Shia LaBeouf on Playing John McEnroe

>>> KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. >> STAY ON YOUR SIDE, NO REASON TO TALK. >> NO ONE'S TALKING TO YOU. >> [ BLEEP ]. [ BLEEP ]. >> YEAH, SO [ BLEEP ] DISGUSTING, GO HOME THEN! >> PLAY TENNIS! >> SHUT THE [ BLEEP ] UP, GO PLAY TENNIS BY YOURSELF! >> JOHN, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR VICTORY TODAY. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT YOUR BEHAVIOR? >> CAN WE TALK ABOUT MY TENNIS? >> ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE REPUTATION YOU'VE GAINED? PEOPLE ARE TALKING MORE ABOUT YOUR BEHAVIOR THAN YOUR TENNIS. >> YOU CERTAINLY TALK MORE ABOUT MY BEHAVIOR THAN MY TENNIS. >> DO YOU THINK IT'S VALID? >> NO. >> DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS ABOUT YOUR BEHAVIOR? >> I REGRET I'VE GOT TO SIT HERE AND TALK TO YOU. >> Jimmy: THAT'S SHIA LaBEOUF AS JOHN McENROE. "BORG VERSUS McENROE." YOU'RE GETTING THE BEST REVIEWS OF YOUR CAREER. I LOVE THIS MOVIE, I LOVE JOHN McENROE, LOOKING BACK I THOUGHT OF BJORN BORG AS HIS RIVAL AND I DIDN'T LIKE HIM, BUT LOOKING BACK, I LOVE HIM. YOU ARE THE PERFECT PERSON TO PLAY THIS GUY. >> YEAH. >> Jimmy: BECAUSE YOU GUYS DO -- I MEAN, YOU DO HAVE SOME THINGS IN COMMON FOR SURE. [ LAUGHTER ] >> YES, YES, YEAH, YEAH. >> Jimmy: DID THEY SAY WHEN THEY DECIDED TO MAKE THIS MOVIE THAT YOU HAD TO BE THE GUY TO BE IN IT? >> YEAH, THEY SORT OF SAID, HEY, YOU'RE AN [ BLEEP ], MAN. [ LAUGHTER ] >> Jimmy: BUT I DON'T THINK OF JOHN McENROE THAT WAY. >> NO, IT'S TRUE. NO, HE WAS FAR MORE STRATEGIC WITH HIS STUFF. [ LAUGHTER ] NO, BUT -- YEAH THEY SORT OF -- WE WERE -- YEAH. THERE WAS -- THERE WAS TWO DIFFERENT McENROES. THIS WAS MORE OF AN IN-DEPTH STUDY, THE PSYCHOLOGY. THE DIRECTOR GOT USING ON THE, THIS BOAT IN FRANCE. THE FRENCH CAN BE FORWARD WITH THE WAY THEY -- LIKE FOR INSTANCE, WE'RE SITTING THERE, HAD TO PUT ON A BIT OF WEIGHT FOR A DIFFERENT THING, AND THE PRODUCER'S LIKE, HEY, SO YOU'RE PLAYING MAC McENROE. THERE'S TEN PEOPLE AROUND. HE'S LIKE, BUT YOU'RE VERY FAT. [ LAUGHTER ] AND I THOUGHT, MAYBE THERE WAS ANOTHER WAY TO GET TO THAT? YOU KNOW, IN AMERICA, SOMEBODY WOULD BE LIKE, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO FOR PREP? NONE OF THAT. THE DANISH PEOPLE ARE LIKE, HEY, MAN, YOU'RE REALLY FAT. >> Jimmy: RIGHT TO IT. AND THEY'RE GIVING YOU DANISH IN THE FIRST PLACE. >> YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? >> Jimmy: HAVE YOU MET JOHN McENROE? >> NEVER MET HIM. BUT JOHN, BIG LOVE, MAN. >> Jimmy: DID HE KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING? OR WAS THIS DONE WITHOUT HIS CONSENT? >> NO, HE KNEW IT WAS HAPPENING, BUSY GUY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE BUREAUCRACY OF IT ALL WAS. NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR JOHN McENROE. >> Jimmy: IS HE MAD AT YOU? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME? >> NO, NO -- HE MIGHT BE HE MIGHT BE YEAH, HE MIGHT BE. >> Jimmy: I DON'T KNOW, I'D THINK HE'D ENJOY WATCHING THIS. >> SO WOULD I. IT'S REALLY MADE AS A TESTAMENT TO THE RELATIONSHIP. AND -- BUT I THINK WHAT HE SAID WAS, HE SAID, YOU KNOW, MAKES ME LOOK LIKE TOO MUCH OF A JERK. >> Jimmy: HE SAID THAT? >> YEAH, HE SAID THAT. SO REALLY, KNOWING McENROE, THAT'S LIKE A GLOWING ENDORSEMENT. [ LAUGHTER ] SO THANKS, JOHN. >> Jimmy: McENROE IS A LEFTY AND YOU'RE NOT. >> NO, NO. >> Reporter: I WAS OBSESSED WITH THIS WATCHING, YOU'RE PLAYING TENNIS LEFT-HANDED. IT'S HARD ENOUGH TO PLAY TENNIS TO TRY TO APPROXIMATE ONE OF THE GRACE PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME. TO PLAY LEFT-HANDED? >> I TAKE IT FURTHER. I THINK IT'S IMPOSSIBLE, ANY ACTOR, GIVEN TEN YEARS, TO PLAY McENROE. >> Jimmy: SURE, YEAH. >> WE LEARNED IT LIKE A DANCE. THEY WOULD PLAY A METRONOME, NO BALL. WE'D JUST LEARN EVERY SINGLE POINT. WHERE EVERY FOOT, WHERE EVERY HAND -- JUST STUPID IT DY IT LIK DANCE. YOU'D KNOW WHERE THE BALL WAS BOUNCING SO THE CROWD WOULD KNOW WHERE THE BALL WAS AND PLAYERS WOULD KNOW BASED ON AUDIO CUES. >> Jimmy: AND PUT A BALL IN LATER. >> RIGHT. >> Jimmy: THEY DO "TRANSFORMERS," ISN'T THERE ALWAYS A TENNIS BALL? >> A TENNIS BALL. >> Jimmy: NOW THERE'S NO TENNIS BALL. [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> Jimmy: THE FIRST TIME YOU GOT A TENNIS BALL -- >> IT WILL DO SOMETHING TO YOUR HEAD THIS LIFE. >> Jimmy: SHIA LaBEOUF, EVERYBODY, GREAT JOB. “BORG VS. MCENROE” OPENS IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND TOMORROW.

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