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Shia LaBeouf has never been shy about telling the press exactly how he feels about his films. So it's no surprise that the Transformers star is now announcing he's done starring in big-budget blockbusters.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor not only claims he will no longer make mainstream popcorn flicks, but he also slams the entire Hollywood studio system.
"There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist," LaBeouf said. "[The studios] give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months."
The 26-year-old actor is known for blasting his own work and even endangering his relationship with powerful directors such as Michael Bay, and more startlingly, Steven Spielberg.
Two years after starring opposite Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, LaBeouf said he felt Spielberg's new Indiana Jones installment had ruined the beloved franchise.
"I love Steven," LaBeouf said in 2010. "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. [...] But when you drop the ball you drop the ball."
Apparently, LaBeouf, who's currently promoting his indie western Lawless, was out of line because the negative comments ruptured his relationship with the legendary director.
"He told me there's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars," LaBeouf recalls. "It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei."
In addition to Lawless -- which he also produced -- LaBeouf is set to star in in the indie projects The Company You Keep with Robert Redford and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman with Evan Rachel Wood and Rupert Grint.
LaBeouf even signed up for Lars von Trier's latest sexually explicit production, The Nymphomaniac, opposite Nicole Kidman.
As to why he took the job with the controversial filmmaker, LaBeouf explained: "Because he's dangerous. He scares me. And I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified."