Shia LaBeouf Backtracks on Steven Spielberg Criticism

Shia Labeouf

Shia LaBeouf has been kinda hard to figure out these past few years. He's become something of a viral oddity with his weird performance art pieces and walking around with a paper bag on his head. One thing that brought him a lot of criticism though was when he slammed Steven Spielberg earlier this year, apparently having not liked his experience working with the celebrated filmmaker. Now LaBeouf seems to be regretting those words and has issued a sort of apology.

I fucked up sometimes, you know. I probably could've gone lighter on Spielberg, that was probably something I should've backed off of. But my feelings are real. The dude gave me a lot of opportunities, though, and that's on me.

Shia LaBeouf recently appeared on the SiriusXM Sway in the Morning radio show (via Entertainment Weekly) where he expressed his regret for what he said about Steven Spielberg. He admits that kinder words could have been used, even though his feelings about his experience were genuine. Seeing as how LaBeouf is a 30-year-old adult by this point, being civil is typically the way to go. Being in Spielberg movies probably opens quite a few doors for you, so LaBeouf gets that he maybe should have considered his words more wisely.

In case anyone doesn't remember, Shia LaBeouf had some choice words about working with Spielberg during an interview with Variety. He lambasted the director for lacking artistic integrity and his whole experience working on set in general. This is what he said:

You get there, and you realize you're not meeting the Spielberg you dream of. You're meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He's less a director than he is a fucking company.

Look, Indiana Jones: Kindom of the Crystal Skull wasn't fun for anybody, so I can understand LaBeouf having a bad time. They say you shouldn't meet your heroes, so one can understand the disappointment when the director of Jaws and Jurassic Park doesn't quite match the image you've built in your mind. Still, LaBoeuf's gotta LaBeouf and he opened his mouth, but at least he seems to regret his words.

Shia LaBeouf and Steven Spielberg have worked together on a number of films. Aside from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the two have worked on Disturbia, Transformers, and Eagle Eye. LaBeouf has also heavily criticized the Transformers franchise -- which gave him a big career boost -- and its director Michael Bay. He similarly slammed Bay for not caring about the material, but when you've got a robot called Bumblebee openly peeing motor oil on some dude, caring was probably thrown out the window a long time ago.

Shia Labeouf was most recently seen in the film American Honey, which he may or may not have liked filming.

Matt Wood

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