Shia LaBeouf Bites a Much Bigger Hand That Fed Him
By PopEater Staff Posted May 17th 2010 08:25AM
It's official: Shia LaBeouf has no filter. While hardly no one can blame the 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' actor for recently saying he "wasn't impressed" with the Michael Bay-helmed 'Transformers 2,' his latest comments about another film and its much-more-famous director may actually catch some heat. Interviewed at the Cannes Film Festival, LaBeouf came right out and said he was saddened by 2008's 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' saying he and everyone involved -- including director Steven Spielberg -- "dropped the ball" on the blockbuster sequel.
"I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished," LaBeouf told the LA Times, apologetically. "If I was going to do it twice, my career was over."
Oh, and LaBeouf wasn't the only principle actor bummed out by the movie.
"We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn't happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn't universally accepted."
While the film may have been a financial success, earning nearly $800 million worldwide, LaBeouf believes Spielberg needs to hear it from a friend that 'Skull' was a mess. He urges the director to not let one bad movie get to him.
"I'll probably get a call [from Spielberg]," LaBeouf rightly predicts. "But he needs to hear this. I love him. I love Steven. I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I'm not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. I think he's a genius, and he's given me my whole life. He's done so much great work that there's no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball."
LaBeouf fully admits he wasn't very convincing as a leather jacket-wearing action hero, saying he just wasn't up to the task.
"You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But the actor's job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn't do it. So that's my fault. Simple."
LaBeouf begins filming the third 'Transformers' movie on Tuesday, but last week he said he "wasn't really impressed with 'Transformers 2'" and that despite having "some really wild stunts," the flick's "heart was gone."
On Michael Bay, who directed 'Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen' and will also helm the third film: "Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie."
Celebs at Cannes
Oliver Stone, Carey Mulligan, Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf attend the 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' Photo Call held at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010 in Cannes, France. 63rd Cannes Film Festival: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - Photocall Cannes, France May 14, 2010 Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/FilmMagic.com To license this image (60442716), contact FilmMagic.com
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