Shia Saide LaBeouf (born June 11, 1986) is an American actor. He got his start on the Disney Channel sitcom Even Stevens before starring in the Disney movie Holes and becoming a cinema actor. He's become a somewhat polarizing figure due to his rapid career incline being part of the older than him franchises in Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but his more dramatic films have won him praise for his acting ability.
LaBeouf is a fan of rapper Cage, and developed a friendship with the rapper as a result of wanting to portray him in a film biography; although the film has yet to be produced, LaBeouf has directed two things featuring Cage, including a music video for Cage's single "I Never Knew You", and the short film Maniac, featuring Cage and Kid Cudi as a pair of serial killers (it's loosely based on a song Kid Cudi did with Cage, off of Cudi's album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager). In addition to this, he is friends with Marilyn Manson and was the co-writer and director of his Born Villain trailer (which is actually set to Overneath The Path of Misery), which perhaps redefines Mind Screw.
Near 2014, his stardom, as well as public opinion, ultimately wore down on him and he decided to leave the spotlight of Hollywood consciousness altogether. While he still acts, it's mostly low-tier or arthouse projects nowadays.
His works include:
- Even Stevens (2000-2003)
- Holes (2003)
- I, Robot (2004)
- Constantine (2005)
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (2005)
- A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
- Bobby (2006)
- Disturbia (2007)
- Transformers (2007)
- Surf's Up (voice) (2007)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- Eagle Eye (2008)
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
- Lawless (2012)
- Nymphomaniac (2014)
- Fury (2014)
- The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
- Honey Boy (2019)
- The Tax Collector (2020)
Tropes in the work of Shia LaBeouf:
- Approval of God: He retweeted Rob Cantor's Actual Cannibal song page, and made a Cameo at the end of the music video.
- Creator Breakdown: 2014 to 2018 seemed to be years of this with his strange and erratic behavior, from starting fights with random people, his strange art projects (most infamous the "HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US" during Donald Trump's run for presidency and later on when he became president), and the like. 2019 seemed to be when he began to recover from this however, in particular with the release of Honey Boy, as the film was written during his rehab sessions in regards to having PTSD.
- Money, Dear Boy: He made this apparent that this was his views of the Transformers franchise after Revenge of the Fallen. While he had a more positive opinion on Dark of the Moon, he still blasted Hollywood Blockbusters as a whole.
- Playing Against Type: Heavily in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - as a troubled teen growing up in Astoria in the 80s. He had to fight like hell for the part, as the director believed he couldn't bring the necessary anger for it. He won the part by punching a hole in the the wall in his office.
- Honey Boy showcased him as an abusive father, if no trouble due to the film's screenplay being based on his upbringing.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": A recurring habit of his.
- Reclusive Artist: Has declared that he "retired from public life" (from about 2014 to 2018) and has focused most of his time on small time projects.
- Rousing Speech: His video "Just Do It".
- Self-Deprecation: His appearance at the end of the "Shia LaBeouf Live" Rob Cantor video, parodying the Slow Clap from Citizen Kane.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: From stand-up comedy, Even Stevens, and Holes to action movie star.