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Shia LaBeouf's 'Tax Collector' Director Is Responding to Casting Concerns

Fans were concerned after seeing the debut trailer for Shia LaBeouf‘s new movie The Tax Collector that he may have been cast to play a Latino character when he is not of Latin descent.

One concerned viewer tweeted at the film’s director, David Ayer, and asked for clarification.

“Hey, really important question that I think you should answer publicly in 2020. Is Shia Lebouf playing a Latino character in Tax Collector? If so, why didn’t you cast a Latin actor?” the Twitter user tweeted.

David responded, “Really important answer – Shia is playing a whiteboy who grew up in the hood. This is a Jewish dude playing a white character. Also the only white dude in the movie.” David also added, “I grew up hood and I’m a whiteboy. Chicano culture is inclusive – I’ve seen whiteys, Asians, Blacks, Filipinos all putting in work for the hood. It’s part of street culture.”

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Shia LaBeouf Got His Whole Chest Tattooed for This Movie Role

Shia LaBeouf definitely gets into some extreme method acting!

Director David Ayer recently spoke out in an interview about the 34-year-old The Tax Collector actor’s serious commitment to different roles.

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“He’s one of the best actors I’ve worked with, and he’s the most committed to body and soul. He had a tooth pulled on Fury, and then on Tax Collector, he got his whole chest tattooed. So he kind of goes all in, and I’ve never known anyone that committed,” David revealed.

The Tax Collector is scheduled to be released in August, and follows two tax collectors for a crime lord named Wizard whose business becomes upended, resulting in one of them desperately protecting his family from an old rival. Watch the thrilling first trailer!

Check out the latest photos we have of Shia‘s tattooed chest.

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Shia LaBeouf Is ‘The Tax Collector' In Thrilling First Trailer - Watch Now!

The official trailer for The Tax Collector is officially here and it will have you on the edge of your seats!

The movie centers on David and Creeper, “tax collectors” for the crime lord Wizard, who are collecting his cut from the profits of local gangs’ illicit dealings.

But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect what matters more to him than anything else: his family.

Shia LaBeouf, Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, and George Lopez all star in the movie directed by David Ayer.

The Tax Collector is expected to hit theaters on August 7 and will also be On Demand and digital the same day.

Check out the trailer and official poster below!

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Kelly Clarkson & Zac Efron Among Celebs to Get Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021!

Kelly Clarkson and Zac Efron are stars – and now, they’re being honored with one!

The American Idol winner and the High School Musical alum are among the celebrities to get a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2021, the New York Times reported Thursday (June 18).

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Shia LaBeouf, Missy Elliott and “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean are also among the 35 stars of film, television and music that were announced for the honor by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Other stars set to receive the honor next year are late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti and “Fences” playwright August Wilson, who will be given stars posthumously.

All star unveiling ceremonies were postponed amid the pandemic in mid-March. Six ceremonies will be rescheduled for a later date as a result.

This popular daytime TV host recently received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…

Shia LaBeouf Told Everyone At The 'Even Stevens' Audition He Already Had The Part of Louis Stevens When He Hadn't Yet

Shia LaBeouf shot to fame as Louis Stevens on the iconic Disney Channel series, Even Stevens, and the cast and crew opened up about his bold audition move that ultimately landed him the part.

During a virtual reunion this week, the crew opened up about how Shia‘s “raw talent” aided in the series becoming a big success.

“I feel like [Shia] told me this story or maybe Matt [Dearborn, Even Stevens creator and EP] or somebody told me this story, that, it was the auditions for Louis Stevens and Shia comes into the waiting room and starts introducing himself to all the other kid actors auditioning for Louis, saying, ‘Hey, I’m Shia, I’m playing Louis Stevens!” AJ Trauth, who played Louis’ best friend Alan Twitty, shared on the call.

Producer David Brookwell confirmed that it did happen: “That’s a true story. Somebody came out of the lobby… saying, ‘Hey, Shia’s saying he’s got the part, and there’s another set of parents that are upset.’ So we had to pull him aside and say, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’ and he’s like, ‘Well, you know, I’ve got the part, don’t I?’”

Makeup artist Karen Toole-Rentrop added that with Shia, “you knew something was gonna happen with him. I met him he was eight… I’m happy for him, because he’s a good person and he’s gone through a lot, but you could see success in him from that age.”

The cast and crew also opened up about how fast Christy Carlson Romano‘s audition was too.

“I’ve never seen an actor get a part faster than Christy Romano,” Matt shared. “Before she even got into the audition, you go, ‘That’s her. That’s it.’ And everybody knew it.”

You can stream Even Stevens now on Disney+.

Shia LaBeouf Makes a Juice Run Amid Pandemic in LA

Shia LaBeouf is staying safe while fueling up

The 33-year-old Peanut Butter Falcon star was spotted stopping by Kreation Juice bar on Tuesday (June 9) in Los Angeles.

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Shia was seen stepping out with his dog for the quick snack, covering his face amid the global health crisis. He was later seen hitting the gym.

If you didn’t hear the news, Shia just recently won a screenwriting competition at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

The script is titled “Minor Modifications” and was declared the winner of the High Scribe award.The prize offers Shia “one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work” as well as “mentoring from an experienced professional. However, he was also met with backlash. Get more details…

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Shia LaBeouf Faced Backlash After Winning an Emerging Screenwriters Competition

Shia LaBeouf keeps up his fitness routine with a run around his neighborhood in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon (May 26).

The 33-year-old actor has been on several runs amid lockdown, stepping out solo and with wife Mia Goth.

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If you didn’t hear the news, Shia just recently won a screenwriting competition at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

The script is titled “Minor Modifications” and was declared the winner of the High Scribe award, TheWrap reports.

The prize offers Shia “one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work” as well as “mentoring from an experienced professional.”

The win has sparked some backlash from other screenwriters who also entered the competition.

“Shia entered the competition as an emerging writer,” a rep for Shia shared. “He is thrilled to be a part of the community and thrives off of any opportunity to gain insight, constructive criticism and knowledge from those with more experience…and that’s in regards to any art form.”

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