I was among the millions who paid to see Indiana Jones 4 based on my love for the character and his previous films, only to be disappointed by the movie and downright appalled by that ridiculous ending. It was really a shame that the movie was so bad because with Spielberg in the director’s seat and the impressive cast it had roped in, they could have made something really special. It almost felt like a betrayal really, when Harrison Ford, Shia LaBoeuf, Cate Blanchett and other members of the crew came out to tell us what a brilliant picture it was. But now LaBoeuf has come out with the truth and it’s pretty surprising all things considered.
Here’s the word from Geek Tyrant‘s Venkman…
I think I have a new found respect for Shia Labeouf. As you know Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a let down for most Indiana Jones fans. But, you might be surprised to know that LeBeouf who played Mutt in the movie didn’t really care for it all that much either.
During a press conference at the Cannes film festival while promoting Wall: Street: Money Never Sleeps, he let what he really thinks about Indiana Jones 4 fly, without holding anything back, he criticizes the movie, himself and the filmmakers. I gotta say, I’m pretty surprised by some of his comments but I agree 100% with him. And he starts off with…
I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished…If I was going to do it twice, my career was over. So this was fight-or-flight for me.
He then addressed the audience that helped contribute to the movies $780 million dollar box-office take and explains that he was not happy with the film.
I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made (slop). And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie…We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted….We need to be able to satiate the appetite. I think we just misinterpreted what we were trying to satiate.
LaBeouf then criticizes himself even further bringing up the monkey swinging saying,
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 understand a lot of people including myself didn’t care for this Mutt character in the film. But the movie didn’t suck because of Mutt, it was just an all-around incredibly sloppy film. The ball was dropped all over the place, from the writing to the special effects, and the outcome was just a really weak and disappointing film.
So what would Spielberg think of what LaBeouf is saying about his film? He didn’t seem to care, and he held his ground and opinion saying,
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.
Boom. So there ya have it. How honest can ya get? It’s nice to see actors own up to their mistakes, and for LaBeouf to tell it how it is, has given me a new found respect for him.
Now, over at CmdStore.com we’ve got a couple of Indiana Jones figures and toys, from all four movies. Hopefully, if you’re looking for something to reignite your love of the franchise, some Sideshow figures or LEGO sets can help more than the inevitable fifth flick.