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Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

Birthday: 11 June 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name: Shia Saide LaBeouf
Height: 176 cm

Shia Saide LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, to Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, and is an only child. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while his father has Cajun (Fr ...Show more

Shia LaBeouf
Most actors on most days don't think they're worthy. I have no idea where this insecurity comes from Show more Most actors on most days don't think they're worthy. I have no idea where this insecurity comes from, but it's a God-sized hole. If I knew, I'd fill it, and I'd be on my way. Hide
[on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)] I know that directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg ar Show more [on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)] I know that directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are dedicated to making the best movie we possibly can, and we're not going to miss next time. Hide
Sometimes, I feel I'm living a meaningless life and I get frightened. Sometimes, I feel I'm living a meaningless life and I get frightened.
[on his family name's unusual spelling] In French, LaBeouf means "beef", but mine is spelled wrong. Show more [on his family name's unusual spelling] In French, LaBeouf means "beef", but mine is spelled wrong. It should be "LaBoeuf". My grandmother was a beatnik lesbian in the '50s, who hated her family and decided to change the spelling, and it's been that way ever since. So you go to France and people are like, "LaBeouf? You have an illiterate last name." By the way, Shia is a bad four-letter word in French. So the literal translation of my name is "Shit the Beef". Kind of rock-starry, isn't it? Hide
[in 2011, on meeting Michael Bay and getting cast in Transformers (2007)] I did a screen test and th Show more [in 2011, on meeting Michael Bay and getting cast in Transformers (2007)] I did a screen test and they sent my dailies to Michael, and Michael asked to meet with me. I still hadn't met Steven [Steven Spielberg] at this point. I went and sat down with Michael; he had me read these really generic lines for what seemed like a stand-up routine; the character was--it was a neurotic monologue. And then he asked me to ad-lib my own separate monologue on the tail end of it and then combine the two of them, and then run in this parking lot and do the monologue, and then run up the stairs and do the monologue, and then do push-ups and do the monologue. Stuff like that--I mean literally, literally, literally. And then we went downstairs, and we talked about my upbringing and all that, and my family. We started talking about the stand-up routine and then he asked me to do some of my stand-up routine for him, which I did. Not long after that-maybe a week later-I was still shooting Disturbia (2007), that tape had gone to Steven and he had signed off, and Michael said that he had signed off, and they were working on my deal. Michael told me there was a guy in London who, if I didn't sign up for, you know, a rebated deal [would replace me]. My whole thing was I wanted to work with Michael, because first and foremost, I'm a true fan of Mike's movies. There's not one movie he's made that I'm not entertained by--not one. Not one where I don't watch the entire thing all the way through. And there are a lot of movies I can't get through. If there's anything to say about Michael: he makes entertaining films. He knows his audience. When I met Mike, I was a 17-year-old boy. He was my fucking god. And meeting him in person was a very different thing; he's not at all this alpha male, this machismo legend shit--he's not any of these things. When he's on set, he's different; when he's on set, he's a leader, a general; he's relentless. He's precise and he's specific and he's determined; he's outrageously committed. He never flinches in a firefight. He's always there for you; when the going gets tough, he never flinches. He's helpful; he's confident; he's a risk-taker. But he's also completely unreasonable and irrational sometimes and emotional and aggressive and demanding. He's my coach; I love him; he's my captain. When we're on set, he's my ace. He's my best friend, but he's also my worst enemy. He's blunt with women; he lacks tact--especially on the stage that we're on, there's no time or room for talking around feelings. Sometimes it does have to be blunt. And Mike is good at that. He's very goal-oriented; he's motivated. He's smart as fuck. He knows exactly what he wants; he understands his audience. I think the dude is a genius; I think he's a visionary. He's the greatest action director in film, I think. I'm proud that I've been able to work with him. You know what he is? New York. If you can make it on a Bay set, you can make it on any set. He's really good. Hide
I know I'm one of the luckiest dudes in America right now. I have a great house. My parents don't ha Show more I know I'm one of the luckiest dudes in America right now. I have a great house. My parents don't have to work. I've got money. I'm famous. But it could all change, man. It could go away. You never know. Hide
There's no patriotism. There's selfishness. It's the movie Wall Street (1987). Pure selfishness, "Gr Show more There's no patriotism. There's selfishness. It's the movie Wall Street (1987). Pure selfishness, "Greed is good", It really happened. People don't look at that character, Gordon Gekko, and see an enemy. They look at him like they look at Scarface (1983), a kind of role model. "Hell, yeah. That's the guy! That's the superman!" Well, that's our pop culture. That's its values. Hide
You can't fast-forward experience. I'm not a very intelligent person, and you've got to be a fucking Show more You can't fast-forward experience. I'm not a very intelligent person, and you've got to be a fucking genius to learn from other people's mistakes, because you've got to be a very smart man to learn from your own. Hide
I'm willing to do anything and everything. It's not good for my personal life. But neither is being Show more I'm willing to do anything and everything. It's not good for my personal life. But neither is being bad. I'd rather be anything but bad. Hide
