Shia LaBeouf: Hot and Honest

By: Brodie
5.17.2010

What else could you want in a man? The Spielberg-anointed young superstar Shia LaBeouf made candid comments in Cannes regarding his new film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and his regrettable role in the last Indiana Jones sequel.

"I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished," LaBeouf told the Los Angeles Times. He realized that following it with another big brand sequel, for Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, was a daunting gamble. "If I was going to do it twice, my career was over,” LaBeouf reasoned. “So this was fight-or-flight for me."

Speaking to reporters at the Cannes Film Festival, the former Disney star said he didn’t think he delivered on the action star Indiana fans were promised. "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."

See what else the unusually honest actor said about the failures of his blockbuster after the jump.

81179322 He coulda stood by the box office hit, but LeBeouf would prefer to stay in touch with his audience. "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."

He even brought the other big names of the franchise, Harrison Ford as well as Spielberg, into the discussion. "We [Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn't happy with it either,” LaBeouf confessed, before admitting his comments would likely cause a breakdown in the PR machine: "I'll probably get a call. But [Spielberg] 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."

When’s the last time any actor admitted they missed the mark? The question is, does the regret register as sincere, or merely more premeditated press to promote Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps?

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