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Shia LeBeouf Trashes ‘Transformers 2’ And ‘Indiana Jones 4’ At Cannes

Most stars are content to use the media spotlight of Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest film and smile for the paparazzi. Shia LeBeouf, who has been walking the red carpet and sitting through press conferences to promote Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, in which he plays a young Wall Street trader, has been taking the opportunity to air out his thoughts regarding his last few movies. He told reporters that he was less than thrilled with last year’s Transformers sequel:

When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did.

Besides trashing the Michael Bay blockbuster, which made an astronomical $400 million domestically, he admitted that Indian Jones 4 was also a disappointment:

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. 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.

The young actor acknowledged that his comments may cause a rift with director Steven Speilberg, but said that he feels the need to be honest:

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.

LaBeouf says that his disappointment with the film and his performance was a motivating factor as he was filming Wall Street 2:

I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished. If I was going to do it twice, my career was over. So this was fight-or-flight for me.

The follow-up to the 1987 classic doesn’t open here until September 24, but UK critics have already published their reviews, most of which have praised LeBeouf’s performance in the film.

[LA Times]

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