Mads Mikkelsen and Shia LaBeouf. Wait, What? "Charlie Countryman" Trailer

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Mads Mikkelsen and Shia LaBeouf. Wait, What? 'Charlie Countryman' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 9, 2013 | Comments ()


My first reaction on seeing the trailer for Charlie Countryman was to wonder what exactly was going on with Shie LaBeouf’s hair. Like all of it above his neck. It’s like a beard tried to grow, and then died of embarrassment at who it was growing on.

My second thought was, of course it’s a Sundance film. Because it seems that every time I see a trailer filled with things I am predisposed to loathe, that logo comes up and mocks me, saying no no, this means it’s a good film, just to spite you.

And it goes on. There are contrivances. There are young Americans wandering the darker parts of European cities at night. Hope rises that maybe this is actually “Hostel 3: The Hostelling”, not because I have any love for those films, but because they would presuppose the presence of razors which could potentially solve the continuing problem of that facial hair.

And then around half way through, it tries to tempt me. See if you can spot the point:

Mads! Mads? Mads!

Talk about burying the lede. There are other quite good actors in there - Melissa Leo for one - but I think we can agree on the primary draw.

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  • Pretty Hate Machine

    I want to have all the sex with Mads.

  • Vikki Gamier

    I agree - this is all about Mads for me. I am going to have to suspend reality for this movie as I can't comprehend why ERW would want to be with SL when she was married to Mads character (bad or not the man is smoldering). It's like going from a Bentley to a Ford. I also don't get why MM's character would be obsessed with her - she looks like a teenager in these trailers. Don't even get me started on the accent....... Maybe it's the whole Thirteen thing messing me up but these characters just don't seem to fit together.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I just can't with Shia. He's just so up his own ass about everything, I think he believes he's the living embodiment of Holden Caulfield. I imagine he's that guy who wants to read you his poetry, because he wants to see if you "get it".
    That being said, wow this has a great cast. Mads, Leo, Til...I wish I could see it but with lines like "If I die, I die for love, and that's a cool way to go." - no, just no.

  • Yocean

    I can watch Mads beating up Shia La Beefy in various ways all day, hell, all year. And not just by Mads, but...could it be I'm excited to see his face in movies as long as it gets fair pounding from accomplished actors? just imagine, Cummerbatch unleashing a batch of Smaug heat on his bitch face, Fassbender going on echoing beating bender on beefy wiener, Sirs Stewart and McKellen going alternatively Didi and Gogo on putting Xs on that smug cheeks (ass too)....possibility is endless. Seems the Beef has finally found his niche. Good for him.

  • Laura Darch

    You just made my day. Thank you.

  • Guest

    Looks like they don't allow embedding.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    MADS. Oh no, this is like Lawless 2.0 for me: I want to see the awesome, scorchingly hot actor in what seems like a promising movie, but it'll probably get shat on by Shia LaBeouf and his inexplicable ability to stay employed.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I'm with you on that. I loved Lawless, when "The Beef" wasn't on screen. So many good actors, a mildly interesting plot and then...he came on screen and ruined everything.

    It's not exactly a happy movie, but The Hunt was excellent and Mads was his usual perfect self in it.

    Or you could do what I do: just watch After the Wedding for the 800th time...

  • Vikki Gamier

    Both great movies - Open Hearts & Prague are good as well

  • Jill

    This is admittedly stupid, but every time LaBeouf showed up in the trailer, in my mind, I became Mark Wahlberg and he became Will Ferrell up against (Mikkelsen's) Eva Mendes in the movie The Other Guys. "Yeah, yeah go back inside Allen."

  • BWeaves

    Unless you want to wait for Kung Fu Panda 3 to come out (and I wish I was joking about that), I recommend "A Royal Affair." It's subtitled, but you won't care. He's in period costume and plays the lover of the Queen.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    And also, if you think him voicing on Kung Fu Panda 3 is bad, take into account that he probably dubbed on every single children's film that came to Denmark in the past decade.

  • Pants-are-a-must


  • Vikki Gamier

    LOL - try Exit (2006)

  • Vi

    Hm... maybe I shouldn't recommend Flame and Citron then..

  • Vikki Gamier

    Yea, that was a rough one....

  • BWeaves

    Everyone knew how Titanic ended, and they watched it anyway for the LURVE story.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Invoking Titanic does nothing for me. That movie was the longest 3 hours of my life.

  • BWeaves

    Lots of running. I suppose I should be glad they are not trying to outrun fire.

  • BlackRabbit

    Shouldn't it be "burying the lead"? Or am I missing a joke?

  • Nat Kittyface
  • BlackRabbit

    Thanks for the education! I'd really always thought it was "lead", as in the most important part of the story was the "leader". Live and learn. Thankfully this is the first time I've displayed this particular bit of ignorance.

  • It's possible you missed the intentional deviation from the general terminology, given the context.

    Still, agree with @Sara_Tonin00 that you brought the smarts! cheers,

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It's nice of you to educate rather than downvote.

  • George Tarleton

    That cast is bonkers good, man. Shia or no (and I think he's got potential, when he's not trying too hard to be commercially successful and when he settles down and drops his shtick), you can't beat that damn cast. Mads? Melissa Leo? D'Onofrio? Evan Rachel Wood (who really should be in more things because she's terrific)? Til Schweiger? Rupert Grint? It's like some weirdly awesome game of casting mad libs.

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