A little time on Wall Street and a power suit has given Shia LaBeouf the nerve to say exactly what’s on his mind. First he shared he was “unimpressed” with his own film Transformers 2 and now he’s saying he “dropped the ball” with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Shia isn’t shy to share his opinion on his recent films and felt his time in Cannes, promoting his newest flick Wall Street: Money Never Sleep, was the perfect time to sound off!
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” LaBeouf told the LA Times.
“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,” Shia confessed. “So that’s my fault. Simple.”
“I think the audience is pretty intelligent,” he added. “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.”
But, Shia said he wasn’t the only one who felt that way about the film.
“We [Harrison Ford and Shia] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either,” Shia said. “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,” he explained. “I think we just misinterpreted what we were trying to satiate.”
As for what his director Steven Spielberg will think of Shia’s statements about his film, he doesn’t feel he’s “out of line.”
“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,” Shia explained. “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,” he added. “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.”
After feeling like a failure in the Indiana Jones film, Shia said it was even more important he succeed on Wall Street.
“If I was going to do it twice, my career was over,” he explained. “So this was fight-or-flight for me.”
And it sounds like he’s learned a lot from his role, including what he thinks is wrong with our financial system.
“You can make the marketplace more transparent. If people had known who was paying for the mortgages instead of having to rely on Moody’s triple-A (bull) rating — transparency would have helped,” he begins his rant. “The triple A rating thing is ridiculous. That’s like Oliver [Stone] paying you for a review. The people who were bundling this toxic crap were paying Moody’s for the review of their crap. That’s ridiculous. You can’t have bank holding companies acting as hedge funds. You can’t have them taking a million-dollar pension plan for Joe Schmo the bus driver and treat it with the same risk appetite that you treat George Soros’ pocket money. It’s fundamentally ridiculous. And it hasn’t gotten better very recently, actually. They went from bundling mortgages that were crap to bundling life insurance policies and betting on people’s deaths. And you can’t blame it all on the Street…. People’s mentality needs to change. If the Greece contagion thing takes off and it goes from Spain to Ireland to Portugal things are going to change drastically for the world. Soup kitchens, it won’t be that type of change. You won’t get a depression that way. But it’ll be very difficult. I think, my generation, it’s hard to have hope when you got a $700-trillion derivatives debt to pay and a bubble about to explode and $500 trillion worth of GDP. You took all the money in the world and put it in a pot, you’re $200 trillion short. It’s scary, man. You know the average person born today owes $8,000? The average person getting out of college owes $75,000 with no job. I mean it’s scary. My generation, it’s a scary situation.”
While he certainly has a lengthy opinion on that subject it still leaves us to wonder how Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will fair especially after it’s been held up making it to theaters.
Wonder what Shia will be saying about the film after it’s finally released!
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