Coming up with movie puns for these articles can be pretty grueling, but every once in a while a story comes along that makes it far too easy. Go ahead, read the title of this post -- see what you come up with. Ready? Here we go. "Sounds like Shia LeBeouf will soon be Shia LeBUFF!" I hate myself. Anyhoo, in an interview at People.com, LaBeouf says he's put on 15 pounds of pure muscle to play Indy's son (?) in the Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventure. Apparently he is a little nervous about getting shown up by a 65 year-old man. Says LeBeouf: "The guy is still in premium shape. You don't want to be standing next to Harrison Ford and not be jacked also." I thought what everybody loved about this kid is that he's not your traditional six-pack-abs teen heartthrob, no? Here's hoping he doesn't take the whole muscle thing too far, it'll be off-putting and he'll lose the "Everyman" quality that got him the gig in the first place.
LaBeouf is currently working out seven days a week for three hours each day (See, that's why these celebrities are all in such flawless physical condition -- they have nothing else to do!), and according to the interview, LaBeouf seems determined not to mess this opportunity up. "It's not like I'm making the Nutcracker play at my school. This is film history. I don't just owe it to everybody involved in the franchise – I owe it to everybody who's ever been a fan of Indiana Jones. I realize how important this is." He adds, "You don't want to be the edition that sucks. You want to be in the edition that enhances it, so it's tough. This is 20 years in the making now. The script has been in development for 15 years. It's a huge project and you treat it that way." I try my best not to be skeptical, but I have major doubts about this new adventure. I fear seeing it will be like watching my childhood taken out behind a barn and shot. I do trust Spielberg though,and if this thing is anywhere near the quality of the original trilogy, I think we'll all breathe a big SHIA relief. Too far?