It’s not too often that you hear a filmmaker or an actor admit that a movie they were involved in didn’t turn out so great. Which is precisely why it always stands out as being a little odd when someone actually does it. Shia LaBeouf has been out promoting Wall Street 2 over the past week in Cannes, and for some reason, he thought it was a good time to own up to some of his previous failures instead of defending them. First he was quoted as saying that there was something missing from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
“When I saw the second movie [in the series], I wasn’t impressed with what we did… There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone.”
After that, he had some harsh words for Steven Spielberg in the L.A. Times, re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished… 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.”
He also said that Harrison Ford wasn’t particularly happy with the final product. While in some ways it’s gratifying to hear LaBeouf come clean about these things, it also feels kind of fake… like he’s just falling in line so that people will like him and go see his new movie. Plus I didn’t have a problem with LaBeouf’s performance in Indy 4. Do you agree with these statements, and do they make you gain respect for Shia LaBeouf, or do they just seem like empty P.R. moves?