You know a movie is bad when one of its stars openly admits it. Recently, Shia Labeouf has decided to come clean with the general public admitting that his last two blockbusters weren’t up to code. We’re talking about the overly hyped sequels Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull.
While overseas promoting Wall Street Money Never Sleeps at the Cannes Film Festival, Labeouf has been owning up to his cinematic transgressions over the past few years. First up was his work as Mutt Williams, the illegitimate greaser son of Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones. His character along with the excessive CGI, monkeys, and aliens were a recipe for disaster.
“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.” (Considering that he’s talking about the scene where his character swings through the treetops with monkeys, I think he’s being a bit hard on himself.) He also insists on having a tremendous amount of respect for Steven Spielberg: “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, he acknowledged the fact that there were too many cooks in the kitchen. There was too much spectacle and not enough story.
“When I saw the second movie, 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…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.”
We give Labeouf props for recognizing where he went wrong, but his sequel track record doesn’t make us feel confident about his stint in Wall Street 2. If you think about it, he’s just given us every reason in the world to stay away from the film despite its talented cast. Dammit Shia!
What do you think of Labeouf’s thoughts on Transformers and Indiana Jones? Are you still interested in seeing Money Never Sleeps?