I don’t know whether there’s something in the water at the Cannes Film Festival, or whether Shia LaBeouf is always this direct, but he’s made yet more comments on past movies he isn’t fond of.
Earlier this week the actor said he “wasn’t impressed” with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and today when discussing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull he said he feels like he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished”.
From The L.A. 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.”
LaBeouf said that he could have kept quiet, especially given the movie’s blockbuster status, but didn’t think the film had fooled anyone. “I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made (slop). And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie.” LaBeouf went on to say he wasn’t the only star on the film who felt that way. “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.”
Asked whether this was difficult to say, given his deep relationship with Spielberg, LaBeouf continued with the directness.
“I’ll probably get a call. 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.”
It’s refreshing to see an actor give honest answers instead of just hiding behind the PR people. Crystal Skull may have been the worst reviewed Indiana Jones movie (77% on Rotten Tomatoes) and there were a few problems here and there (such as with the monkey scene which Shia mentioned), but it wasn’t that bad.
LaBeouf said last year that Spielberg has “cracked the story” for Indiana Jones 5, so maybe they’ll be able to work out their mistakes (Shia already knows his) and improve the next outing.