‘Indy 4’ Star Shia LaBeouf Talks Training, Spielberg

“I’ve never been more athletic in my life,” Shia LaBeouf told MTV News, referring to his early training for “Indiana Jones 4,” and not, as one might have guessed, his nimbleness at dodging questions regarding the eagerly anticipated flick.

“We haven’t gotten to any rehearsals [yet],” he said, indicating that the film will start shooting in June. “It’s just been a lot of stunt rehearsals and weapons training. My goal and Steven [Spielberg] said mid-way through the working out thing, he’s like, ’I don’t want you to get big, just be ready for what we are about to do.'” It’s a far different look than the one Harrison Ford is cultivating, LaBeouf grinned, insisting that his 64-year-old co-star is in true Indy shape. “He’s a beast right now, I mean he’s really cut up,” LaBeouf contended.

Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Shia looked buffer than usual, sporting greased back hair more reminiscent of Gordon Gekko than Harrison Ford. This would seem to jibe with leaked news posted earlier this morning that said Shia will play a biker in the upcoming sequel. The “Surf’s Up” star was mum on the topic, announcing of his wardrobe only that his character won’t “be wearing a fedora [in the film].”

It’s a veil of secrecy that starts at the top, he affirmed, and one he aims to uphold without any objection. “There is something about when Steven says, ’I’m counting on you kid.’ You know? Then that’s the end of that. You don’t make any demands to Steven Spielberg. You say ’Oh yeah, alright great, that sounds like a good thing to me’,” he proclaimed. “Of course, you have to find your voice as the artist. You’re the tool, and you gotta have some say. [But] I don’t imagine I’ll be questioning anything he says. It’s [not] very easy to say, ’You know Steven, I don’t think that’s correct. I think I should do it this way.'”

Either way, the 20-year-old star knows he’ll be a focal point of fan criticism. “Nobody expects anything from that film,” he joked, his eyes rolling.