This Shia LaBeouf kid is apparently trying his best to make sure that any enthusiasm for the Wall Street sequel is completely drained by the time it hits theaters.
With every puff piece on how he's shown himself a 2000% return in his personal stock trading account, more eyes roll and more sighs of disappointment can be heard amongst the film's would-be core audience - Wall Street itself.
The latest ridiculousness involves Shia's pumping of an experimental oil stock that has no earnings from oil exploration or production of any kind as yet...
From the New York Post:
After preparing for his turn as a hedge-fund trader by visiting trading floors of small brokerage houses, LaBeouf in the April issue of GQ talked up the stock of an oil and natural gas exploration company that has yet to produce any of either.
"IOC's momentum is major, and it will surprise to the upside," LaBeouf said in a text message to the GQ article's author, Adam Sachs, using the trader lingo he apparently picked up while prepping for the film.
The 23-year-old star of the "Transformers" franchise was referring to InterOil, a Canadian firm with the New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol IOC that says it's searching for natural gas and oil in Papua New Guinea.
However, after seven years of exploration and drilling, InterOil has yet to produce any proven commercial oil or gas reserves.
Kid, can you just talk about your movie and stop digging your credibility hole any deeper? You seem like a nice guy and no one is rooting against you. When you read this stuff you're saying five years from now, you're going to cringe in embarrassment like the rest of us are doing as we speak.
Try to be a little more Sheen-like circa 1987...in other words, just be cool.
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