His unconventional antics included a stunt as a performance artist in which he wore a paper bag over his head at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. Instead, he has joined a generation of actors — including James Franco, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Kristen Stewart — who have bypassed studio movies for indies.
La Beouf agrees that if he were an actress with the same TMZ rap sheet, his career would probably be over. La Beouf’s recent filmography is a patchwork of edgy titles such as Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2, ” Dito Montiel’s “Man Down,” and Janus Metz Pedersen’s “Borg vs. “Mac Enroe is Mozart, man,” says La Beouf, who studied the tennis star’s footage and interviewed his old coaches.
He prepared for the movie by spending two weeks with a real-life “magazine crew” that he knew from AA. When I got to Andrea’s set and saw what the dynamics were, it made sense to me.” But there wasn’t much of a “set.” To shoot her .5 million movie, Arnold constructed a seven-week road trip that started in Muskogee, Okla., and spanned a handful of states.The memories of “American Honey” are now forever engraved on La Beouf’s arms, neck, and both of his knees, which feature matching portraits of Missy Elliott.“I don’t love Missy Elliott like I wanna get two Missy Elliott tattoos,” La Beouf says. I’m not that guy for a long time — for a long, long time.” He looks down. Sometimes that sh-t is a curse.” The highs and lows of La Beouf’s personal and professional life have been heavily chronicled in the press.Asked if he was worried at the time that the incident would hurt him professionally, La Beouf answers honestly: “I had people tell me it was going to,” he says.“People I respected — dudes I wanted to work with — just looked me in the eyes and said, in Prague, where he’s shooting a new drama about John Mc Enroe, La Beouf speaks candidly about his ups and downs, and how he has been working hard to put his life in order.