Actor Shia Labeouf was left disappointed by his experience of working with director Steven Spielberg.
The 30-year-old Transformers star had grown up dreaming of working with the legendary E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial director, and got his big break with Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, the fourth instalment of the adventurer franchise.
However, in an interview with Variety he shared that the experience did not live up to his expectations.
"You get there, and you realise you're not meeting the Spielberg you dream of," LaBeouf told Variety about working with Spielberg. "You're meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He's less a director than he is a... company."
It's not the first time LaBeouf has been critical of the two-time Academy Award winner, whose films Jaws, and E.T. originated the artform of the blockbuster movie.
In a 2010 interview he criticised Spielberg for "dropping the ball" on their Indiana Jones movie. He later apologised, but not before Harrison Ford called him an "idiot".
"Spielberg's sets are very different," LaBeouf continued. "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."
LaBeouf has since disavowed big-budget movies, preferring to work on independent productions.
"I don't like the movies that I made with Spielberg," he flatly stated to the news outlet. "The only movie that I liked that we made together was Transformers one." Spielberg was one of the executive producers on LaBeouf's 2007 movie Transformers.
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull earned nearly $800 million worldwide at the box office, but it was of no consolation to the actor who was wounded by the criticism of his appearance in the film.
"I prepped for a year and a half and then the movie comes out, and it's your fault. That... hurt bad," he opined.