Shia Saide La Beouf was born in Los Angeles, California, to Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey Craig La Beouf, and is an only child. [on being directed by Oliver Stone in Wall Street: Peníze nikdy nespí (2010)] I felt outclassed as an actor.
His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while his father has Cajun (French) ancestry. He started his career by doing stand-up comedy around places in his neighborhood, such as coffee clubs. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), and wanted to become an actor. The first meeting I had with Oliver, he looked me in the eye and said, "Don't worry.
His best known role is as Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist of the first three installments of the Transformers series: Transformers (2007), Transformers: Pomsta porazených (2009) and Transformers 3 (2011). Stuff like that--I mean literally, literally, literally. He's the most dangerous dude that I've ever showed up for. So you go to France and people are like, "La Beouf?
Attended the prestigious Hamilton Academy of Music in Los Angeles, CA. And then we went downstairs, and we talked about my upbringing and all that, and my family. Sex is different than love, and there is a separation, and that middle gap is what the movie's about. You have an illiterate last name." By the way, Shia is a bad four-letter word in French. 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.
They liked him and signed him, and then he started auditioning. 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. For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real.
He is well known for playing Louis Stevens on the popular Disney Channel series Even Stevens (1999) and has won a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance. I know I'm one of the luckiest dudes in America right now. 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. Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images. [on his family name's unusual spelling] In French, La Beouf means "beef", but mine is spelled wrong. 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.
Fellow alumni are Emile Hirsch, Fernanda Romero, Frank Miranda Will Rothhaar, Rachel Kiri Walker, Candace Lifson, Kyla Pratt, Kaitlin Doubleday and Cherish Lee. 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. He knows exactly what he wants; he understands his audience. If you can make it on a Bay set, you can make it on any set. [on being done working in the studio system] I'm done. So the literal translation of my name is "Shit the Beef". They put people in a fucking home for doing what we do for a living. If you're going to work in that way, you have to work with people who can referee you.
In July 2008 he was arrested for driving under the influence after being involved in a car accident. He had to undergo extensive surgery that lasted for at least four hours. I wouldn't want to think of myself as talented, it doesn't seem like there's any validity in that. But it hasn't been a romantic thing, because you're trying to respect the work environment. And with sex and romance, things can become so convoluted so fast. They look at him like they look at Zjizvená tvár (1983), a kind of role model. Not one where I don't watch the entire thing all the way through. If there's anything to say about Michael: he makes entertaining films. He's precise and he's specific and he's determined; he's outrageously committed. He's always there for you; when the going gets tough, he never flinches. But he's also completely unreasonable and irrational sometimes and emotional and aggressive and demanding. [on advice Robert Redford gave him on set of The Company You Keep (2012)] I wound up getting into a bar fight. [on the prospect of actually having to have sex in Nymfomanka, cást I. His injury was written into Transformers: Pomsta porazených (2009) from which he had to take some time off after the crash. There's something about watching your dad go through heroin withdrawal when you're 11. I like to think of myself as an ordinary man with extraordinary determination. [on his co-star Megan Fox] She is a very attractive girl. I have to go to work the next day with [Redford] and Stanley Tucci. And now I'm sitting in front of legends, and I feel like a [jerk]. Shia and his mother talked it over, and the next day, he started looking for an agent. Tom Cruise wasn't an actor before he met me, either." I've never been so scared into submission. [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.He searched in the yellow pages, called one up, and did a stand-up routine in front of him. I still hadn't met Steven [Steven Spielberg] at this point. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he's making.
His film Disturbia (2007) features a song by System of a Down, "Lonely Day". If you look at our Billboard Top 100, a lot of those songs on there are from Christian country artists. The fact that religion is even still talked about is kind of wild to me. 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]. He's the greatest action director in film, I think. 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. When he was a guest on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) during the hype for Transformers (2007), Dave asked Shia how his name originated. [on his co-star Harrison Ford] I've been fortunate enough to work with Harrison on Indiana Jones a království kristálové lebky (2008), and I can honestly say it is a dream come true. 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! It's not really anything, it's just a fictitious word that people have created and labeled things. Pure selfishness, "Greed is good", It really happened. I think my generation understands it, but they are too selfish to let it matter. My dad was a wandering dude recovering from the war in Vietnam. Actors live dependent on being validated by other people's opinions. My whole thing was I wanted to work with Michael, because first and foremost, I'm a true fan of Mike's movies. 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. 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. [on deeply regretting what he said about Indiana Jones a království kristálové lebky (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.