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How Michael Bay's Career Can Reach The Next Level, According To Shia LaBeouf

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For as much as director Michael Bay has become a subject of much derision in the film-making community, one inescapable truth cannot be overlooked: he sure knows how to make money. No one knows that better than his former collaborator Shia LaBeouf, who's recently gone on record with a way to keep Bay in the lap of luxury. According to the actor, if Bay is going to stay in top form, he's going to have to get crazy.

The actor was partaking in an interview with Variety, as part of the press rounds for American Honey, and his desire to work with the man who brought The Rock and Bad Boys became an apparent talking point. However, it seems that Shia is a little concerned for Bay's career, and feels that he could be kicking things up a bit. With that sentiment on his mind, LaBeouf dropped the following knowledge:

Mike is an artist. People don't realize how dope that dude is. He's got to get a little ballsier with his moves. He's trying to toe the line and be James Cameron, but James Camerons are dying. I don't know what he's chasing, but that version of director is dead. If Mike is to sustain, he's got to get fucking weird.

Apparently the Michael Bay who has given the world talking robots and dinosaurs, a physical gag involving a pair of wrecking balls where a bot's junk should be, and Pain and Gain isn't working to his fullest, weirdest potential. At least he isn't in the eyes of the notoriously stand-offish Shia LaBeouf, who seems to be learning from past mistakes he's made, while also living for his own truth. So naturally, with LaBeouf calling for his former boss to turn up the crazy, one has to wonder just how Michael Bay could get any weirder? Especially because, again, Pain and Gain was probably his most out there film to date, as you'll see below.

Perhaps it's the fact that Shia LaBeouf has been working with directors such as Lars Von Trier and David Ayer that has him thinking such thoughts, but a crazier Michael Bay might not be a bad idea after all. With his track record basically netting him carte blanche in the industry, Bay could really get nuts and further cash in on his outsider status to make a film truly unlike any other. Of course, should Bay decide to take this plunge, it's only fair he enlist the willing LaBeouf to join the cause. After all, if something's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

Shia LaBeouf can be seen in American Honey, which is set to make a splash at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month. Meanwhile, Michael Bay is hard at work on Transformers: The Last Knight, which is set to crash into theaters on June 23, 2017

Mike Reyes

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