LaBeouf “Dropped the Ball” on Indiana Jones Legacy

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In Hollywood, you don’t always get to hear straight talk, but that’s just what reporters heard from Shia LaBeouf this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival.

While at Cannes promoting Wall Street 2, LaBeouf took some time to address fan criticism over Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and why he believes he “dropped the ball” on the Indiana Jones legacy.

From the L.A. Times:

“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.”

LaBeouf also said that star Harrison Ford “wasn’t happy with it either” and that it’s important for those involved in the film to admit that they didn’t do their best work in order to regain credibility with the audience.

“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.”

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Interestingly, while LaBeouf was more than willing to accept personal blame for some of the film’s faults, he didn’t let Steven Spielberg off the hook either (humorously predicting that he would “get a call” from Spielberg over his comments).

“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.”

I admire LaBeouf for his candor and for accepting personal responsibility for his flaws, but I don’t know if it’s the smartest career move for him to criticize some of his highest-grossing films. After all, it was only last week that LaBeouf had similar criticisms of Transformers 2. Granted, LaBeouf is much more diplomatic in his criticism than some of his co-stars (such as the recently axed Megan Fox), but if he keeps up the Monday morning quarterback routine, it could burn some bridges in Hollywood.

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Not that it matters, but I actually enjoyed Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Though it makes me an oddity among film fans (Screen Rant’s Kofi Outlaw put Indy 4 on his list of “Movies that Geeks Pretend Don’t Exist”), I think the movie is on the same par as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: fun and watchable, but not the best in the series.

Of course, that’s beside the point. The real question is, what do you think of LaBeouf’s comments? Do you agree with him or do you think he’s better off keeping his opinions to himself?

Source: L.A. Times

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    • turn off caps! He sucks, he made a bad moveie worse, at least he understands that. maybe in the future he will stop playing annoying characters!

    • I really liked Constantine. Probably because I didn’t even know it was based on a comic until after I saw it, but still.

  3. I think directors lik Spielberg or even Bay can take creative critism as long as it’s civil and mature. The problem with Megan Fox is that she’s neither of those. I don’t think LeGoof needs to worry about his words, especially not from Spielberg.

    Hopefully this means they might try harder for the next Indiana Jones because I love that franchise and would hate for it to end with such a crappy note like the Crystal Skull…

    • Oh wow, bad spelling, “like” and “criticism” lol. There might be more but anyway, not awake yet…

  4. If he didn’t annoy me that much, I would like the guy a lot for saying this..

    • Amen!

  5. Every movie made can always be better, but the script and directing could’ve no should’ve been better…..

  6. Indy 4 is one of the most underrated films of all time.

    (As is Superman Returns.)

    Indy 4 finally made the franchise fun. The previous films are some of the most overrated films of all time too.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Indy 4. The monkey swing is just a bit of fun, as is the ridiculous nuclear-fridge scene.

    • Uh, or the original 3 were fun and 4 was just stupid. That sounds about right… Well, unless you feel that something needs to be stupid in order to be fun, I guess all of those parody movies are awesome for you right? Epic Movie, Dance Flick, etc. etc. lol

    • How much did you get paid to make these comments? This is the reason hollywood keeps making crap. When Indy 5 comes out I will NOT be in line to see it. 4 pissed me off that much. The same goes for Transformers 3.

  7. I liked the movie wasnt the best but wasnt the worst. But i think he shouldnt criticize steve so much. After all he is a 2 time oscar winning director who movies have reached over 1 billion dollars and it looks like hes not to shy about firing his main actors and replacing them (megan fox)! Shia is a great actor and i dont think he should beat himself up about indiana. I do respect him for expressing how he feels and criticize not only himself but the great spielberg too. Hopefully he does better in wall street 2 and transformers 3.

  8. Here’s why I don’t get the uproar over everyone saying Indy 4 was terrible. Raiders of the Lost Ark was about the occult and supernatural, Temple of Doom involves black magic and voodoo, Last Crusade was about a fictional religious artifact, but because Crystal Skull involved aliens it’s completely far fetched. I agree it’s not as great as the other films, but it’s not this abomination that many claim it to be either.

    • It has nothing to do with the premise of the crystal skull. It’s the fact that it didn’t even resemble an Indiana Jones movie. The studio tried to throw too many characters into the story that really had no reason to be there. The story about him having reuinting with Marion and having a son was a waste of time. If they HAD to have her in it they should of at least wrote her character tough like she was in Raiders. It was like she was on drugs the whole time in this movie. Instead of Indy working as a loner and leading a couple people by following clues and figuring things out, he had a giant posse telling him what to do and where to go next.

  9. I agree with Rob regarding Indy 4. It was a good, fun Indy movie. Not the best, but certainly worthy of being included in the franchise. I liked everything from beginning to end, even fridge & the monkey swinging. Everything from the nuke to the aliens from the “space between spaces” (both things I’ve heard complaints about)was pulled directly from the pop culture of the time, just as the original trilogy pulled from their era. Sure, it was corny & unlikely, but so is jumping out of a crashing plane in an inflatable raft & sliding down a mountain as well as many other improbable things that Indianna Jones does on a regular basis. It’s not a series about realism, it’s about escapism.

