Winnipeg Sun (Ca), February 27, 2005

Where's LaBeouf?

According to Shia LaBeouf, a dark menace visited the set of Constantine where he plays Keanu Reeves chauffeur and sidekick.

"It was in the mausoleum set," insists LaBeouf whose films include Holes, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, I, Robot and The Battle of Shaker Heights.

"There was a corner that was dimly lit. Anyone who spent any amount of time there just seemed to lose their energy. People got sick. People got depressed if they spent too much time in that area."

LaBeouf, 17, stayed his distance and so has only happy memories of his time filming Constantine.

"I think that's because Keanu was so into being his character, and that proved to be a dark place. Djimon Hounsou is naturally intense, and Tilda Swinton is a classically trained actress who's very serious about everything she's doing. That left me as this little guy running around being the most human character and, therefore, the eyes of the audience."

LaBeouf auditioned for the role of Clark Kent's sidekick Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns but lost to Sam Huntington, 22, the star of Jungle 2 Jungle and Sleepover.

LaBeouf hasn't had time to mourn that loss.

He's been busy perfecting his golf swing for the movie The Greatest Game Ever Played, in which he plays Francis Ouimet, the first amateur to win the U.S. Open.

"Bill Paxton is directing. I had to train for six months before we began shooting," recalls LaBeouf.

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