News: Shia LaBeouf Compared to Marlon Brandon on Indy

by | May 27, 2008 at 8:58 AM | General

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Critics everywhere are comparing Shia LaBeouf to a young Marlon Brando on the new film, Indiana Jones, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Some have positive reactions. Others? Not so much:

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said the young actor is “introduced as a total copy of Marlon Brando on a motorcycle in ‘The Wild One,’” and adds, “LaBeouf doesn’t seem completely comfortable in his disaffected teen role, a part that does not play to the innate likability that is one of his strengths.”

In a rare pan of the movie, Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips said disdainfully that LaBeouf’s entrance “rips off Brando.” And Robert Wilonsky of the Village Voice newspaper chain riffs that he’s “The Mild One.”

It certainly wasn’t easy for costume designer Mary Zophres, whose job it was to come up with LaBeouf’s trademark ensemble of leather jackets and motorcycle boots. She and colleague Jenny Eagan found several vintage jackets and had LaBeouf try them all on until they discovered the one that looked best. Then they had to recreate it several times.

“Mutt was inspired by Marlon Brando in `The Wild One,’” Zophres says in the press notes, continuing the theme. “We had to make about 30 of those motorcycle jackets because Shia does a lot of stunts and his costume got worn and dirty.” [Yahoo! News]

Watch Shia on the set of Indiana Jones at Fancast. Can you notice a resemblance?