Shia LaBeouf is an angry guy. At least that’s the impression you might get any time you see him do an interview. Now he’s had some controversies lately, but he’s been quietly putting together a series of acting performances that put in the rearview any images of him coking out at Broadway performances, or plagiarizing graphic novels. Well, let it never be said that LeBeouf can’t shoot himself in the foot. And then stick that foot in his mouth. The Beef’s latest interview has him throwing shade on filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg. You know, the guy whom he owes an easy transition from Disney Channel star to movie career.
While talking to Variety for a new cover story, LaBeouf launched on Spielberg, and the tone the director establishes on set. “You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of,” he said. “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—ing company.”
Example? “Spielberg’s sets are very different,” LaBeouf explained. “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.”
Hm. That sounds like a bit of an exaggeration. Spielberg is well-known for running a tight ship, of course, but he’s recognized for his rigorous planning and his ability to get what he needs in a scene quickly and then move on, which likely comes from experience and a record that’s without equal in Hollywood. And Spielberg is also known as a director that knows how to work well with actors. It’s doubtful that he’d be on set with a stop watch making sure that actors get a line of dialogue out in an allotted amount of time, that’s just silly.
Now you might think that it’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that LaBeouf is speaking about, but you’d be wrong. While his anger might be understandable about that one, he did take the brunt of criticism after all, he actually regrets the whole Spielberg experience. “I don’t like the movies that I made with Spielberg” he said of Disturbia, Eagle Eye, and, of course, Transformers. “The only movie that I liked that we made together was Transformers one.”
Well, perhaps LaBeouf can take comfort in the fact that he’s still a working actor, and thought of in high regard on that account despite his capacity to open his mouth and let his belly rumble, as they say. However, he’s unlikely to get any comfort from being the only guy in Hollywood that doesn’t want to work with Steven Spielberg.