The Guardian has a new article on Shia LaBeouf where the actor confesses he doesn’t like the films he made with Steven Spielberg. He clarifies and says he liked his first Transformers film but that is where it starts and stops for him. His recent comments are interesting considering they’re making Indiana Jones 5 and there is a slim chance he has a part in that story. It would seem a forgone conclusion that LaBeouf would not be involved in the next Indy film considering his lack of a professional filter when being interviewed over the last year mostly, mainly due to his abuse of alcohol. But as they say, never say never. However, his recent interviews are not making those chances seem super positive for the return of Mutt Jones any time soon.
LaBeouf still feels he let audiences down:
“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. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”
LaBeouf told Variety:
He thought Spielberg would be his ticket to a big-screen legacy. “You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of,” LaBeouf says. “You’re meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He’s less a director than he is a f–king company.” (Spielberg declined to comment.)
He goes on to complain that everything is completely planned out on a Spielberg film, down to the time you have to say your lines. It sounds like the tight production Spielberg has cultivated over the years is something LaBeouf finds less than inspiring on set.
He doesn’t consider the sequel a success, despite its worldwide gross of nearly $800 million. “I prepped for a year and a half,” LaBeouf says. “And then the movie comes out, and it’s your fault. That sh-t hurt bad.”
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has a bad reputation with the nitpickers of the day that reviewed the film. There’s no doubt there and no need to rehash them here. I still think general audiences saw an Indy film and enjoyed it. The idea that the role of Mutt Williams and LaBeouf’s performance ruined the film is a bit self-aggrandizing and far from reflecting reality.
LaBeouf told NME:
You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven. 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.”
Sometime ago Harrison Ford commented to Details (via NME):
“I think he was a fucking idiot. As an actor, I think it’s my obligation to support the film without making a complete ass of myself. Shia is ambitious, attentive, and talented – and he’s learning how to deal with a situation which is very unique and difficult.
There was a time when Spielberg made somewhat disparaging comments about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom while leading up to the production of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Of course that was his film and it was feeding into the positivity of making their next Indy film great, which he did. With LaBeouf’s admissions and opinions on his work it seems like the “street cred” he’s attempting to build up with his brutal honesty is more about closing doors than opening them. It is kind of a bummer to think that Mutt Williams will simply be a one off character.
Indiana Jones has a lot of characters that are one hit wonders and it is one film of fun and then done. It seems like Mutt Williams will be one of those characters and not the legacy character he was intended to be. That’s unfortunate. My friends on Making Indy’s Keeping up with the Joneses, our Indy podcast, sometimes wonder why we even discuss if Mutt could return. My take was always that there was a chance a sober LaBeouf could rebuild his reputation, find forgiveness, and a huge block buster film would sweep the dirt under the rug (a simplification but you get what I mean). These admissions by LaBeouf seem to make that hope extremely unlikely.
Hopefully we get the final word on the return of Mutt Williams pretty soon.