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Shia LeBeouf Says He Wasn't Happy With "Indiana Jones" Sequel

May 17, 2010 Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg

Just days after telling reporters that he "wasn't impressed" with the last "Transformers" sequel, Shia LeBeouf is now saying he wasn't happy with the latest sequel to "Indiana Jones" in which he starred, saying he and director Steven Spielberg "dropped the ball."

At the Cannes Film Festival to promote another franchise the 23-year-old actor is walking into, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." In 2008, LaBeouf was at Cannes promoting "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which went on to earn $787 million at the worldwide box office.

But LaBeouf was candid about what he felt were the problems with the movie, which he says co-star Harrison Ford wasn't happy about either."I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished," LaBeouf said, which he says inspired his performance opposite Michael Douglas in the upcoming "Wall Street" sequel. "If I was going to do it twice, my career was over. So this was fight-or-flight for me."

"You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven," he said. "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."

But LaBeouf admits the reason why the fourth "Indiana Jones" movie was pretty much panned wasn't only because of his performance. "I'll probably get a call. But 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," he said. "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."

Just days after slamming "Transformers," let's hope LaBeouf won't have to return to Cannes to talk about what was wrong with his turn in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." But he says that's the exact reason why he's being so open about it.

"I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you've madeā€¦," he said."And I think if you don't acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you're promoting a movie."

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