Shia LaBeouf was once one of showbiz's biggest rising stars, achieving blockbuster success at a very early age with the Transformers franchise, which was shepherded by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The filmmaker served as either a director or producer on several of the actor's films outside of the Transformers franchise as well, but the actor revealed in a new interview that working for the big-screen legend wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. In fact, he hated every movie that he worked with Steven Spielberg on, except one.
The actor recently spoke with Variety in a wide-ranging interview, where he admitted that he was considered "too crazy" to star in Suicide Squad, even after previously working with David Ayer on Fury. The interview also includes the actor's insight on how he thought working with Steven Spielberg would represent the pinnacle of his career, although it was not quite what he expected. Here's what the actor had to say below, revealing the one movie he made with Spielberg that he liked.
"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 Transformers one."
During the actor's #AllMyMovies art project, where he live-streamed video of himself watching every one of his movies, he left the theater entirely during the Transformers sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He also spoke out about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which Spielberg directed, stating it "hurt bad" that he was "blamed" for the movie. There had been rumors that he may return to either the Transformers or Indiana Jones franchise, but that most likely won't be happening anytime soon. Steven Spielberg also produced Disturbia and Eagle Eye that Shia LaBeouf starred in.
The actor has been no stranger to controversy, with a bizarre string of behavior over the past few years that started when he was caught plagiarizing the Daniel Clowes comic book Justin M. Damiano with his short film entitled Howard Cantour. He revealed in this interview that Fury director David Ayer helped encourage him to reinvent his public persona, which included tweeting out plagiarized apologies from other celebrities. He met his partners Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner shortly after Fury, which lead to a number of innovative performance art stunts including one where he rode up and down in an elevator with fans for a whole day, and his latest project dubbed #TakeMeAnywhere, where he hitchhiked across America with fans picking up the actor and taking him anywhere they wanted. You can visit Variety for the full piece on Shia LaBeouf that sheds new light on his latest film American Honey, debuting September 30, and much more.