Shia LaBeouf’s Movie “Lawless” Opens August 29 2012: GMA Movie Review

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Shia LaBeouf in Lawless

Shia LaBeouf stars as American gangster Jack Bondurant in his new film Lawless, set in prohibition-era Virginia. A bearded and ponytailed LaBeouf sat down with Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer to discuss the film, which took two years to get to theaters.

Shia LaBeouf's Movie "Lawless" Opens August 29 2012: GMA Movie Review

Shia LaBeouf's Movie "Lawless" Opens August 29 2012. (Image Credit: cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com)

“It was a hard movie to make, it’s not your conventional movie at all.” LaBeouf said. “It’s got a lot of layers, it’s a hard movie to pitch, you’ve got to take a risk as a studio or a money person, you’ve got to take a risk making a movie like this.”

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LaBeouf talked about the challenges of going from making mostly studio movies to shooting Lawless.

“I was coming out of real studio fare, I was like a studio kid for a long time, and so you have friends there that you explain what your next steps are going to be and they look at you like ‘I don’t know.’” LaBeouf said. “That gets hinky you know? Really it wasn’t a conventional anything – cast, story, director. His last movies weren’t big money movies. And you’re going to do a period movie, it’s quite expensive.”

NASCAR Started with Moonshine

 After seeing a clip of Bondurant filling a car with moonshine, Spencer was interested to learn that Nascar was started in the same way – people would “supe up” their cars to get away from police.

“It was a sexy time in America, it was the beginning of the first big crime gold rush if you will.” LaBeouf said. “These were the first comic book-type heros America ever had. They were Billy the Kid’s, criminals who were fighting for the every man. They were Walt Whitman’s with guns, and these were the first rock stars.”

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Shia LaBeouf & Robert Redford Working Together

LaBeouf’s next film, The Company You Keep, is directed by the legendary Robert Redford. He plays a reporter and said he studied for the film by just watching Redford.

Lawless opens August 29 and packs an all-star cast including Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain and Guy Pearce.

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