Normally, I wouldn’t post actors interviews for upcoming (or existing) films. Since however I’m incredibly excited for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and Shia LaBeouf doesn’t say the usual, expected things in this clip, I thought I’d post it. Zentropa, the Danish studio founded by von Trier and behind Nymphomaniac, has been posting a lot of goodies, so if you are on YouTube I’d recommend subscribing to their channel.
There’s also a similar interview of Charlotte Gainsbourg, but she seems slightly uncomfortable and this one seemed like more fun. Plus: Shia is missing a tooth, like for no reason. I thought it was really funny and it’s not commented on, but there he is nonchalant as ever, minus one tooth. In this clip he discusses how he was cast for the movie, why he picked it and what it was like to work with Lars.
Some answers sound pretty standard, but some of the things he says are actually very insightful into the way von Trier works. It helps that LaBeouf doesn’t seem to care much about being “correct” or only saying nice things, but actually comes off as honest here. I know some people may dislike him as an actor or based on his persona in the media, but I must say I’m quite intrigued by him and he did work with some great directors, so he deserves a little respect.