Talent is funny, I've always looked at talent like, "Wjat the hell does talent really mean?". Talent Show more Talent is funny, I've always looked at talent like, "Wjat the hell does talent really mean?". Talent is to actors what luck is to card players. It's not really anything, it's just a fictitious word that people have created and labeled things. Talent is like, you know, I never really believed in talent, I believed in drive and determination and preparation but talent is sort of like luck. I wouldn't want to think of myself as talented, it doesn't seem like there's any validity in that. I like to think of myself as an ordinary man with extraordinary determination. That's it. Hide
[on acting] This is a dream. At first, it was just fun, and a great way to pay the rent, but I gradu Show more [on acting] This is a dream. At first, it was just fun, and a great way to pay the rent, but I gradually realized that there's an art to this, and if I try, I can do it well. I shouldn't say I realized that, because it was really more a case of my being taught that lesson, by Jon Voight, when we made Holes (2003) together. He just became a real mentor to me, and his wisdom, his years of experience, just gave me a whole new perspective on what I'm doing. I've always tried to do the best job I possibly can in every movie since. Hide
I got to grow up in a situation where drugs were demonic. To watch your dad go through heroin withdr Show more I got to grow up in a situation where drugs were demonic. To watch your dad go through heroin withdrawal is something that would keep you from doing any of that yourself. Hide
[on deciding to work with Lars von Trier on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)] Because he's dangerous. He Show more [on deciding to work with Lars von Trier on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)] Because he's dangerous. He scares me. And I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified. Hide
[on his mother] Shayna LaBeouf is her name, she's like, 4'3, she's a little Jewish woman, who marrie Show more [on his mother] Shayna LaBeouf is her name, she's like, 4'3, she's a little Jewish woman, who married this 7' tall Cajun guy. And made me. That's where you get me! Hide
My generation will actually be the first generation that is tamer than the one that came before it, Show more My generation will actually be the first generation that is tamer than the one that came before it, and it will probably be poorer; less fun and less money. It's ridiculous. In my parents' generation, rebellion was pop culture. It's not anymore. You can see it in something as simple as where their music was at and where ours is now. If you look at our Billboard Top 100, a lot of those songs on there are from Christian country artists. A lot of rappers, too, are very Christian. The fact that religion is even still talked about is kind of wild to me. I think my generation understands it, but they are too selfish to let it matter. Hide
I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure. I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn' Show more I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure. I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn't matter to me. My favorite actors aren't Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he's amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman. Hide
[on his comments about being done with working within the studio system and them being taken out of Show more [on his comments about being done with working within the studio system and them being taken out of context] I'm a fallible human being. I speak my mind and my heart. And sometimes that gets me into hot water. All I'm really trying to say in the most politically sensible way is, "Thank you so much for giving me the opportunities, I would just like to make movies about people now." That's it. Hide
[on deeply regretting what he said about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) a Show more [on deeply regretting what he said about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and how it negatively affected his relationship with Steven Spielberg] He told me there's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars. It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei. Hide
[on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)] There are a lot of people that liked the second one, Show more [on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)] There are a lot of people that liked the second one, but I hated it. I just didn't enjoy it. I thought we missed the mark. I got confused, I couldn't see what the fuck was going on, you know with certain robots . . . I couldn't decipher what was happening. There were story line paths that I just wouldn't have gone down. Hide
The only thing my father gave me that was of any value to me is pain. The only thing my father gave me that was of any value to me is pain.
[on the prospect of actually having to have sex in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)] There are rules. I h Show more [on the prospect of actually having to have sex in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)] There are rules. I have ethics, I'm not completely out of my mind. But I don't think there's anything wrong with sex. Sex is beautiful if it's done right. And I wouldn't just do it for no reason . . . Sex is different than love, and there is a separation, and that middle gap is what the movie's about. Hide
[on all the wealth he as accrued over the years] If I could give the money back and get all the cred Show more [on all the wealth he as accrued over the years] If I could give the money back and get all the credibility in the world that I'm seeking, I would do it tomorrow. In a heartbeat. Hide
[on his co-star Harrison Ford] I've been fortunate enough to work with Harrison on Indiana Jones and Show more [on his co-star Harrison Ford] I've been fortunate enough to work with Harrison on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and I can honestly say it is a dream come true. He's a man's man. And he's incredible because he make movies even better, because we love him as much as Indy hates snakes, and because he's captain of the goddamn Millennium Falcon! Hide
[when asked about what it's like to be a celebrity] I'll tell you when I become one. [when asked about what it's like to be a celebrity] I'll tell you when I become one.
