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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Actor Shia LaBeouf has never been one to mince words when it came to the Transformers franchise. While they were the films that helped put him on the map for mainstream audiences, he doesn’t look back on the films fondly.

Speaking with Esquire, LaBeouf opened up about his main problem with the Transformers movies.

“My hang-up with those films was that they felt irrelevant. They felt dated as f**k… You come up on these stories about Easy Rider and Raging Bull and De Niro and Scorsese and Hopper, and you find value in what they do. Meanwhile, you’re chasing energon crystals. It’s very hard to keep doing what you’re doing when you feel like it’s the antithesis of your purpose on this planet.”

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Okay, so here’s the deal…as much as I thoroughly dislike most of the Transformers movies, I take issue with this quote. While there is plenty to hate from a storytelling perspective, it seems that LaBeouf is taking issue with the fact that the Transformers movies are popcorn flicks. I can understand an actor wanting to only work on things that are driving some sort of narrative or are speaking to some universal issue of life, but sometimes movies are made purely for entertainment, and that can be okay.

Now, I’m not saying he needs to like it, but to not at least look at the films and understand that they were never trying to accomplish one’s life purpose, and not hold it against the damn film.

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SOURCE: Esquire

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.