The trash talk keeps coming from "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, but so far the fallout appears to be minimal.
In the latest issue of Details, the actor receives a verbal smackdown from Harrison Ford for trashing "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," who called him a "f—ing idiot" for trashing their film.
In the same article, the unchastened LaBeouf took a potshot at Oliver Stone for playing too nice in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."
There seems to be a pattern here.
In May 2010, two years after the long-awaited "Indiana Jones" sequel hit theaters, LaBeouf opined that he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished."
He added to press members at Cannes: "You get to monkey-swinging and things like that, and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on [director] Steven [Spielberg]. 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. Simple.”
Recalled Ford to Details: "I think I told him 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."
Regarding last year's "Wall Street" sequel, LaBeouf suggested that the director was trying to play nice. "But for a movie like 'Wall Street' that had so much bite the first time around to come out without fangs and preach a message of hope wasn't what people were looking for," he opined.
While promoting that movie in Cannes, LaBeouf took time to dump all over 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
"When I saw ['Revenge of the Fallen'], I wasn't impressed with what we did," LaBeouf tsk-tsk'ed. "There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone."
At this point, it's hardly surprising when LaBeouf opens his mouth to dis his last project. Yet he continues to get hired.
Contrast that with Megan Fox's fate after likening "Transformers" director Michael Bay to Hitler, due to his alleged dictatorial management style.
The comment, according to Bay in the July 2011 issue of GQ, was enough to get Fox sacked from the series. Bay claims that, when word got back to executive producer Steven Spielberg, he told Bay, "Fire her right now."
Oddly, while discussing Fox's dismissal in the same article, LaBeouf noted, "She started s— -talking our captain. Which you can't do." (Maybe he was being ironic?)
LaBeouf has gotten into hot water in his personal life as well — the 2008 drunk-driving crash and the February 2011 bar fight in a Sherman Oaks tavern. So how does he manage to walk away unscathed from the wreckage of his own making again and again?
Perhaps the answer might be found in a study conducted by Forbes last year, which found that LaBeouf is Hollywood's most profitable actor, in terms of return on investment. For every $1 that studios spend on LaBeouf's movies, the study found, they received an average of $81 in profit.
In Hollywood — as on Wall Street — money always speaks loudest.