    Regarding Transformers… Many mistakes were made in the second film. Enough that, while I’m happy to own the first, I will likely never pick the second up on DVD or any other format. Given the promises that have been made regarding the third, I’m cautiously optimistic for the time being.

  10. The problem with Indie 4 was Shia LaBeouf.

    The only movie he has made that I actually liked him in was “Eagle Eye”.
    The rest of his movies feel like he walked from one set to the next and just started talking.
    Like he went from the set of “Constantine” to the set of “I robot” and never bothered to change charterer.
    Then he steps onto the set of Transformers and then walks off and does Indie without ever changing anything.
    No one I know will actually pay to go see one of his movies if he’s the star.
    He’s got some talent, but he needs to work on the linguistics and ditch the NY accent.

    • Distrubia wasn’t a bad movie for him either, but for the most part you’ve hit the nail on the head regarding his acting skills.

  11. Lack of consistency was the problem with Indy 4, it just didn’t feel quite the same. There was a point when I remember they were claiming the old school effects would be used just so it would feel like an Indy movie.
    Starting the movie with a CGI gofer was lame and the whole sub plot of that guy switching sides constantly. It had way too many characters too, less would have been more.
    The inclusion of aliens didn’t bother me though…

  12. When you have the weight of the last 3 indi films it can be sure intense to follow. I think all parties will learn from this and hopefully come up with something much better. maybe Spielberg and Lucas where burning of left over material that seemed to ebb into their flow and Kingdom of the crystal skull was that flow in their creativity. Tho its sad that it lacked what it lacked, and I think that if another Indi film is coming its going to be I feel a really really good one. I can almost feel it in my bones that something good is going to come out form this and its going to happen if they make a new indi.

    Shia your in a hard demanding work strive for purity, clarity, depth of God and you will be in a better place. The best is ahead of you not behind you.. you have a talent, don’t be conformed by this world, you have an amazing talent and the indi film let it be your teacher, look at the positives and appreciate your life, your successes , think of the many who only dream every night of being where you are. Put your shoulders back and dust of the soil on your shoes, dont give up, and seek God in your life take care I look forward to seeing you in the next indi and you will be better I know your searching, you feel responsible for stuff but hang in there its hard, tricky , and a struggle i know were all trying.. But let go and let God ,, all the best ps there are many in the world that have a prayer vigil for actors and people in the media. Its called the fraterney of St Genesius they pray especially for actors all the best check it out shia.. they are on line all the best

  13. @Dvalley  the guy gets paid ga-millions to stand in front of a camera and yell, “Look Out Indy!” as many times as it takes to get it right. He’s not curing AIDS.
    Personally if I was in Shia’s position I wouldn’t care what the fans said. He didn’t write or produce the film.

    I can’t speak for him, but this seems like a desperate attempt to win over the online bloggers that have been raped out of an Indy film they wanted to see.
    Whatever that would look like.
    I seriously doubt re shooting the monkey scenes with more intensity would change the tone of the film… Least we all forget Indy-4 made a ton of cash.

  14. Shias approach was in my opinion spot on. People are so bias when it comes to movies; analyzing it for what it’s not as opposed to what it is. Yes, i do think KOTCS sucked majorly, but this so called “blame” can definitely go around much more than just Spielberg or the actors. You definitely start at the top for green lighting this script. You can blame Spielberg of course as you can the other producers. The folks at ILM for the lack of believability with their effects. Of course the actors, but i think theyre the last on the list.

    As for the Shias comments, i dont feel nothing is unwarranted and absolutely nothing is disrespectful to ANYONE. Props to you Shia for your professionalism. I wasnt that big a fan of yours until I Robot, Transformers and your more current work. (sorry, i didnt like Holes or that disney sitcom you had) LOL.

  15. This is like criticising your boss at the office after an unsuccessful product launch. What is he thinking? First he criticises Transformers, then Indiana Jones- how does he expect any major directors to feel comfortable working with him in the future, knowing he could turn around and rubbish their work afterwards?

    Shia, learn some diplomacy. He’s not a particularly talented actor- like someone said, he plays exactly the same person in every role- same expressions, same mannerisms, same voice- Shia just plays Shia with a different name. His success is due to luck from being in some pretty high profile films.

    Agreed the Indiana Jones movie was terrible (I actually like Transformers for what it was), but he should just keep his head down, mouth shut and be grateful he has work in Hollywood. You can find yourself being dropped from casting calls very quickly if you get a bad reputation. Just ask Corey Haim, or Mickey Rourke about his years in limbo.

  16. yeah.. its cause of his luck that hes been in many high profile movies.. of course!! i mean the kid doesnt own talent..

    gee.. are we much stupid? i’ve liked him in most movies hes playd in.. tho i found him.. not fitting the role as well in indy 4. but the whole character was pointless no matter what, none could’ve made it any better. i love him in transformers, he makes the movie fun. maybe transformers dont have the talented bunch of actors but i doubt its luck that got him into these movies.

  17. If Shia is a big enough man to set aside his ego, then Spieldberg and Lucas need to come forth and apologize too. After all, they’re the ones who decided to go with the story and go all the way with the ET thing. They should have left it up to the audience’s imagination at the end instead of actually showing the aliens. I give koodos to Shia for being man enough to apologize for that film which is a very rare thing for actors to do. Spieldberg and Lucas should actually be apologizing.