Shia LaBeouf is not who you turn to when you need help. “Shia, someone at work told me about this can’t-lose pyramid-shaped scheme, and all I need to do is give him $50,000. Should I do it?” “Just do it!” He’s like a broken Magic 8-Ball, but occasionally, “without a doubt” is good advice. In an interview with Variety, LaBeouf spoke a lot about his new movie, American Honey, where he plays a nomadic gutter punk. While filming it, LaBeouf also cultivated a passion for tattoos, specifically, Missy Elliott tattoos. “I don’t love Missy Elliott like I wanna get two Missy Elliott tattoos,” he said. “But you’re in a tattoo parlor, and… peer pressure.”
LaBeouf also discussed his relationship with famous guy-who-gets-paid-to-blow-things-up Michael Bay. The two, let’s say, opinionated individuals worked together on the first three Transformers movies (I shuddered typing that), and the actor even came to his director’s defense during the whole Megan Fox rift. He’s still a fan of Bay, who he called a “dope” “dude,” but LaBeouf wishes he took more chances. “He’s got to get a little ballsier with his moves,” LaBeouf said, “he’s trying to toe the line and be James Cameron, but James Camerons are dying. I don’t know what he’s chasing, but that version of director is dead. If Mike is to sustain, he’s got to get f*cking weird.”
You mean weirder than extraterrestrial robots punching each other? Anyway, it’s actually (“actually”) not bad career advice from LaBeouf, who knows a thing or two about getting f*cking weird. Bay could make boring, incoherent CGI-heavy Transformers movies until the end of time — Transformers 5: End of Time: The Explosioning — or he could take his hundreds of millions, and do something like what Cameron is doing with Avatar. Except, y’know, good. What I’m saying is: Michael Bay, the world needs another The Rock, arguably the dumbest fun movie of the 1990s. We know you have it in you. Just do it.