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The surly 26-year-old actor, who was made a household name playing Sam Witwicky in the 'Transformers' film franchise, has hit out at the nature of the blockbuster film industry, trading his big budget leading man status for the life of an indie actor.
Shia has hit back at the invasive and controlling nature of the big budget film industry. Credit: Getty Images
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter
in a recent interview, LaBeouf swore off the big budget films that launched his career to the A-List, instead singing the praises of the lower budget, independent film industry.
"There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist," he says. "You give Terrence Malick a movie like 'Transformers', and he's f***ed. There's no way for him to exist in that world."
Shia (R) on the promo trail of 'Lawless' with Jason Clarke and Dane DeHaan at Comic-Con in July. Credit: Getty Images
Speaking of the people behind his move to indie films, including those whom he worked with on 'Lawless
' he said: "These dudes are a miracle ... They give you the money, and they trust you -- [unlike the studios, which] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months."We're hoping Shia has made some nice investments from his previous earnings (he earned a reported $10 million for 'Transformers 3') as he's unlikely to see that kind of pay check ever again in the indie film industry.