Were you one of the “Indiana Jones” fans left disappointed by the 2008 outing “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”? You’re not alone: Star Shia LaBeouf feels the same way.
The actor, who only last week told gathered reporters at the Cannes Film Festival that he “wasn’t impressed” with last summer’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” made some equally frank statements over the weekend about his contribution to the Harrison Ford-starring action/adventure series.
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “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, who directed]. 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.”
Perhaps most refreshing about the actor’s comments is his respect for the audience. LaBeouf is aware of the perception that’s out there and he’s not afraid to address it directly. “I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made [crap],” he said. “And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie?”
It’s an unusual display of honesty in an industry that is typically driven by studios and publicists fighting hard to control their message. “I’ll probably get a call,” LaBeouf said. “But [Spielberg] 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.”
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