Shia LaBeouf’s drinking almost made co-star quit

The time has gone when Shia LaBeouf was a cute kid on Disney’s Even Stevens. Since then, his image has drastically changed. In 2008, he was in an accident due to drunk driving and in the same year, destroyed his relationship with director Steven Spielberg after publicly trashing his Indiana Jones sequel. In 2011, Shia was tossed out of bars on more than one occasion for fighting. But it doesn’t end there. The 26-year-old actor recently took things too far, when his drinking on his latest film Lawless almost caused co-star Mia Wasikowska to quit. In the movie, Shia plays a moonshine drinker in the Prohibition era. However, instead of acting drunk for the part, he began to actually get drunk.

In promoting the film, Shia told NY magazine, “I did it for the movie. I didn’t drink off set for no reason. I did it because, when I showed up on set the next day, my [bleep]ing eyes looked like this and my face… had that drunk bloat that I needed, that I couldn’t have if that wasn’t going on.” Unfortunately, his method acting was not appreciated by his co-star. His drunk, aggressive behavior alarmed Wasikowska so much that she made calls to her attorney and wanted to quit the film. Despite this, Lawless wrapped filming and is due to hit theaters August 29. ~Isabelle Khoo

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  1. bill • August 23, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

    bumblee save him!

  2. heck • August 23, 2012 @ 9:23 AM

    I did it for the movie, they have make up people that can make you look drunk. No he is just drunk, I miss his old days, before he blew up. Just another lohan he is now. Disney stars these days!!! even Amanda is acting up.

  3. Charles M. • August 23, 2012 @ 9:53 AM

    I think that Bumblebee should give this brat a good spanking.

  4. Cheryl • August 23, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

    Well I hope he doesn’t get a role as a meth head or junkie.

  5. Amanda • August 23, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

    Whatever happened to actors “acting?” It’s an art, he should try it.

  6. ShiaFan • August 23, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

    Shia Shia, He’s Our man, if he can’t do it, well we’ll just have to call Charlie Sheen!

  7. Sara • August 23, 2012 @ 12:15 PM

    Pathetic excuses.

  8. Priscilla • August 23, 2012 @ 12:38 PM

    Give me a break! SOunds like a junkie to me. Sure there’s reasons they all fall into this self destructive behaviour but he’s not even at the stage of admitting it’s an issue. Hope the light clicks on before he ruins his career like Robert Downey JR and Charlie Sheen have both battled through… and many others.

    Must have been bad if he scared his co-star so bad…

  9. CRTG • August 23, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

    This young man is heading for a huge crash…

  10. C-Dub • August 23, 2012 @ 1:50 PM

    Yeah right, he did it for the role. Uh huh. I hope he grows out of it because he does have some talent and I’ve seen his interviews (ie: Jay Leno) and he is a quick witted kid, but he will burn out and disappear fast if he doesn’t smarten up. And to diss Spielberg is the dumbest thing you could do in Hollywood. OMG that was dumb. He can make or break you if he wanted to. Hell, he suggested the Shia for Transformers! And put him in his own movie and Shia did that to him. What an idiot. Think ahead Shia.

  11. Victoria • August 23, 2012 @ 1:54 PM

    Method acting is NOT being drunk on set during filming. A real actor, would have prepared for his part prior to filming; by researching the Prohibition era and learning how to portray his character. Some actors may have gone so far as to find and try some “moonshine”, but afterwards take that experience and apply it to his ACTING – that is method acting… becoming a believable character through experience and knowledge.
    BTW Cheryl’s comment was overwhelmingly appropriate.

  12. [disgusted in Canada • August 23, 2012 @ 2:29 PM

    I honestly think they should make an example of he (Shia) an Lohan and black list them for a few years…it would certainly let all the other youngsters coming up know this is not tolerated…
    AT ALL!!

  13. Andy • August 23, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

    To add on to what Cheryl said, I hope he doesn’t get a role as a murderer or rapist.

  14. annielicious14 • August 23, 2012 @ 2:39 PM

    I’m not condoning what he did, has done, or is doing, but he’s human, unfortunately one in the spotlight. Who knows what he has going on in his life, what or how much he has on his plate. It’s nice that we can all be so self-righteous, and so perfect. I understand that this is the choice he and other celebrities made and the spotlight is one of the perks or price to pay, but i think we could all be a bit more understanding. How would we fear under the same microscope?

  15. Wendy • August 23, 2012 @ 2:47 PM

    Someone forget to tell this kid there is MAKEUP for that.

  16. krinneyd • August 23, 2012 @ 3:25 PM

    spoken like a true alcoholic lol

  17. Trevor • August 23, 2012 @ 4:02 PM

    I like this kid. He should be allowed to party all he wants. This Mia broad needs to give her head a shake and realize that Shia is the man and is carrying this movie, which is going to be great!

  18. Snepts • August 23, 2012 @ 5:44 PM

    Shia may be the first person to become an alcoholic to improve his job performance…

  19. Bug • August 23, 2012 @ 5:59 PM

    What a waste.

  20. disappointed • August 23, 2012 @ 7:33 PM

    WOOO…………and another one bites the dust! haha.. Shia I thought you were a great actor but your just becoming another dead weight to society. I mean its one thing to drink, its another to learn how to control yourself and respect the people your making millions with. If we all walked into work drunk and disrespected people we’d have to go to AADAC or quit (depending on where you work). But yet were just all peons who make piddly wages to get by in this world.

    just my 2 cents. Shia I hope you get help soon your a young buck who needs to learn the hard way! Hopefully you’ll lose some acting careers…

  21. m&m • August 24, 2012 @ 4:40 AM

    how does this douche keep getting work???

