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Shia LaBeouf is more popular than ever. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is out in theaters, and LaBeouf remains the lead role in the newest movie of the Transformers saga.
Shia Saide LaBeouf (pronounced /ˈʃaɪ.ə ləˈbʌf/ shy-ə lə-buff; born June 11, 1986) is an American actor who became known among younger audiences for his part in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens and made his film debut in Holes (2003). In 2007, he starred as the leads in Disturbia and Transformers. His other films include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). In 2004, he made his directorial debut with “Lets Love Hate” and later shot a music video for “I Never Knew You” by rapper Cage.
LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Shayna (née Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. His mother is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer. His father is a Vietnam War veteran who had numerous jobs. LaBeouf’s mother is Jewish and his father is a Cajun. LaBeouf was raised in his mother’s Jewish religion and had a Bar Mitzvah, though he was also baptized.
LaBeouf has described his parents as “hippies”, his father as “tough as nails and a different breed of man”, and his upbringing as similar to a “hippy lifestyle”, stating that his parents were “pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them.” The actor also accompanied his father to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous . LaBeouf has also said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback.
LaBeouf says his father was “on drugs” during his childhood and was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction while LaBeouf’s mother was “trying to hold down the fort.” His parents eventually divorced, mainly due to financial problems, and LaBeouf had what he has described as a “good childhood”, growing up poor in Echo Park with his mother, who worked selling fabrics and brooches. LaBeouf’s uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and “they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps.” As a way of dealing with his parents’ divorce, he would perform for his family, mimicking his father. LaBeouf remains close to and financially supports both of his parents.
He attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles (LAUSD) and Alexander Hamilton High School, although he received most of his education from tutors. In an interview, LaBeouf said that, looking back on his childhood, he feels grateful and considers some of those memories scars.
When LaBeouf was 19, after a neighbor in his Studio City apartment complex had allegedly insulted his mother and rear-ended her car, LaBeouf brought a knife, and a friend for backup, to the neighbor’s apartment, which resulted in LaBeouf being assaulted by the neighbor and six of the neighbor’s friends.
1996–2006: Disney career
Prior to acting, LaBeouf would practice stand-up comedy around his neighborhood as an “escape” from a hostile environment. At age ten, he began performing stand-up at comedy clubs, describing his appeal as having “disgustingly dirty” material and a “50-year-old mouth on the 10-year-old kid”. He subsequently found an agent through the Yellow Pages and was taken on, after pretending to be his own manager.
LaBeouf has said that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career, having originally gotten the idea from a child actor whom he met that had things he wanted. LaBeouf became known among young audiences, after playing Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens in the early 2000s, a role that later earned him a Daytime Emmy Award. He has said, “[he] grew up on that show” and being cast was the “best thing” that happened to him. In the next several years, he appeared in the well-received film adaption, Holes (2003), in the starring role and made his directorial debut with the short film Let’s Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo. He has played real-life people, including golfer Francis Ouimet and the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006).
2007–2008: Career breakthrough
LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on April 13, as a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor is a serial killer, which he considered a “character-driven” role. He received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News saying, he “is able to simultaneously pull off [the character’s] anger, remorse and intelligence”. He hosted Saturday Night Live on April 14, and on May 10, 2008. He next played Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Transformers.
In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) he was Indiana Jones’ greaser son Mutt Williams. His performance was met with mixed reviews with Todd Gilchrist of IGN commenting “one can’t quite help but wonder what Spielberg saw in the young actor that inspired him to cast LaBeouf”. His next film was Eagle Eye, released on September 26. His performance received mixed reviews, with Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly saying he “makes a credible bid for action-hero status, although his occasional stabs at emotional depth don’t really go anywhere.”
2009–present: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and beyond
In February, he directed the music video for “I Never Knew You”, a single off rapper Cage’s third album, Depart From Me. It was shot in LA and features cameos by other Definitive Jux artists. The two will also team up to make a biopic about the rapper’s life, starring LaBeouf. Of making the video, LaBeouf said, “I’m 22 and I’m directing my favorite rapper’s music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns.”
LaBeouf reprised the role of Sam Witwicky in the 2009 sequel to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Filming for the movie began in May 2008 and ended in late 2008. Due to LaBeouf’s injury from his car accident, Bay and screen writer Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect his hand throughout filming. LaBeouf said production was only delayed two days after his accident because Bay made up for it by filming second unit scenes, and LaBeouf recovered a few weeks earlier than expected, allowing him to return to the set. Near the end of filming, LaBeouf injured his eye when he hit a prop; the injury required seven stitches. He resumed filming two hours later. The movie grossed $800 million, but received mostly negative review by critics, with LaBeouf sharing a nomination for the “Worst Screen Couple of 2009” Razzie Award with “either Megan Fox or any Transformer.”
His only 2010 movie was the Oliver Stone-directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to Wall Street (1987), playing an ambitious Wall Street trader. It became another mixed critical success for him. He reprised his role in the third Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which was released on June 28, 2011. He will play a bootlegger in John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World.
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