What with Shia LaBeouf shooting his mouth off about on-set hookups and his poverty-inspired rage, you might forget there are other actors in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, even their attention is focused on the former Disney wunderkind; in an interview with Parade, Patrick Dempsey was asked what it’s like to work with LaBeouf, and shrugs off any and all bad behavior with a quote about growing up.
“I think he’s becoming a man. He’s had to learn about himself in a very public way, and fame is very much a double-edged sword. There’s a lot of good that comes with it and there’s a lot of negative that comes with it, and I think he’s really aware of his strengths and his weaknesses and what he wants to do to improve. We had some great talks about those things, and I really like him for who he was and what he’s struggling to do and what he wants to do and who he’s been and who he’s becoming.”
It’s frustratingly vague, but reading between the lines we can pick up hints about a lot of what was covered in the Details profile: LaBeouf blabbing about hooking up with Megan Fox even though she was dating Brian Austin Green at the time; his idiosyncracies like spitting on the road; and his rough childhood coming from a broken family. I’m just not sure how much I buy into what Dempsey’s saying, since it seems more reactive than proactive.
But honestly, LaBeouf couldn’t have a better advocate than Dempsey, one of the rare Hollywood stars who started young and still has a solid foothold in the business. He starred in Can’t Buy Me Love at the tender age of 21 and worked steadily in movies and TV for nearly 25 years after.
Though Grey’s Anatomy was the first time most of my generation learned who he was, it was just another successful gig in a long string of them. In fact, he kept a cool head during the Isaiah Washington mess, when there were pointed fingers and contracts getting torn up.
Ironically, Dempsey gets to play a real skeeze in Transformers, as Carly’s (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) boss who calls her his “Duchess” and arranges a pity interview for LaBeouf’s character Sam. But see, Dempsey knows how to play a douche.