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Shia LaBeouf Now 17 Percent Less Douchey

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 17, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 17, 2010 |

It’s slightly harder to harbor considerable ill will against an actor who helped to ruin one franchise and exacerbated the awfulness of another when he actually comes out and admits his role in it, which makes what Shia LaBeouf has been doing this week strangely refreshing. Late last week, while doing press for Wall Street 2 out at Cannes, LaBeouf admitted that Transformers 2 wasn’t very good, remarking “When I saw the second movie [in the series], I wasn’t impressed with what we did.” He conceded that, while “there were some really wild stunts in it, the heart was gone,” before promising that the third in the series will have more of the human element.

That would take casting an actual human, and Megan Fox doesn’t count. But, kudos to LaBeouf for admitting a dud is a dud. What’s even more impressive, however, is that LaBeouf also trashed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, confessing that Harrison Ford felt similarly.

I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made (slop). And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie…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….We need to be able to satiate the appetite. I think we just misinterpreted what we were trying to satiate.

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.

That’s big of him to take the blame for the clusterfuck that was Indy IV, although I think 73 percent of it lies with George Lucas, another 20 percent with Steven Spielberg, and 7 percent with LaBeouf. It’s nevertheless refreshing to hear an actor concede the failures of franchises of which he’s still a part. You have to wonder, however, if Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg appreciates being thrown under the bus.

(Source: LA Times)

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