Shia LaBeouf has spoken of his deep regret at comments he made about Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones movie 'The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull', which briefly ruptured his relationship with the acclaimed director. In a revealing interview with the Hollywood Reporter, LaBeouf also said he was "done" with big budget blockbusters.
Following the release of 'Indiana Jones', LaBeouf said he was disappointed with the revival and suggested he had "dropped the ball" on the legacy of the franchise. He also hinted it was partly Spielberg's fault that the film didn't live up to expectations. In his latest interview, the actor said he regretted the remarks but has since spoken with Spielberg, saying, "He told me there's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars.It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei". Nevertheless, Shia says he is walking away from the Hollywood system that made his name, and will now devote his career to indie films. He will soon begin work on Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' and explained, "There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he's f--ed. There's no way for him to exist in that world". A couple of his forthcoming projects were financed by the Los Angeles based Voltage Pictures, which Shia has endless praise for, saying, "These dudes are a miracle.They give you the money, and they trust you - [unlike the studios, which] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months".
As for why he chose to work with controversial auteur Von Trier - who will release two versions of Nymphomaniac (one more sexually explicit) - LaBeouf said, "Because he's dangerous. He scares me. And I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified".