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Shia LaBeouf admits the last ''Indiana Jones'' movie was a dog

During a session of interviews at the Cannes Film Festival to promote Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, actor Shia LaBeouf told the Los Angeles Times that even though Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull grossed nearly $800 million worldwide, he's well aware the movie far fell short of its precursors.

"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]," LaBeouf told the paper. "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 he wasn't the only cast member who felt the movie was a disappointment. "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."

As to whether his frankness will get him in trouble with Spielberg, who has cast him in several films (and is executive producer on the Transformers franchise): "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."

LaBeouf's honesty is refreshing - and somewhat shocking in an era when no one ever admits one of their previous box office hits was not all it could have been. Now if only Michael Bay would man up and admit Armageddon and Bad Boys 2 have been major contributors to the decline of modern civilization, global literacy and simple human decency, that would be real progress.


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Nick Coulapides

listen listen, all due respect, i love movies and all and appreciate the passion behind them, but there comes a rare occasion or two when a "B movie" is pure entertainment enough that you have to look past the "movie magic" overtone and let a fun ride be a fun ride, and my god although it goes against every grain of movie knowledge i know, i cant help but LOVE the Bad Boys movies. and knowingly i am in the minority, but i need one last bad boys in my life. Will and Martins chemistry enough make those movies work. Nobody can tell me differently. Bad Boys 2 is a shipwreck if ONE your not from miami, TWO are in a separate minority of disliking Will and Martin which then leads to THREE, you have no comedic bone in your body (maybe that last part isnt necessarily true but id be flabbergasted otherwise)


Nice of him to blame himself, but the fault does not lie with him. The fault lies squarely on the shoulders of Spielberg and Lucas who were completely out of touch with reality on that film. No actor anywhere could make swinging on CGI monkey vine come alive.

And if what he says hurts thier feelings, they better not ever watch that South Park episode....

Rene Rodriguez

@Nick: I'm with you re the first "Bad Boys" - OK, fine, let it be - but part 2 is nothing less than vile.


Thanks for this post, Rene. I'm a fan of this kid's frankness. I read some Parade mag piece a while ago where he was so sincere in his self-awareness that it was almost embarrassing to read. Then he went on to put a Kardashian on blast for mocking the hand he damaged in an accident. His film choices are weak right now but one day he just may squirt out a James Dean turn.

Indiana Jones

LaBeouf is great. And his honesty is appreciated. I'm hoping Miguel is right about his future.

As to Spielberg? I lost faith in the man behind the great Jurassic Park and Jaws about a decade ago. Enough with the aliens already, dude. Jeez.


if only that horrible excuse for a movie (the crystal skull) was his only bad movie - see transformers 2. but i give the kid respect for having the guts to call it like he (and the rest of the world) sees it and he has shown he can act.
lucas and speilberg have done amazing things for the cinema, but not for quite a while. love the south park episode on them!
can somebody please stop micheal bay from making sequels, thank god he didn't make an armageddon 2.

Rev. E. A. Hernandez

You know, a few things to consider here: Shi'a been lambasted by Hollywood for revealing that he had discussions with Harrison Ford. This may be the end of him.

You should all be kneeling and kissing Spielberg's proverbial. I was nearing middle age when Spielberg started making films and he changed my life. And right around that time Lucas gave the world the future of cinema right along with Spielberg.

You're too young, then that's it: you can have no conception of what those two men have done. There's only one other man that towers over them: Akira Kurosawa. SO watch it with the "ah-screw-you-old-man" attitude.

It hasn't worked for Shia.

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