Not even Shia LaBeouf liked Transformers 2

Shia LaBeouf is currently in Cannes promoting Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which is set to make its debut at the festival within the week.

Needless to say, there is a certain amount of prestige attached to the Cannes Film Festival, and it must be an honour for LaBeouf to be able to discuss his starring role in a film directed by the great Oliver Stone. For an actor whose previous films primarily feature talking robots and evil computers, it must be putting things in a new perspective.

So, perhaps it’s a mixture of freshly-discovered shame and champagne that has led to his decision to publicly vilify his biggest ever film, the lamentable Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

Speaking to the Associated Press (and printed in The Huffington Post), LaBeouf admitted that T2: ROTF was a victim of director Michael Bay‘s overzealous ambition:

“When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did. There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone. [In the second film] we got lost. We tried to get bigger. It’s what happens to sequels. It’s like, how do you top the first one? You’ve got to go bigger. Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. … You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.”

Sadly, no mention of Skids and Mudflap.

Head on over to The Huffington Post to read LaBeouf’s thoughts on Transformers 3 (which he, unsurprisingly, is more positive about).

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens September 23, 2010. Transformers 3 is set to open July 2011.

Discuss: Is it too early for LaBeouf to bite the hand that feeds? Or is his honesty refreshing?

2 Responses to “Not even Shia LaBeouf liked Transformers 2”

  1. I'd rather watch a movie with just robots fighting each other than the crappy Hollywood 'heart' that he's talking about.

  2. I was incredibly bored throughout Transformers 2. In fact, when there weren't robots fighting (again!), the characters, dialogue and half hearted relationships actually pissed me off and set me ranting for the next few weeks.Shia LaBeouf sounds like he's conceding to popular opinion on this one. Maybe if he voiced his dislike diplomatically earlier, I'd be convinced. Otherwise, he sounds like he's trying to reestablish his reputation as a 'deep' actor because he has thoughts on relationships(!) Or maybe I'm projecting my dislike of Transformers on to LaBeouf. Much in the same way I didn't like DiCraprio for Titanic (but now he's awesome)

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