Shia LaBeouf regrets Spielberg dig, quits blockbusters

News Simon Brew 20 Aug 2012 - 07:13
Shia LaBeouf cutting a dash, a safe 25 years before the creation of The Village People.

On the eve of Lawless, Shia LaBeouf expresses regrets over his Crystal Skulls comments, and reveals that he's done with the Hollywood studio system...

While he's hardly likely to commandeer awards attention for it, Shia LaBeouf's performance in the upcoming Lawless is nonetheless likely to be a surprise to those who'd written him off based on his work in the Transformers movies, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. And Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

In an interview ahead of the release of Lawless, a movie that apparently LaBeouf was pivotal in getting made, he's first of all revealed that he "regrets" the comments he made in the aftermath of Crystal Skull. The actor said back in 2010 that "there was a reason it wasn't universally accepted", amongst other things, and as a consequence of that, his relationship with director Steven Spielberg was, inevitably, damaged.

Harrison Ford was critical of LaBeouf in the aftermath of his comments, but now we hear that Spielberg apparently added that "there's a time to be a human and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars". LaBeouf's thoughts on all of this? "It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei".

In the same interview, Shia LaBeouf says that he's "done" with the Hollywood studio system. Instead, it's indie films for the foreseeable future. His next project will be Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, which will be released with two cuts, one of which will be far more sexually explicit.

Meanwhile, if Indiana Jones 5 ever happens, it looks like Shia LaBeouf is less likely to be involved...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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