__________________ Kyuzo: Don't you see? A real sword will kill you. Mr. Earl Brooks: If I were here to kill you, you would already be dead. Mercedes: My mother told me to be wary of Fauns. Mr. Le Chiffre: No, I believe in a reasonable rate of return. James Bond: Now the whole world will know you died while you were scratching my balls!
OK so that makes him a one trick pony..
And if his acting was up to spec, then why the constant unremmitting "Whooooohhhs!" "Whaaaaaaaas" and "wheherrrrrs"
(The 'Im worried that my acting otherwise cannot convey panic so best to make lots of "See???!?!!! Im acting scared nowwwwww" compensatory noises till the audience buys it' technique.)
And whether or not it was enough to save that movie from disaster, I suspect, will forever be a point of contention.
Remember you can have a great movie idea work even with shitty acting, ('Clerks' immediately springs to mind) but the flip side of the coin is that even the greatest actor in the world couldn't save a shitty movie.
The talented cast on "Kindgom of the crystal skull".
Waterworld had Costner, Hopper et all.
Phantom Menace: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Brian Blessed, Ian McDiarmid...all quality actors.
Howard the duck.
The starwars holiday special. Both with awesome actors.
Star Trek V was not a movie lacking acting talent on its credits.
Even the acting brilliance that is John C. McGinley wasn't able to save 'Wild Hogs' from Travolta stained oblivion.
Even if LeBeouf's repetoire would expand on screen to his apparent popularity's deserved capacity (IE that he is like second coming of Marlon Brando, the way his fans go on), TFs would still be the same shitty movie. Peter Cullen couldnt save it, LeBeouf never stood a chance.
And John Turtorro has more chops than him.
No one saved that movie from Bay disaster.
Only refusing to hire Bay as anything other than the office tea boy will save any project involving he.
Thats the problem. I loved Mad Max.
(Mad Max, as you rightly note had the balls to be brutal all the way.
Waterworld didnt. Felt jerked around for two and a half hours with that. Loads of potential though.)
How many people love "Battle beyond the stars" over "Empire Strikes back"...?