Shia LaBeouf has blasted his film ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ for “dropping the ball”.
The actor felt the film – the fourth instalment in the adventures of the titular archaeologist, directed by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg and also starring Harrison Ford – didn’t live up to the legacy of the previous movies.
Despite the film’s huge box office success – it took over £500m (€580m) )- Shia was worried his current project ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’, the sequel to ‘Wall Street’, could suffer the same critical mauling.
He told The Sun newspaper: “I had already been involved in a movie where I felt we had dropped the ball on a legacy, and I was part of it.
“And then you jump into a situation with heavier hitters, just a stronger legacy. You drop the ball twice and it's over for you.
"In ‘Indiana Jones…’ I felt sort of pigeon-holed. I didn't have enough meat to chew on, and I was put there for reasons.
"It was like we were trying to enforce innocence on an audience that was not willing. You cannot enforce this.”
Shia is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors, but he is determined not to get complacent in his film choices and performances like some other stars.
He added: "I am not where I want to be at. And I hope I will never go to the (Robert) De Niro stage where I've gotten there and I am comfortable. Because that's the death of an actor."