In a bizarre turn of events, Shia LaBeouf has viciously attacked Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg in an exclusive interview. Variety reports that the troubled performer went all in on the man who chose to work with him on multiple projects and by doing so, helped to elevate LaBeouf to a status he was unaccustomed to.
Not holding back on his criticisms, the 30-year old was categorical that he was not pleasant to work under. “You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of,” said LaBeouf. “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.”
LaBeouf Slams Spielberg's Sets And Didn't Like His Advice
But it didn't stop there. Despite working under him on Disturbia, Eagle Eye, Transformers and the ill-fated sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, LaBeouf could not find a nice word to say about Spielberg.
“Spielberg’s sets are very different,” he continued. “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.”
One important piece of advice that the actor neglected to take on from the director was dismissed out of hand - letting the press say what they will about him without getting a reaction.
“There’s no way to not do that,” LaBeouf said. “For me to not read that means I need to not take part in society. The generation previous to mine didn’t have the immediate response. If you were Mark Hamill, you could lie to yourself. You could find the pockets of joy, and turn a blind eye to the s— over there.”
LaBeouf Missed Out On Suicide Squad Role
If only to make matters worse, LaBeouf went public to explain how he was passed over for Scott Eastwood in the superhero/villain blockbuster Suicide Squad.
“The character was different initially,” he said. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up.”
In a moment of honesty, he did understand why they made their decision.
“I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me,” said LaBeouf. “I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. You’re a good actor, but not this one.’ It was a big investment for them.”