Jemal Countess/ Getty Images
Shia LaBeouf 'Done' with Big Budget Films
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
August 15, 2012
After starring in such huge franchise films like Transformers and Indiana Jones, Shia LaBeouf says he is "done" with the Hollywood studio system.
"I'm done," Shia tells The Hollywood Reporter in his usual unfiltered way. "There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist."
Shia gets even more candid when talking about working with L.A.-based Voltage Pictures for his most recent films, Lawless and The Company You Keep, as opposed to huge studios.
"These dudes are a miracle," he says. "They give you the money, and they trust you -- [unlike the studios, which] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months."
Though Shia has obviously not learned to cool it on the interview front, he does admit to "deeply regretting" his negative comments reagarding Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at the 2010 Cannes Festival (in which he basically admitted to botching the beloved franchise), revealing that the harsh comments ruptured his relationship with Steven Spielberg.
"He told me there's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars," he recalls. "It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei."
Nowadays, Shia is only interested in indie fare (see his bizarre Sigur Ros music video where he goes full-frontal), and is only interested in work that "scares" him.
When asked why he chose to star in Lars von Trier's said-to-be sexually explicit Nymphomaniac, he has this to say: "Because he's dangerous. He scares me. And I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified."