Shia LaBeouf not afraid to tell Spielberg that Indy 4 stunk

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Our respect for Shia LaBeouf as an actor just went up a huge notch now that we know he didn't like Indy 4 either. In an interview with reporters at Cannes, he came clean for his part in turning Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull into a turkey.

"I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished," LaBeouf said, admitting he couldn't pull off his action-hero role. "You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. 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."

You know who else agreed with LaBeouf that Indy 4 didn't live up to its promise? His co-star, Harrison Ford.

"We had major discussions," LaBeouf added. "He wasn't happy with it either. ... There was a reason it wasn't universally accepted."

As for what Spielberg might think when he hears what LaBeouf had to say about a film that earned $787 million worldwide, the actor clearly felt that honesty had to come first.

"I'll probably get a call," said LaBeouf. "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. 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."

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