Bizarre Reason Shia LaBeouf Hated Working with Steven Spielberg After Years of Idolizing the Director
Sometimes, your idols just aren’t the way you’ve always imagined them, and it can be a huge disappointment — like for Shia LaBeouf, who was a huge Spielberg fan.
Getting to meet your idol is a unique experience that many fans wish they could have, but while it turns out sensational for some, others may get disappointed. In real life, the people we adore might be very different from the image we have in our heads…and honestly, some celebrities just should be admired from a distance.
Steven Spielberg is, undoubtedly, one of the most acclaimed and respected movie directors of all time. Most actors would give up any big-time salary just to work with him and for a good reason. Shia LaBeouf used to be a huge fan of the director’s works, so as soon as he got a chance, he jumped right on the Spielberg train.
It was during the filming of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that LaBeouf finally got to work together with the legendary director who he’d been idolizing for years. Even though the movie turned out brilliant, for Shia LaBeouf, this experience was a personal tragedy of sorts: he lost his icon.
In reality, the director was quite different from the image Shia had in his head throughout the years — and, as always, he didn’t shy away from sharing his disappointment.
“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*cking company,” shared frustrated LaBeouf.
Work-wise, the actor wasn’t happy with the director’s methods, either. For instance, he called Steven Spielberg out for being obsessed with controlling every detail.
“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,” explained Shia.
As unfortunate as it is, Shia LaBeouf fell for the same trap many fans fall for: believing that the image in their heads accurately represents the actual living person. When it comes to Steven Spielberg’s methods, though, we feel that this meticulous approach is partly the reason for the director’s greatness.
It’s pretty weird to blame an acclaimed professional for his attention to detail, isn’t it?