Shia LaBeouf didn’t like Indy 4 either

Shia LaBeouf has continued his tour of contrition (or should that be Cannes-trition) by admitting that he “dropped the ball” on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The 23-year-old actor is giving plenty of interviews on the Croisette while promoting Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend.

Last week he shared that he “wasn’t impressed” with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This time, while speaking to a bunch of reporters on a hotel terrace, he has expressed even franker feelings about the 2007 Indiana Jones flick, in which he played Jones’ son Mutt. (The LA Times Blog has the full rundown.)

“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished. If I was going to do it twice [re: Wall Street], my career was over. So this was fight-or-flight for me.”

LaBeouf was willing to shoulder much of the blame for the fourth film’s failures.

“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.”

The actor continued:

“I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made … . And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a 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.”

When asked how Spielberg would react to this admission, LaBeouf responded:

“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.”

You’ve got to appreciate LaBeouf’s frankness. Surely that Eagle Eye apology is just around the corner…

Discuss: I actually consider the young actor to be the best part about both Indy 4 and Transformers 2. This kid needs a self-esteem check.

One Response to “Shia LaBeouf didn’t like Indy 4 either”

  1. Memo to Shia – you're a dreadful actor. Indy 4 was woeful from the moment you put putted in on your motorbike and it was just downhill from there. PS – don't think Spielberg will be calling. PPS – Bay won't be calling either. You were awful in Transformers as well. Bay axed Megan… don't think you're safe either. Bumblebee UR4Me.

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