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Shia Talks About Injuries & Getting on with the Show
14/04/09, 10:37am EST

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 it.

EW:Was your hand out the window of the vehicle when it got injured?
Shia: Yeah.

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 third surgery?
Shia: I imagine like two months and I'll be back on my feet.

EW: How much usage will you get back of your left hand?
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 procedure?
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.

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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


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