Shia LaBeouf (‘I, Robot’,’Constantine’) has been acting for years before his breakout role in ‘Holes’ though it would be hard to argue that he was a household name prior to the release of ‘Transformers‘. That is why it is interesting to see that he feels the movies in the franchise are completely “irrelevant.” I’m sure many of us would agree with that statement, but it is rare a star so frequently looks down on their own work, especially when they were part of something like ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.’
While Michael Bay put LaBeouf as the face of humanity in his first three movies about Robots in Disguise as Sam Witwicky, there seems to be no love left between the actor and the franchise.
In an interview with Esquire Magazine, the actor boiled it down to the plots and action of the Autobots:
“My hang-up with those films was that they felt irrelevant. They felt dated as f*ck… You come up on these stories about Easy Rider and Raging Bull and De Niro and Scorsese and Hopper, and you find value in what they do. Meanwhile, you’re chasing Energon crystals. It’s very hard to keep doing what you’re doing when you feel like it’s the antithesis of your purpose on this planet.”
He does seem to understand that he shouldn’t insult those who gave him a few big breaks and added:
“Michael [Bay] and Steven [Spielberg] did a lot for me. I’m not going to pooh-pooh those dudes anymore.”
It’s obvious that his time spent on these sets weren’t the favorite moments of his career.
Do you agree that all of these movies are “irrelevant”? If you were involved in their production like Bay and Spielberg would you take these as an insult to the time spent working with the actor? Share your thoughts below!