I could give the money back and get all the credibility in the world that I'm seeking, I would do it tomorrow," he said. "In a heartbeat."

    Start by giving the money back and then we'll see.

    September 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Plastered

    you gotta be completely out of it to go with that one.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. plastered

    you gotta be completely out of to go with that one.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Straight

    every have s-x straight? -- amazing-...guys have to be with someone they love otherwise most of the time they
    are plastered...just saying...

    September 1, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. axey

    shia, try some humility , dont drink , dont smoke, get real --- then you will see life as it is meant to be
    its called true intimacy with being to see outside yourself. -- Good luck - you have what it takes

    August 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fred Evil

    Credibility only comes with TALENT.
    You lack both Shia. How you got Transformers is beyond me.
    I wish him well, just doing something besides acting, ANYTHING but acting.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. eric

    Credibility? I wouldn't hold your breath, Even Stevens. You are a male Miley Cyrus; a former disney channel actor who is desparate to look like a mature, serious actor. Shia, you helped ruin Indiana Jones forever. You starred in three overblown and overly stupid Transformers movies. And now you want us to hold you inthe same kind of esteem as we hold Sean penn?? uh uh.
    But hey, if you are serious about the Credibility over cash thing, you can wire me one of your millions and I will consider you the next Daniel Day Lewis.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Skeeve

    who'd get in bed with him either...yuck

    August 31, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shia

    who would pay a dime for him...he's a skeeve

    August 31, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lars Babaganoosh

    I'd give it all back for credibility says the guy who wipes his àss with $100 bills. Thankfully in his quest for credibility he'll end up going the River Phoenix route. Or hopefully he'll go the Brandon Lee route and try to get in to character of someone who has been shot by getting himself shot.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Freddo

    Shia, I'd be surprised if the studios wouldn't take the money back. But if they won't, you could certainly donate the money to numerous charities.

    But your claim of not wanting to keep the money is ... just an act, and not well played.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Strike 2

    great person

    August 31, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. RIck Springfield

    Shia LaBeouf is one of the most worthless POS actors alive today. Any movie he does is immediately a C-grade movie. Look how he sabotaged Indy Jones. So if he just goes away and gets a job guarding movie sets, that's just fine with me.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • lostisland

      Speak for yourself, I thought it was one of the better Indiana Jones moves.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. vegas bday?


    August 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. geeze

    he looks like he needs a shower..

    August 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. geeze

    why is everyone so bitter tonight..its only blogging remember?

    you guys need to sing your hearts out with joy.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Robert G

    Stop speaking about it in the media and just act. Your credibility will be earned over your lifetime. Give the money back? Hahahahahahaha. Someone with credibility most likely would never say that.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. me

    Holy smokes.

    You guys are angry.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Athiest

    How do you get credibility as a movie star?
    How have you even made this world better?
    Why does the american public revere hollywood stars and ignore people who accomplish things in the actual world?

    The world is in need of real role models, not morons that allow your vapid brains to giggle for 2 hours while munching popcorn in the dark.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Athiest

    Sure now that you're rich and famous you'll give it all back... right you pud.

    Even if you gave all your money away the fame wouldn't go away you could just go do 1 movie and be rich again.

    Crybaby holy wood loser.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Cal

    In my oppinion he's came a long way from his childhood acting days. If I see his name as an actor in a movie I always check it out. Every movie I've seen him in has been great. So what that he's Jewish? What are you all, Jewish hating nazis? What's being Jewish have to do with anything? I would like to see him (and many others) do something charitable with their money like Denzel did...

    August 30, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  23. King Johnny

    Funny how celebs who already made the money, say things like they would give it all back for credibility etc.

    Maybe Mr. LeBeouf could give a 7 figure check to a charity, thereby backing up such a statement. That would be a good first step in the credibility department.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      I think he's refering to loss of credibility with making certain types of films, so donating money to charity (a good thing) won't help in that regard.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  24. Meh

    It doesnt matter how you dress this kid. All I can see is him running screaming with his voice cracking when that girl transformer tried to get it on with him at college. Credibility will indeed need to be earned.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jowl

    After this film I think Hollywood will realize he's another Michael Cera - people cannot see him other than that dumb Sam wikkittywack guy he plays in transformers

    August 30, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  26. Yancy Dennis

    Hey can't blame a manfor his convictions - I guess - but he give more to the poor!!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. dee

    What is the obsession with this guy being Jewish? He was born to a non-Jewish father and a Jewish mother. Why don't you talk about Natalie Portman, Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Mila Kunis being Jewish instead? They were all born to two Jewish parents.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jowl

      Because you take one look at him & he is instantly recognizable as a Jewish person with all the classic features.

      August 30, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  28. lscsprings

    Ha! He says "If I could give the money back...." You can do it Shia! Nut-Up or Shut-Up.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bored with Shia

    Dear Shia,

    Loved you as a kid. Sorry to see you grew up pretentious and full of yourself. Don't worry! There are hundreds of other young men who would happily fill your shoes and make movies to entertain and enjoy.


    The movie going public

    August 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jason Glugla

    It is unfortunate that all that practicing doesn't lead to him being a good actor, except in his own mind.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Pretty Pretty Pink Pony

    Sorry Shia, the role of Hollywood D0uche-Bag has already been filled by James Franco. You aren't good looking. You can't act. You have a small winkie... There's NOTHING to base any "credibility" on. You're just a B-List (at best) actor trying to emulate other actors...

    ...and failing...
    ...amusingly so...

    PS: Take a shower, wash your face, shave and cut your hair...

