If he's a hottie, he's a girly-man hottie. The movies deliberately emasculate him, making him an unemployed, insecure whiner threatened by his super-hot girlfriend(s?), who is/are clearly neither threatened by nor greatly impressed with him. In T3 both Shia and Huntington-Whiteley call him her "boy-toy." This hilarious review about nails it:Shia LeBeouf is a "schlub"? I thought he was considered a sex symbol, or a "hottie," or whatever. Maybe I just haven't seen him lately.
Last week there was Shia LaBeouf in Transformers 3 living with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, on the rebound from Megan Fox in the earlier films.
Michael Bay understands that summer movies are about two things: male anxiety, and pure id. That's why he casts Shia LaBoeuf, that supreme avatar of pure male inadequacy, in the lead role. LaBoeuf projects a pathetic, wall-eyed dorkhood, when he's not babbling like a tumor removed from Woody Allen's prostate that somehow achieved sentience. I imagine the DVD of ROTF will include a whole disk of outtakes where they had to stop filming because LaBoeuf was drooling on camera. As it is, the film includes several extreme closeups of LaBoeuf's dazed stare.