Looking back at the most recent films he made with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay — Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Transformers 2 — the young star admits that they both kinda sucked.
Doing the press rounds during the Cannes Film Festival, in support of Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel, Shia Labeouf has been stricken with a bout of honesty and said that which fans have known for years: that Indy 4 and Transformers 2 blew.
On Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
"I think the audience is pretty intelligent.... 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]. 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....
"I'll probably get a call. But (Steven) 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."
As for Transformers 2, Laboeuf was less circumspect:
"I wasn't impressed with what we did.... There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone. We got lost. We tried to get bigger. It's what happens to sequels. It's like, how do you top the first one? You've got to go bigger.... Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie.... You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn't matter. Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other."
Should make for an interesting set on the Spielberg-produced, Bay-directed Transformers 3, which starts shooting next month.