Shia LaBeouf Says Steven Spielberg is “Less a Director” Than He is a Company

By September 7, 2016

Shia LaBeouf has been vocal about his disappointment working with director Steven Spielberg for years now, not only on their collaboration together on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but also on the films that LaBeouf’s starred in, produced by Spielberg. However, it looks as though the actor had a chance to go further into his detail about just how disappointed with the iconic filmmaker that he was.

During his Variety profile, in which the actor also revealed that he came close to starring in this year’s Suicide Squad as well, the topic once again went back to Spielberg in his career. LaBeouf talked about the director briefly, saying the following:

“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 f–king company.”

He continued:

“Spielberg’s sets are very different. Everything has been so meticulously planned. You got to get this line out in 37 seconds. You do that for five years, you start to feel like not knowing what you’re doing for a living. I don’t like the movies that I made with Spielberg. The only movie that I liked that we made together was ‘Transformers’ one.”

Well, at the very least, it doesn’t look like LaBeouf is very far off with his quality marker here, since the first Transformers film is the only one that still holds some critical merit, though going back to watch it now is more like realizing too late that all the signs of bad things to come were there all along.

With that being said, LaBeouf is very much in the minority here, with actors every day clamoring to work with Spielberg in a film, and the director every day being praised for his work both on and off the set. Hell, even Tom Hiddleston talked about working with the filmmaker briefly on War Horse, while Academy Award-winner Mark Rylance doesn’t seem to be interested in ever not working with the filmmaker after Bridge of Spies and The BFG. Then again, it doesn’t seem like LaBeouf is an actor that can work well with many though, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise either.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable