The Fifty Shades of Grey casting wars drag on ad nauseam, and they'e turning up some truly bizarre possibilities for the starring roles. One of the more ludicrous names being bandied about is the Transformers star and former Selena Gomez celebrity crush, Shia LaBeouf. Why the less than amazing Mr. LaBeouf's fifteen minutes of fame didn't end with his tenure as a Disney child star is one of the great mysteries of recent Hollywood history. However, the mention of his ridiculous name does give rise to an interesting question: Would he be willing to get into the real life BDSM scene to prepare for the role of Christian Grey?
The answer is: "Probably. Why not?" After all, LaBeouf was reportedly willing to do full frontal nudity and even have actual sex on camera in Lars von Trier's misogynistically titled film, Nymphomaniac. Furthermore, he admittedly dropped acid for his most recent role in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. He taped himself while tripping and sent the video to his costar Evan Rachel Wood. He called that particular brand of method madness "trying to conjure this [character]." After going the porn star/Ken Kesey route, a little kinky fetishistic sex play should pose no problem to Labeouf. Not to mention the fact that, Robert Pattinson, whose Twilight character Edward Cullen inspired E. L. James to create Christian Grey has said that "Shia would do anything," thereby leading fan sites to speculate that Pattinson thinks Labeouf should play Christian Grey. Whatever.
Alas, as far as the titular role in Fifty Shades of Grey is concerned, Robert Pattinson's opinion is irrelevant. (Sorry, RPattz.) Shia Labeouf may do whatever he wishes. The immutable fact will nevertheless remain that Christian Grey is described in the novels as a man of godlike physical beauty. Shia Labeouf, not so much. The Lawless star looks less like a physically flawless Olympian than a slightly grungy, shifty-eyed, ambulance-chasing junior attorney. Flawless, he is not. he's not even close. (Sorry, Selena.)
So, there you have it. What do you think? Would Shia Labeouf make a good--or at least a competent--Christian Grey despite his disappointing appearance? Should he even try?
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