Remember last year when Shia spoke out of school at the Cannes Film Festival about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, telling the Los Angeles Times, “I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished.” ? Well, Harrison Ford didn’t forget. He never forgets. Or at least that’s what I’d like to imagine. He has finally responded to that little nugget, speaking with Details Magazine about it. Here’s what Indy himself said:
“I think I told him he was a f***ing idiot. … As an actor, I think it’s my obligation to support the film without making a complete ass of myself. Shia is ambitious, attentive, and talented — and he’s learning how to deal with a situation which is very unique and difficult.”
I liked Indy 4, and even though it left me feeling cold and doesn’t hold up well at all to repeat viewings, I can be very forgiving with it. Except the whole fridge bit. I’ve hated that since the moment I saw it. As for the criticism, it’s my personal opinion that the old guard in which everyone keeps their mouth shut and doesn’t shit where they eat is something that should be respected and upheld, and in this case Harrison Ford is right. And in many ways it speaks about just how little respect some actors have for productions they’re in. It gives even more credence to the fact that a lot of actors just take jobs for the money or become obsessed with their own fame.
That being said, it’s not like what LaBeouf said wasn’t what tons of people were thinking. He just had the balls to come out and say it. But really, does anyone feel like this kid has the kind of clout that gives you the balls to say that? If Ford was the one who said it, no one would say a thing to him.