Probably better, yeah but still not right I dont think, that guy has too much of a jock thing going on (which is fine for a young James Kirk). The closest I can think of to be honest is a young Sean Patrick Flannery but I cant really think of many actors like him around at the moment. Maybe Sam Worthington, though he might have been a few years too old. But he's certainly got the right look for a son of Indy/Harrison: http://liveforfilms.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/sam.jpg
I don't think that Shia was miscast in the role, I just think that the role itself wasn't particularly well written or executed from a story and characterisation sense. I didn't think any of the scenes with Indy mutt and Marion worked particularly well, I enjoyed the relationship between Indy and his dad in LC, yet the relationships on KOTCS were a weak point.
There's something about having an established hero and then having a kid / son to tag along with them that really weakens a movie for me. I can't think of an instance where it works well (LC doesn't count either)!
In the case of KOTCS, for me anyway, I wanted to see an Indy movie where Indy was the main source of action and interest. Not to see some kid made out to be the hero in a lot of scenes. He didn't work for me, it was just another character to clutter the screen at the end with 5 heroes all on the quest in the last hour or so.
Q. You’ve rapidly become something of a shooting star?
Shia LaBeouf: I’m just an actor for hire, man.
Q. Is it difficult to process how fast you’ve risen in terms of the Hollywood A-list?
Shia LaBeouf: Oh yeah, I’m the president of the lucky club. There are so many talented people who don’t work. And the crop of young actors I’m surrounded by is incredible. You look at Jamie Bell, he’s an ace; the dude is incredible. You watch him in Billy Elliot and it’s like: “F***, I can’t keep…” When you have people like that around you it amps you up a little bit. Also, Emile Hirsch and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or guys like Ryan Gosling. It’s a really good crowd and I feel I’m coming up at a good time. But equally, there’s a lot of good young actors who don’t get to work who are more talented than I. I’m just lucky.
Translation: Bloody lucky, considering the better talent around.
Q. You have been described as the “face of new Hollywood” and are now working with the likes of Steven Spielberg. Is that something you now have to take on board when approaching projects?
Shia LaBeouf: No, that’s too much weight, that’s crazy thinking. I haven’t accepted any of this yet. It all seems like the craziest thing in the world. I’m a kid from Echo Park and I shouldn’t be working with Steven [Spielberg]. I mean it’s wild when Steven becomes Steven. And “hey Harrison [Ford]”. That’s crazy to me as well. My dad didn’t give a **** about movies, ever. He doesn’t care about any of this stuff, which helps to maintain normality. But then when I tell him something like: “We were training today and Harrison pulled out the whip and started doing whip training… [for Indiana Jones IV]” My dad went nuts because Harrison is a modern day Steve McQueen. So that makes my dad proud of all of this and it’s a great feeling.
Translation: No, he shouldn't be working with Steven.
Q. And now you’re a leading man in films like Transformers?
Shia LaBeouf: It’s just another gig. There’s a lot of pressure but I can’t think of it that way otherwise it’d be too much for me to deal with. There’s a lot of weight, a lot of pressure, you don’t want to be Jar Jar Binks, you know…
Translation: No, he saved that honour for KOTCS.
Q. What made you decide to become an actor?
Shia LaBeouf: I didn’t get into this for the craft of it. I got into it because it was available and I was broke. We were living in Echo Park and this was a means to an end. This was a way to support my family. I got a show called Even Stevens and I was getting paid and living in a motel. I didn’t know about the craft until I met Jon Voight and he changed my whole life. Had I not met him I wouldn’t be doing this still. He introduced me to the magic of what this is and books I’d never have read, or movies such as Blackboard Jungle. Voight changed my life and he doesn’t even think much of it. But he changed my whole outlook on the responsibility of an actor, the difference between personality and performance, what you have for sale, what’s for sale, what to say and how much mystery to maintain, how do deal with this type of stuff. I’d never thought about it before.
Translation: If Jon Voigt had simply given him some money, Shia may never have defiled the 'craft'.
Q. So in that sense you’re self taught?
Shia LaBeouf: That’s what I’m saying. I shouldn’t be here.
Translation: The honest answer.
Q. Where do you see yourself in 30 years?
Shia LaBeouf: Train conductor [laughs], bag man at the grocery store… that’s the stuff I dream about. I don’t go to bed at night and dream about these fantastic things that normal people dream about… I dream about real, normal **** such as fixing motorcycles because it’s just not accessible at this point. That’s stuff I can’t have, so that’s the stuff I dream about.
Pretty self effacing...and to reiterate he admitted failure BEFORE Spielberg begrudgingly grew a pair.
Love him or hate him, (or anywhere inbetween), Shia put his trust in the Spielberg Lucas machine...
...unfortunately they think they can go green and turn a classic muscle car into a hybrid.
He almost blamed Steven outright as well.
Shia, May 2011: I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished. I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I'm not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. But when you drop the ball, you drop the ball. You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven. But the actor's job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn't do it. So that's my fault.
Some time after that Harrison supposedly told Details:
I think 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.
My interpretation of that would be that Shia was out of his depth. His talents couldn't rise above the script. Though he wasn't alone in failing to come to terms with the mess of KOTCS, because Ray Winstone and John Hurt didn't look comfortable or fully committed.
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Originally Posted by Darth Vile
Marlon Brando in The Wild One was more an influence on the aesthetic/look and not the personality of Mutt per se. I think the point was that Mutt was pretending to be much tougher than he actually was. It wasn't until he was "in the field" that he realised the "old professor" he was travelling with was much more experienced and tougher than he was... "You're a teacher?"...
Quoted for truth. I think this is an angle some people aren't seeing.