Forget the big screen dangers that Mutt Williams had to face when
he set out to find the Crystal Skull with his dad, Indiana
Jones, the man behind the comb and sword had to go through far worse.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the intrepid young star talks about his car accident
that severely damaged his left hand, how his surgeries and recuperation
has been going, and how a call from his Indy 4 co-star
got him back in front of the cameras for this summer's sure-fire
box office, blockbuster: Transformers 2.
Entertainment Weekly: What's been going on with
your hand since the first surgery?
Shia LaBeouf: I've had screws and plates put
in. They put a screw in one of my knuckles. And they shaved a
piece of bone off my hip and made a [bone for my] finger out of
EW:Was your hand out the window of the vehicle
when it got injured?
EW: How is the hand now?
Shia: I'm on my third surgery. That's coming
up in a week or two [from April 2]. My middle finger is still
crooked as a f---ing noodle, so they've gotta straighten it out
and put a screw in it.
EW: How long will it take to recover from this
Shia: I imagine like two months and I'll be back
on my feet.
EW: How much usage will you get back of your
Shia: Probably about 80-something percent. I'll
be able to make a fist again. There's a knuckle I'll never be
able to move again, but that's probably the only permanent damage,
other than the scarring.
EW: What do you remember of the initial surgical
Shia: The first voice I heard when I came out
of surgery was Harrison's. Harrison [Ford] called me on the phone
and said, "Hey, are you okay?" I said, "Yeah, I'm
good." He said, "Well, then you need to get back to
work." I said, "Are you serious?" He said, "That's
the way this cookie crumbles." So I went back to work. The
show doesn't stop for anybody.
EW: And of course Harrison, your costar in Indiana
Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, shot most of the second
Indy movie with a seriously screwed-up back. How soon did you
go back to work?
Shia: I was only down for two weeks. The average
bone healing time is six months.
You can read the full article at EW.com.
Here's wishing Shia a speedy recovery after his most recent surgery
on his left hand and good health and luck with all his future film
projects, one of which I hope is Indy 5!
Posted by Mitchell Hallock