Shia LaBeouf is one of those people in the film industry who is constantly pursuing a multi-hyphenated title rather than just “actor.” Since his blockbuster runs in films like Transformers and the latest Indiana Jones film, LaBeouf has given us strictly character-driven roles that have proved his dedication to his craft.
But besides his acting antics, LaBeouf has proven his chops behind the camera as well, directing bizarre, enchanting and violent short films and music videos for Kid Cudi, Marilyn Manson and Future Unlimited. This time around, Jim Gaffigan plays Howard Cantour, an online film critic who finds himself in the middle of several dilemmas as a writer, reviewer, man and a human. Howardcantour.com (which first debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) is LaBeouf’s most narrative-driven short to date and it would come as no surprise that as an actor, he found the inspiration to write and direct this film in the light of some his critics as an actor himself.
”I know something about the gulf between critical acclaim and blockbuster business. I have been crushed by critics (especially during my Transformers run), and in trying to come to terms with my feelings about critics,” LaBeouf told Short of the Week. “I needed to understand them. As I tried to empathize with the sort of man who might earn a living taking potshots at me and the people I’ve worked with, a small script developed.”
Explore the troubled and day-dreaming head of Howard Cantour in the video above and make sure to check out thecampaignbook.com for LaBeouf’s archive as a filmmaker.