Yesterday morning I was greeted with this rather remarkable piece from the Los Angeles Times. I recommend a read, but briefly: at a press conference to promote Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which has been garnering mixed reviews, co-star Shia La Beouf went nuclear on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, saying that he regrets the project and his performance in it:
You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on [Spielberg]. 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.
But his harsh words weren't directed only at his own work. He said that the movie didn't fool intelligent fans of the series, that Harrison Ford wasn't happy with it either, and that Spielberg needs to know that "when you drop the ball, you drop the ball."

LaBeouf is obviously entitled to his opinion of his own films. And I suppose the candor is refreshing -- though his reference to people trusting him when he promotes a movie suggests that the kamikaze attack on Crystal Skull may be at least partly self-serving. ("I know you think Indy 4 sucked, and I agree, but believe me on Wall Street, won't you?") But given how rarely stars badmouth their own work in public, LaBeouf's tone could fool one into thinking that he's talking about a universally acknowledged disaster on the scale of Battlefield Earth.
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