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…