Shia LaBeouf: ‘I Live In A Fishbowl’

In the new movie “Eagle Eye,” Shia LaBeouf plays a young man framed for treason who is forced to go on the run to clear his name. No matter where he goes or what he does, he’s always being watched and followed, always being trailed by some unseen foe.

Today we posted an article in which LaBeouf and his “Eagle Eye” co-stars talk about how the movie isn’t really all that far-fetched. With cell phones, ATMs, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all constantly on the grid waiting to be exploited.

Of course, no matter how true all that may be, it doesn’t seem all that real to most people, not in a tangible sense, anyway.

But it does to LaBeouf, who has realized the very down side of being a celebrity this past year.

“My life is very strange,” he said. “I live in a fishbowl anyways. [Being constantly watched] is not extremely problematic for me personally. I think it’s for people who have privacy; I think then it’s a problem. But for people who don’t have any privacy, it’s just another thing, you know.”

Although it might be tough to feel sorry for Shia (particularly after he was caught driving drunk), it’s hard not to empathize with the 22-year-old. Forget gossipmongers like Perez Hilton or TMZ — have you checked out our own site lately? We’ve done enough articles on his accident to make you think he actually is a threat to national security.

It’s beginning to wear him down. I wrote an article once in which I joked that MTV News had spoken to LaBeouf so much, perhaps we should consider putting him on the payroll.

That was last year, before “Indiana Jones 4” and “Eagle Eye” and the aforementioned accident. Every time we’ve spoken since, LaBeouf has always been good natured, always ready with a quip or a laugh.

In chatting with him recently, though, I noticed a marked change in his demeanor. He was melancholy and distant. He was different.

“I’ve kinda been on the run since I got in this. It’s sorta been that way. I don’t know if I’m [my character from the film] Jerry Shaw on the run. I don’t know if I’m running for my life,” he sighed. “[But] maybe I am. I don’t know.”