Shia LaBeouf has had a pretty slick Hollywood run over the past few years. From “Transformers” to “Indiana Jones” and now “Wall Street,” he’s tackled roles in iconic American franchises and worked with some of the industry’s most desirable directors.
Speaking of which, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” teams LaBeouf with Oscar winner Oliver Stone. When we caught up with the young star recently, we asked him if he was a die-hard fan of Stone’s original “Wall Street.”
“In the ’80s and ’90s, [Oliver Stone] was the most dangerous filmmaker alive,” LaBeouf said. “It’s wild. His maturation has softened him now, but at least in the movies that are in that box set, you not only [get] entertainment, but you also get outrageous information. There’s an education process. How many directors do you know have college courses based on them in film schools? It says something about him.”
In comparing the very recognizable and iconic Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) to the memorable main characters in “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones,” LaBeouf said Gekko trumps Indy and Max.
“He’s got more bite, he’s more dangerous, he’s the most dangerous of the three,” LaBeouf said. “Also the most interesting, I think. There’s something in how tangible and visceral it is,” he explained of the topical subject matter within “Wall Street.” “Whereas the other films are fantasy films where the suspension of disbelief is necessary for you to get into the movie. This isn’t that. It’s a very tangible world, and you’re living in the midst of the twilight of American economic dominance, and it’s real and it’s the topic of every conversation. Unemployment really is hovering at 10 percent, we really are in trouble. When it’s real, there’s more to chew on — not just for the actors, but also easier to get the audience in.”
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