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The actor is clearly gratified to be bringing “Lawless” to Cannes, an audience that reveres artistic filmmaking: “This is a community that otherwise would hate me,” he says.

LaBeouf has said the third “Transformers” film, last year’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” will be the last for him, regardless of whether more are made. He’ll next star in Robert Redford’s political drama “The Company You Keep.”

Says LaBeouf: “I’m going to be doing things that I like for a while, until the business says `No, we need you to do this, or you can’t work.’”

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