Over the past
decade, Shia LaBeouf’s legal troubles -- from arrests
nearly outshined his acting career. But like many troubled actors before, the
29-year-old actor has managed to remain a fixture in Hollywood by aligning
himself with notable directors.
film, Man Down
, is a testament to the goodwill he’s developed, reuniting
him with director Dito Montiel. The two previously worked together on Montiel’s
2006 directorial debut, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
, which helped
cement LaBeouf’s leading man status as he transitioned from Disney star to box
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post-apocalyptic war drama, LaBeouf plays a PTSD-ridden vet whose only goal is
to save his wife (Kate Mara) and son with the help of his best friend and
comrade, played by Jai Courtney.
LaBeouf wasn’t doing any press at the Toronto International Film Festival where
the film premiered, ETonline sat down with the 50-year-old director to discuss
the actor’s method acting, his evolution over the past decade, and how LaBeouf
displays similar attributes to Robin Williams.