Cast your mind back around a year and you might recall that Shia LaBeouf, an actor who has retrospectively criticised his film work before, had a few things to say about Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. They weren’t particularly positive things, which in itself isn’t a surprise to most of us who saw the film. But from someone involved in it, and so soon afterwards? That was what raised eyebrows.
What he actually said was. “I feel that I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished.” He went on to say nice and respectful things about Steven Spielberg, before adding, “But when you drop the ball, you drop the ball. You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven. 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.”
It was hardly a savaging, granted, but it was certainly a stepping away from the party line.
At the time, at least in public, Harrison Ford remained mum on the matter. But he’s finally spoken about it to Details, and he’s not mightily impressed. Never striking us as one to suffer fools gladly, Ford said of his co-star, “I think he was a fucking idiot.”
He continued, saying, “As an actor, I think it’s my obligation to support the film without making a complete ass of myself. Shia is ambitious, attentive, and talented – and he’s learning how to deal with a situation which is very unique and difficult.”
It should all end up making the filming of the inevitable Indiana Jones 5 that bit more interesting, if nothing else…