  22. Victoria • August 24, 2012 @ 1:51 PM

    I would like to respond to “Annieilcious14” I agree that those who choose to become actors are faced with the attention that fame brings. I am an understanding person but the problem for me was the “reason/excuse” that was used primarily “method acting”. As someone in the entertainment industry, it was very disturbing that he tried to blame this choice on his craft. Moreover, the post by “disgusted” regarding the effect of this on young aspiring actors is very true, especially by placing the responsiblity on an acting technique. I do not want to see anymore tragedies attached to people who are famous that could have been avoided.

  23. Olive • August 24, 2012 @ 1:57 PM

    First off Trevor, what do you think you would do if you were in Mia’s shoes and Shia was being aggressive while drunk?

    As for his behavior, personally I would not tolerate it either. First he signs onto a Von Triers movie where he will ACTUALLY have sex on camera, now this. Hpefully he gets his act together before everything goes down hill.

  24. #1fan • August 24, 2012 @ 3:32 PM

    This is the problem when you lionize actors and actresses such as these two;
    You have a young up and coming superstar male actor in his 20’s who happens to be living on the edge of what is socially responsible or even socially acceptable.
    Then you have a young attractive foreign actress who has been working in Hollywood for 5 minutes (2 years), who has found a way to thrust her name all the way to the top of the entertainment news world on the back of her established and artistically superior co-star.
    The story never changes, just the names. Make way for Hollywood’s latest bad boy, and get ready to forget what’s her name when she fades into oblivion along with her youthful figure.
    There seems to be so much genuine disgust and emotion in these comments, that I think it begs the question “why does anyone actually care?” If anyone thinks Shia owes it to society to do or to be anything besides what he wants in life because he is famous, then I think that is what is truly disgusting.
    I pay ticket prices, and cable bills to watch actors and actress on screen and on my TV so that I may be entertained, not so they can be a moral compass in my or my children’s lives.
    There’s lots of Hollywood success stories that involve young male rebels who later become celebrity legends. A lot less could be said for the young female co-stars who ride into town with a high-school drama credit and a pretty face.
    Most importantly though, why didn’t she quit? For those people who love to assign responsibility on celebrities, wouldn’t publicly tolerating abusive behaviour for money, status, or career advancement be tantamount to working down on the street corner?
    If she can’t stand the heat in Hollywood maybe it’s time to get back in the kitchen… and make Shia a Sammich!!

  25. NummyNum • August 25, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

    Steven Spielberg is one of the best producers of our time! Ruining any future chances with him is self destructive in itself!! I really don’t know why ANY producer/director would hire Shia to fill any role in their movie with his track record for drinking and upsetting co-stars & directors.
    Why aren’t such actors right out fired from the acting profession instead of being allowed to….well…recover and make comebacks?? What entitles them to a guaranteed job or place in the acting profession?? No other job on the face of the earth allows for this type of making a spectacle of oneself or of their profession or trade. Why do Hollywood groupies get away with it? They especially should be canned because they’re in public high profile positions and young adults and children learn from their example.

  26. bigsexy • August 25, 2012 @ 2:35 PM

    He needs optimus prime right now…

  27. Victoria • August 25, 2012 @ 3:14 PM

    It is my opinion, that everyone no matter their profession should be given a second chance mainly because we are only human and I am certain that everyone has made mistakes in their lives, made choices that they wish they had not and more importantly, I believe that you should treat people as you would like to be treated. I have been called naive but it doesn’t bother me because I know that the world would be a better place if people would just apply simple logic to their lives… if you treat others with kindness you will find that you will receive kindness in return. The ONLY difference between your average person and an actor is the increased responsibility that they are similar to “authority figures” due to the effect they have on their audience and particularly their fans. Remember, becoming an actor is a choice, like becoming a doctor or policeman; with these professions comes a higher accountability and responsibilty which you know before you choose your professional path.

  28. NummyNum • August 26, 2012 @ 1:36 PM

    My intent is not to imply that he doesn’t deserve a second chance, I just think he should straighten himself up when he’s ready, with help, and not be guaranteed his same job back, but persue a different career that he doesn’t take so lightly. I think actors behave as they do because they think they are guaranteed an acting career no matter how they behave in public or on the job. I have long felt that actors should be accepted on their merits and talents, and not get accepted just because their parents have a lot of money or influence or because their parents were famous actors before them. It’s not a job or profession that should be “inherited”, like any other job or profession it needs to be earned. Many folks work hard going to acting school and they get roles because of their talents and don’t have the same breaks that many of these other spoiled brats have.

  29. Victoria • August 26, 2012 @ 4:49 PM

    You are absolutely correct. Acting is not inhertited it is a serious profession. Some actors are born with natural talent but even those who are considered naturally talented still have to work on their craft. I believe that one of the most disapponting realities of acting is that regardless of a person’s individual talent or their dedication to improve on perfect their acting – today’s society and alot of filmmakers apply far too much importance on the appearance of an actor. I have met some actors who are primarily working on stage because to be a famous actor you must have a physical attractiveness. This should not be a prerequisite to becoming a star. In the movie “I’ll Do Anything”, Nick Nolte plays an aspiring actor who auditions for a lead role and following the audition he is on the short list of actors for the part and then comes the question “Would you sleep with him?” “Does he have sex appeal?” When more women in the room say No than Yes, he is removed from the running. Now, his acting skills placed him on the short list BUT he could not actually get the part without having the “appropriate appearance”. This does actually happen and it is wrong!

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