This here..can be the official Transformers 2 thread.....at least until the other 20 related threads pop up. I could have posted this in the Geek Stuff thread. But come on...this deserves its own space for pics,discussion,etc.
Anyways...here is the new trailer. And it puts speculation to rest about a particular someone's role in the sequel:
The Sam Witwicky role suits him well- a regular kid thrown into an extraordinary situation and doing the best he can. It's the Mutt Williams role in the last Indiana Jones movie that people have a problem with, since he was portraying a capable hero. Too much of a stretch for him at this point.
I like him in Transformers. I still haven't seen Indiana Jones simply because...I'm scared. I don't want to ruin that childhood image of that character in my head.
Labeouf can act though....he just isn't one of the best and he doesn't have the "seasoning" to pull off many lead roles at this point without people rolling their eyes.
The movie Eagle Eye is proof of this. He was supposed to be playing some guy in his late 20's so that there would be some chemistry between him and the lead actress. Instead, it was like she was babysitting him the whole movie and he never filled that role out completely.
Who the fuck uses TAPES today? That would make as much sense as making him a record player. I think the change is a good one. He needs to be able to steal info from long range and in this day and age, that either makes him a satellite...or a blu tooth head set.
John Turturro voices Jetfire,a former Decepticon who transforms into a SR-71 Blackbird. His wounds and age have made him choose to become an Autobot. He can combine with Optimus, an idea previously seen in the Transformers: Armada series.
How about him being a big ass Plasma TV with his minions as high-def receiver,speakers,and PS3...ehhh??? j/k'n
There has to be a middle ground of appealing to the die-hard geeks...and adhering to the obvious level of technology we have today. Maybe they should throw something in that alludes or makes reference to a former life as a boombox...or something. That would be funny.
I agree with all of this. I don't actually mind the kid at all, but I think they are trying too hard to push him into lead action roles and that's just not how people see him. I don't think people will ever really see him that way. He's just too short and slightly built to believe as a serious action guy. Even that poker scene at the beginning of Eagle Eye made me laugh a little, as he just seemed to be trying too hard to be a bad ass at the table.
He should stick to roles like Sam Witwicky and other roles where we plays more of an 'everyman' that's thrown into a situation.