Love him or hate him, the career trajectory of Shia LaBeouf is not what it once was with the actor now seemingly sticking to indie film only work. There’s a definite sense he has some serious personal issues to deal with and in a new Variety feature piece he seems to have found a way to deal with them.
That hasn’t stopped him though from criticising some of his past collaborators including Steven Spielberg with whom he worked on several movies with Spielberg in a producer capacity, and under his direction on “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. LaBeouf reveals that he really didn’t enjoy making those movies and went on to explain why:
“I grew up with this idea, if you got to Spielberg, that’s where it is. I’m not talking about fame, and I’m not talking about money. You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of. You’re meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He’s less a director than he is a f–king company. Spielberg’s sets are very different. Everything has been so meticulously planned. You got to get this line out in 37 seconds. You do that for five years, you start to feel like not knowing what you’re doing for a living… I don’t like the movies that I made with Spielberg. The only movie that I liked that we made together was [the first] Transformers.”
LaBeouf is now more focused on lower budgeted projects and has garnered rave reviews for his work in Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” which opens later this year.