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omg: Shia LaBeouf takes the blame for sucky movies

Not all sucky movies, of course. And not even all the blame for the sucky movies he’s been involved with. But since when do Hollywood types ever admit to screwing up?

The L.A. Times blog 24 Frames quotes the actor from a press conference at Cannes, discussing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (which I actually don’t think is all that sucky):

I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished… 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… I think the audience is pretty intelligent…. And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie.

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.

Of course, LaBeouf is at Cannes to promote his new movie, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I wonder if LaBeouf got a call from Stone after this…

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  • Magess

    Did you see the rest of it where he was over the moon about the next Transformers? Dang, Shia, lay off the energon cubes.

    It was, actually, really interesting to see him take the blame for Crystal Skull, but really? I don’t think it’s actually his fault. The things that sucked about that movie weren’t actor-ability deep, they were writing deep. He’s easy to blame, but I really think he’s taking too much on himself on this one.

  • JoshDM

    That movie minted the phrase, “Nuking the fridge” which is film-based equivalent to “Jumping the shark”.

    Shia was not in any of those scenes. He should not take the blame for that; it’s the writers.

  • I wouldn’t say that it was unusual for Hollywood types to admit to screwing up; they just tend to wait till all those they have worked with have passed on and are publishing their memoirs to cash in on their past glories.

    As for Shia admitting to a couple of movies sucking, well I don’t know whether he believes it or is just echoing the popular public opinion of them so he comes across as being in touch with movie goers.

  • Knightgee

    Why exactly is he acting as if it’s his fault anyway? Shia was the last thing wrong with all those movies. They had other, far more massive problems, the Transformers franchise especially. He just seems like the easy and popular target for what was ultimately a failure on the part of the writers and director. It’s not as if any of those movies would have suddenly been bearable had he not been in them.

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