While promoting his upcoming film Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps at the Cannes film festival, Shia LaBeouf admitted to the LATimes that he felt like he “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.”
Though he did take a good part of the blame for the disaster:
“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]. 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.”
Okay, good to know. But was that a quick jab at Spielberg? LaBeouf doesn’t think so:
“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.”
Now we just need him to admit that Transformers dropped the ball and we’ll be even Steven.