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Ahead of its world premiere on Sunday evening, Shia LaBeouf led the cast of American Honey, Andrea Arnold’s latest feature, at its Cannes press conference.
“I don’t think I get hired for sex scenes,” he said when asked about the raunchy elements of the film with his co-star Sasha Lane and how directors have previously turned to him for such scenes, most notably Lars Von Trier in 2013’s Nymphomaniac.
The actor also said he was “part of the underclass” in the U.S. and talked about small-town America. His father worked in Bakersfield, Calif., for a bit, and the “only thing there is [is] a prison, so everyone works there,” LaBeouf said.
He also shared that he hadn’t seen the film.
LaBeouf also discussed his American Honey character, Jake, and playing tennis legend John McEnroe in the new project Borg/McEnroe. “Jake is me, and so is McEnroe,” he said. He also told reporters that his backhand was “getting there.”
Joining Arnold and LaBeouf were American Honey co-stars Lane, Riley Keough, Raymond Coalson, Isaiah Stone, Verronikah Ezell, McCaul Lombardi, producer Lars Knudsen and director of photography Robbie Ryan.
The pic, Arnold’s first U.S. feature, is about a group of teenage drifters who sell magazine subscriptions.
The Hollywood Reporter reviewer David Rooney called the film “an immersive road movie that’s bound to be divisive.” He concluded: “Some will embrace it as an audacious freeform subculture odyssey, laced with moments of lyricism, while others will shrug at its baggy running time and paucity of narrative incident.”
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