While He's At It, Shia LaBeouf Admits That Indiana Jones 4 Sucked Too


We don't know if it's the fresh, sea air or perhaps some important life choices he's decided to make, but Shia LaBeouf simply cannot stop speaking truth to power. Scant days after telling the world he thought Transformers 2 was an ungodly mess, LaBeouf told reporters in Cannes that he believes that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was an unworthy entry in the series -- and that he doesn't care if Spielberg hears him complaining or not.

It's not just dear 'ol Shia who feels the audience got shortchanged by the fourth installment. According to him, he and Harrison Ford "had major discussions [and] he wasn't happy with it either," the actor told reporters at Cannes. But Shia, bless his heart, starts off trying to take on the lion's share of the blame:

"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."

Oh, Shia. What about the be-goitered monster who dreamed up such a lousy scene to begin with? Or who approved such risible dialogue as "But their treasure wasn't gold. It was knowledge. Knowledge was their treasure. " You don't want to spoon a little blame his way?

Fortunately, as Shia continued working through his shame, he was able to alight on additional culprit, director Stephen Spielberg.

"I'll probably get a call [from Spielberg]. 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."

Now, you can take this one of two ways. It's either a completely rational, lucid acceptance of the fact that the majority of moviegoers were deeply unsatisfied with the last installment of a beloved film series, and that their disappointments should be addressed in a forthright manner to re-establish a bond of trust. OR! It's merely a prelude to a hastily cobbled together, apologetic press release, blaming a combination of jetlag, misquotes, and, let's say, volcanic ash. Place your bets!

[Photo Credit: George Pimentel/Film Magic]

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  • dmann says:

    Honestly Shia is a great actor and I think you all know it. They need to put him in more of a "Good Will Hunting" type of role, meaning a well rounded great screen play with real dialog. Most of the "haters" that have been commenting on here are only judging him based off of a couple movies that were crap. They are ignoring the fact that he acknowledged they were crap and went against most actors’ basic instinct of NOT throwing Steven Spielberg or George Lucas under the bus. He obviously did it because the audience needed to hear it and whether or not it was or wasn't a good career move he did it for the people that have actually spent money on his films...Which apparently is everyone who has commented on this.

  • Jack says:

    LaBeouf was one of the reasons I didn't like Indiana Jones 4. Him, the plot, the crystal skulls that looked like plexiglas stuffed with cellophane, the...
    OK it just sucked all around.

  • MRSQUINT says:

    LOL...you made my day!

  • I'm glad that he admitted it. I hope Transformer 3 will be better.

  • Shia Binks! says:

    Shia is completely full of it. EVERYONE knows the biggest problem with Indy 4 was Shia himself, no one else. Now he's trying to shift the blame on everyone but himself. Shia is just the most annoying actor in the history of cinema, he can't hide how arrogant and full of himself he is on screen. the guy is just a punk with no talent that somehow deceives the idiot bigwigs in hollywood. Shia you are the the worst (highly paid) actor in the history of hollywood. You aren't fooling anyone with this so called "confession", it's just smoke and mirrors. Jar Jar Binks = Shia

  • Laurel says:

    Indy 4 had been my worst experience ever.

  • tiger tim says:

    ---STILL waiting for the long rich and established
    of Hollywood to break ranks -come forward and spill
    on the devestating, perhaps lethal, implications
    of 4 decades of franchise slum catering to history's
    --MOST-- awesomely genocidal regime --ACROSS the Pacific...
    ---Take your time boys ---we know it ain't gonna' be pretty!

  • James says:

    If Shia had admitted he can't act, this would have been a much more interesting story. Maybe he should just learn how to read a script and he won't end up in such god-awful films.

  • BT says:

    Can we get Harrison Ford to apologies for everything he has made except Star wars, Bladerunner and Indiana Jones?

  • Trace says:

    Indy 4 was bad, but not groaningly awful. And Shia's hardly the worst offender in that movie (Kate Blanchett keeps getting villian roles for some odd reason; she isn't remotely terrifying or threatening in any way, she simply isn't Indy's equal).

  • David P says:

    It was lucas's fault and no one elses that IJ4 sucked. You can't blame steven the man is an einstein and you can't blame shia he acted his ass off.
    ILM is becoming more and more of a problem. The biggest issue with ILM is somewhere over the past 10 years they lost their balls.

    IJ4 for me wasn't that bad. But it certainly wasn't up to par with what I expected out of the "Next Indy film".

    All in all you can put this up their with some of the greatest blunders of the past 25 years right next to clinton getting caught and michael jackson getting the needle.