Instead, it’s almost painful to watch the agony La Beouf puts himself through here: The cause may be just, but the part doesn’t warrant it.
It came around as he decided to correct a point that had been made by Michael Pena, who also stars in Fury and was a guest on the talk show last week. While Kimmel was a tad perturbed by this, Shia La Beouf admitted that it actually worked wonders, and it allowed himself, Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal to bond.
When he was then asked if it ever went too far, Shia La Beouf insisted that they all "love each other" and that even though they’d get mad, the tension "died" as soon as they left.
The tabloid revelations over the last few months surrounding his private life, including getting arrested and being accused of plagiarism, have left a sour taste.
But during a recent appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show the actor reminded the world that he’s not such a bad guy after all.
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It’s easy for people to assume that they hate Shia La Beouf.
In light of his off-screen shenanigans, it’s easy to forget just how intensely committed La Beouf can be to his craft (the face wounds he self-inflicted on “Fury” have since scarred over, toughening his once boyish appearance), and the sheer range “Man Down” demands of the actor — from upbeat father figure to ruthless vengeance machine — could have been the role to save his imploding reputation.
But Montiel’s sappy, melodramatic style is a poor match for his star’s sobering performance: Digging deep and mumbling his lines, La Beouf achieves that authentic, hurts-to-watch approach seldom seen since the days of Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, only to have his performance lacquered over with artificial-looking camerawork and a handful of treacly Jimmy Haun ballads on the soundtrack.
So when she was like, "I wanna do another video," we were all screaming and crying.