    ...and you'll still look pretty damn average.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. cnnlicksit


    August 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Miss Peace


    August 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jj

    What electric chair?
    Sean Penn's character from Dead Man got A lethal injection.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      I thought the same thing. He obviously never saw the movie. A lot of Dead Man Walking dealt with whether or not a condemned man feels any pain from the lethal injection. it goes into detail about what the three drugs do to the body. Anyone who saw the movie and was impacted by it would know that there was no electric chair.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  35. misspeace..

    peace love and joy to all. love thy neigbor, love people, have lots of s-x with the one you care about.

    stop the hatred.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  36. TJ

    Sean Penn can act. You cant. That is the diff.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kristen

    Seriously – look up supreme dou**e in the dictionary and you'll see a pic of this dude. You know what Shia? If you feel so strongly about 'credibility' and 'giving back" – why don't you donate all the money you got from 'selling out' in that dreck Transformers franchise to a charity. It's quite easy and will make you look more like a man of principle and less like the uber dou**e that you are.

    August 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  38. caveman

    You mean when I'm seeing actors have $ex on film it's not real? ... *scratching head*...

    August 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  39. UFC iTard

    I'll take your money, you can have my credibility and then some. All of my friends will tell you I never BS.

    August 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. mac jones

    Yikes! He's going 'charlie' !

    August 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  41. StuntPerson

    your not evil knievel..shut up–

    August 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  42. sbp

    Sometimes actors can get a bit full of themselves. What is so impressive about Sean Penn strapping himself into an electric chair? Sorry, that DOESN'T equate to the real thing. I'd be impressed if he had the switch thrown for a few seconds. Great actor, but that is more stunt than anything else.

    August 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. citizenUSA

    Is he ready to pull a Joaquin Phoenix?

    August 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Yes Yes...


    August 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Onne?

    got it...9-

    August 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  46. JS

    If he made these bold assetions BEFORE becoming a millionaire, I would admire him. If he has so much conviction, rather than pay it back to the studios, why not pay it forward as charitable donations, and then we can see where his priorities lie...

    August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. matt

    Credibility?!?! The only reason you have a job is because you are Spielberg's pet Jewish project.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  48. NAB

    Shia... how about "Soap over Filth" .... Dude, I can smell you from here.......

    August 29, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  49. Shia

    and possibly a shave..but he's not that bad looking.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  50. the_dude

    What a retard

    August 29, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  51. wlldamitt

    good looking man. needs a hair cut.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  52. strngth

    thnk abt yr snr yrs nw

    August 29, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  53. ptshts

    are ovr for him

    August 29, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  54. 879-noact tdy

    phn tdy and wk friday slp wth prsn hoo caires

    August 29, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  55. MTG

    Stop hating everyone..Shia is a gifted young up incoming actor.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      You got the young part right in that equation but you're way off base on the gifted part.

      August 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  56. ah...

    Is this the look he's going for in this new movie? He looks more like a serial killer, than a lady's man. I'm sure most women wouldn't want to jump in bed with him looking like that. Of course, I could be wrong about that one! lol

    August 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Electra

      I think he's smoking! I would kíll for hím bc he's so fííínnnnneeeeee! You mean to tell me that you wouldn't want him chasing you around the room with his iron pipe while rolling your rrrrrrrrrr and listening to jungle music? Roll play of Tarzan and Jane...Lmao (I'm just kidding of course).

      August 29, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • ah...

      Hey Electra- lol. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. Tarzan & Jane? Did you have too much caffeine this am? Got your imagination on overdrive? lol...have a good day!

      August 29, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  57. Yoda

    His it does....

    August 29, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  58. Obama

    bd mv

    August 29, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  59. Leon Peris

    Obama does not care that seniors can get no return on their money.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  60. Michael Caliazzo

    Cut the cuss words.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  61. Jcrew

    My dog could act better than this guy. Hollywood is full of no talents who still make so much money. American people are OCD on celebrities! Stop supporting them!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  62. pckoftrsh

    bad work

    August 29, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  63. jack

    he's 26 and has never done acid????? usually you out grow that stuff by then.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  64. ntgd

    bad actor

    August 29, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jacxon

    As an actor myself, NOBODY else can tell him what he needs to read or do or work on to be a better actor. That's for his acting coach and him to make the decision because they know him, none of us do. It's different strokes for different folks, this method for him may work. People are so quick to criticize every five minutes.

    August 29, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  66. MZ

    Oh c'mon. Kid just discovered Strasberg's version of the "method". He's acting like a freshman year theatre major who read his first book.

    I know it sounds cool and all, but none of that will make him a better actor. I would recommend he reads a book by Stella Adler, as well as Improvisation for the Theatre by Spolin, and Uta Hagen's books on acting theory. It would give a more well rounded perspective. That type of extreme "method" acting just makes you feel like your performance is real, while observers would tend to disagree.

    I'm so drunk right now, I have no idea why I would offer acting advice to Shia Lebeouf.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  67. Sean

    He is willing to screw a starlet on screen? What an artist!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Sap


    August 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  69. uhprentis

    Wrong way to go about getting credibility.....really think already.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ah...

    Is he actually going to take acid, so he can get into the character? Well, I guess that's as good as an excuse as anything. lol

    August 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  71. mdg

    Its simple, you can "give back": simply donate the $$$ you received for acting in those blockbusters less the amount you receive for your indie work .. to charity. Once that is done, then your statement will be more credible.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Gouda

    Funny how d0uches that are millionaires always say things like " credibility over money”, or I’m doing it because I love acting”. Do it for free @$$wipe, then you’ll have some leg to stand on

    August 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  73. tina


    August 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |

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