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Introducing... Shia LaBeouf

by Editorial Staff in Media & entertainment , 09 mei 2010

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With always a roving eye for handsome hunks, we couldn’t help but notice Harrison Ford’s sidekick, actually his son, in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” played by Shia LaBeouf. Shia Saide LaBeouf was born on June 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, an only child. His mother, Shayna, is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing/jewelry designer; before she met LaBeouf’s father, she ran a head shop in Brooklyn.

Shia says that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career. “My humor came from seeing my parents have sex, smoke weed, my mom being naked - just weird hippie stuff, twisted R-rated humor,” he says. “I’d get up there in my OshKosh B’Gosh outfit and my bowl haircut. I was a little kid with a Lenny Bruce mouth. That was the act. But there’s no money in stand-up comedy, so I went into acting.”

LaBeouf began acting when he was twelve years old. His acting debut was on the television show “Caroline in the City” in 1998. He became well known among young audiences after playing Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel weekly program “Even Stevens,” a role for which he was cast three months after being signed by his agent.

In 2005, Labeouf then appeared in the action-horror film “Constantine” starring opposite Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz as Chas Kramer, a supporting character.

In 2007, LaBeouf starred in “Disturbia,” a thriller in which he played a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor, played by David Morse, is a serial killer. The film was a hit and LaBeouf received positive reviews for the role, with the “San Francisco Chronicle” stating that LaBeouf is “fast becoming the best young actor in Hollywood.”

That same year, he played teenager Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Michael Bay’s “Transformers.” Executive producer Steven Spielberg cast him in the role having been impressed by his performance in Louis Sachar’s “Holes” (2003).

Photo: Shia LaBeouf in ‘Transformers’

Director Michael Bay initially considered him too old for the part of Sam Witwicky, having only seen his performance in “Constantine,” but he was “bowled” over by his enthusiasm. Shia has also signed on for two “Transformers” sequels.

LaBeouf was also Steven Spielberg’s first choice for the role in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” In June 2009 it was confirmed that LaBeouf signed onto to star as the lead role in “Wall Street 2,” the sequel to the Academy Award-winning film “Wall Street,” in which film he will play an “ambitious, young Wall Street trader who is engaged to Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) daughter.” The film was set to be released in February 2010.

LaBeouf is “very serious” about his career and has made “a calculated effort to stay away from the party scene,” believing that “if the industry takes you lightly because you’re always partying, then they will take your work lightly as well.”

As of August 2009, LaBeouf is in a relationship with British actress Carey Mulligan, his co-star in “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.” They were introduced by director Oliver Stone prior to filming and began dating shortly after.



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