[on being done working in the studio system] I'm done. There's no room for being a visionary in the Show more [on being done working in the studio system] I'm done. There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers (2007), and he's fucked. There's no way for him to exist in that world. Hide
I've been a runner my whole life, running from myself. Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or Show more I've been a runner my whole life, running from myself. Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or fucking calamity or whatever it is, I've always been running. Hide
They put people in a fucking home for doing what we do for a living. You have to abandon yourself to Show more They put people in a fucking home for doing what we do for a living. You have to abandon yourself to delusion. If you're going to work in that way, you have to work with people who can referee you. You need a lion tamer who you respect. Hide
[on Lars von Trier and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)] Von Trier is very dangerous. He's the most dange Show more [on Lars von Trier and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)] Von Trier is very dangerous. He's the most dangerous dude that I've ever showed up for. I'm terrified. I'm so terrified, which is why I have to go. We'll see what happens. The movie is what you think it is. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he's making. For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening. Hide
[on his co-star Megan Fox] She is a very attractive girl. Very attractive. And she's a very close fr Show more [on his co-star Megan Fox] She is a very attractive girl. Very attractive. And she's a very close friend. But it hasn't been a romantic thing, because you're trying to respect the work environment. You don't push anything. And with sex and romance, things can become so convoluted so fast. Hide
[on his career] I hope I will never go to the Robert De Niro stage where I've gotten there and I am Show more [on his career] I hope I will never go to the Robert De Niro stage where I've gotten there and I am comfortable. Because that's the death of an actor. Look at Dustin Hoffman, he is still striving, pushing and fighting. Comfort is the end. Hide
I come from hippies. My dad was a wandering dude recovering from the war in Vietnam. And my mom, bef Show more I come from hippies. My dad was a wandering dude recovering from the war in Vietnam. And my mom, before she met him, had a head shop in Brooklyn. Bob Dylan used to come in and smoke weed. All her furniture hung upside-down from the ceiling. She was out of her mind. It was the 1970s. Hide
[on being directed by Oliver Stone in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)] I felt outclassed as a Show more [on being directed by Oliver Stone in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)] I felt outclassed as an actor. The first meeting I had with Oliver, he looked me in the eye and said, "Don't worry. Tom Cruise wasn't an actor before he met me, either." I've never been so scared into submission. He frightened me to the depths of my being. Hide
I was billed as the ten-year-old kid with the 50-year-old mouth. I knew if I wanted to work in the b Show more I was billed as the ten-year-old kid with the 50-year-old mouth. I knew if I wanted to work in the business, funny would be good because I looked like Garry Shandling. Hide
[on dating Rihanna] It never got beyond one date. The spark wasn't there. We weren't passionate abou Show more [on dating Rihanna] It never got beyond one date. The spark wasn't there. We weren't passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends. Hide
[on advice Robert Redford gave him on set of The Company You Keep (2012)] I wound up getting into a Show more [on advice Robert Redford gave him on set of The Company You Keep (2012)] I wound up getting into a bar fight. I have to go to work the next day with [Redford] and Stanley Tucci. And I need to get my confidence back. And now I'm sitting in front of legends, and I feel like a [jerk]. And Bob goes, "Come with me." And he shows me scenes that we had been shooting. And then he goes, "Listen to me. The only thing that matters is the work, kid." And that was it. Hide
My dad used to watch cowboy movies with me. And anytime some cowboy would say something eloquent or Show more My dad used to watch cowboy movies with me. And anytime some cowboy would say something eloquent or poignant, my dad would stop the movie, rewind it and play it again. "Did you get that? Okay." Then we'd watch the rest of the movie. And this is most of my childhood. Hide
Actors live dependent on being validated by other people's opinions. I don't understand what it is I Show more Actors live dependent on being validated by other people's opinions. I don't understand what it is I do that people want. I don't know what an actor does. I have no credentials. I don't know what I'm doing. To my mind, talent doesn't really exist. Talent is like a card player's luck. It is motivation, ambition, and luck. It's just a drive to be the best. I think acting is a con game. Hide
[when asked about what type of girls he likes] I like the dark, mysterious, maybe even gothic type g Show more [when asked about what type of girls he likes] I like the dark, mysterious, maybe even gothic type girls. They have to have a good personality, too. I'm very picky. Hide
[working independently versus working with studios] These dudes [Voltage Pictures] are a miracle. Th Show more [working independently versus working with studios] These dudes [Voltage Pictures] are a miracle. They give you the money, and they trust you--[unlike the studios, which] 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. Hide
Clubs are so lame. Nobody even dances at these clubs. They stand around and get drunk and they schmo Show more Clubs are so lame. Nobody even dances at these clubs. They stand around and get drunk and they schmooze. There is no enjoyment factor. You get so many invites . . . partying has never interested me. My dad was a drug addict. There's something about watching your dad go through heroin withdrawal when you're 11. It's not interesting anymore. I'm not individualizing this. There are lots of kids that deal with this. I'm an '80s baby; that's what was going on. Hide
I'm a dude who loves delusion. It's why I love being an actor--I never have to actually look at myse Show more I'm a dude who loves delusion. It's why I love being an actor--I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my shit or take responsibility. Hide
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