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by Nigel M Smith
August 30, 2012 3:51 PM
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Holy Shia! LaBeouf Says Lars von Trier Cast Him In 'Nymphomaniac' Because He Sent a Sex Tape to the Director

This "Lawless" press tour just keeps getting nuttier and nuttier thanks to aspiring indie stalwart Shia LaBeouf.

First he declared that he's cut ties with the big-budget studio system that made him a household name thanks to the "Transfomers" series; next he told MTV that he's willing to do anything Lars von Trier asks of him for the Danish auteur's next project, "Nymphomaniac," which will reportedly be shot in softcore and hardcore versions; and now the actor has revealed to Chelsea Handler (tongue firmly in cheek... we think) that he got the part after sending the director personal sex tapes.

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Despite what LaBeouf's been saying to the press, "Nymphomaniac"'s producers have confirmed that all sex scenes will be performed "with the help of body doubles and visual effects" -- clever wording on their part. What "the help" refers to is anyone's guess, so for all we know, LaBeouf might not be bluffing.

Watch him talk to Handler below:

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7 Comments

  • Ayana | September 6, 2012 1:35 AMReply

    Some of us who are fans of Michael Fassbender have notice that quite a few actors are trying to mimic him. Michael had a phenomenal year. Winning dozens of awards and new found respect as an actor. Both Shame, Hunger and even the NC17 rating gave him a grittiness, fearlessness, to do what's not in the norm. Giving him the status of serious actor on a different level. Shia's" Nymphomaniac" parading in the nude has a"Shame"undertone. Along with that Matthew McConaughey" Dallas Buyers Club" with him losing 30-40lbs to look gaunt is Michael in "Hunger". His "Killer Joe" with its NC17 rating due to sex and violence. Is another page from "Shame".
    It's very telling how we have the darlings of Hollywood. Seeking to take on these same roles in hopes that it would give them an edginess they didn't have in previous roles. Many of my friends are saying were not interested in a bunch of imitators. Nor are we interested in a crop of Shame like movies with soft porn themes. With actors who do not have the same appeal that Michael has. I like Matthew he could do nude anytime. But Shia, No.

  • Emma | October 2, 2012 3:29 AM

    Lars von Trier ain't imitating no one. The movies might have similar themes but von Trier is unique and goes his own way.

  • Daisy mae | September 5, 2012 4:25 PMReply

    I think it is great if he follows through with cutting his ties.

  • Mr Fist | August 31, 2012 2:18 PMReply

    I approve of Lebeouf being in Nymphomaniac, but as for that whole sextape comment...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL7xrE9EYd4

  • strawcamel | August 30, 2012 4:13 PMReply

    is this what we've come to, speculative sensationalism? have fun joining the ranks of tmz and e! news. so disappointing.

  • Rohan | August 30, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    Shia has my support, but do they really have to make this film? Ha! Ha!

  • Stick Stickly | August 30, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    You guys need an editor, badly.