Shia LeBeouf rips the big-budget blockbuster movie system a new one in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, lambasting studios that "stick a finger up your [posterior]."
The 26-year-old actor is on the verge of releasing the indie flick "Lawless" on Labor Day, just as "The Company You Keep," directed by Robert Redford, will land at the Venice Film Festival. LeBeouf also wrapped up work on "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," which was funded by indie film house Voltage Pictures.
"These dudes are a miracle," he said. "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 you're a-- and chase you around for five months."
LeBeouf has successfully upset the establishment in the past, scorning his own turn in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and Steven Spielberg. The actor now regrets the comments.
"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 said. "It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei."
But don't expect the star to ever star in another summer popcorn movie.
"I'm done," he said. "There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give [acclaimed director] Terrence Malick a movie like 'Transformers,' and he's f--ed. There's no way for him to exist in that world."