At one point in his career Shia LaBeouf was the It guy in Hollywood, and a bona fide A-lister. With lead roles in films like DisturbiaTransformers, Indiana Jones and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Shia established himself as a kid who could write his own ticket and sail off into a glowing sunset. However, after a series of missteps, including a couple of DUIs, an accusation of plagiarism and its subsequent apology tour, a few viral videos displaying public drunkenness, as well as a very strange motivational speech backed by a green screen, Shia has found himself in a much different place in regards to Hollywood’s grade list.

That being said, it could be argued that after tasting the nectar of success Shia simply made a deliberate decision to focus on more meaningful films, and living his life as a passionately creative person. Regardless, it is safe to say that Shia seems to embody the definition of a “tortured artist.” And curiously, the same thing was often said about tennis superstar John McEnroe when he terrorized his competitors and dominated men’s tennis in the 1970s. McEnroe was known to intimidate officials and opponents alike with his notorious temper as well as his indisputably unique racket work. And his battles with the supercool Swede Bjorn Borg are legendary in the world of athletic competition.

As it turns out, Shia has now signed on to play the notorious bad boy John McEnroe in an upcoming biopic entitled Borg/McEnroe, a film about the great and storied tennis rivalry. Notably, LaBeouf says he doesn’t play tennis and is not left-handed, but is taking lessons to portray the athletic genius McEnroe with some degree of verisimilitude.

So, the question of the day is: Do you think actors can play star athletes without having any experience in the sport they’re attempting to recreate? Or is it all about the acting? Can Ice Cube play Chris Paul? Or can George Clooney portray Tom Brady? Or is it all a bit silly watching these guys with limited athletic ability playing athletic giants? Please share!

 

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