“Talent is funny, I’ve always looked at talent like what 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 determination1 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 validity2 in that. I like to think of myself as an ordinary3 man with extra ordinary determination. That’s it.”
Shia Saide LaBeouf (pronounced4 “shy-uh luh-buff”; born June 11, 1986) is a Daytime Emmy Award5 and BAFTA-winning6 American actor and comedian. After growing up in California, LaBeouf became known with a starring role in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. He made the transition to film roles with Holes, a box office success, and supporting roles7 in “Constantine” and “I, Robot”.
LaBeouf has said that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue8 an acting career. 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. LaBeouf also appeared in the Disney Channel hit True Confessions, where he played a mentally challenged9 kid with a sister who made a documentary10 about his disability.
LaBeouf was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for the role of Louis and has said that he “grew up on that show” and that his childhood was “kind of lost,” although his being cast in the show was the “best thing” that has happened to him. During this time period, LaBeouf also appeared in sketch shows11 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2003, he appeared in another Disney production, Holes, as Stanley “Caveman” Yelnats IV, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson. While filming Holes, Voight gave LaBeouf a book on acting, and this made LaBeouf realize acting could be more than a job. The film was a moderate12 box office success. Steven Spielberg was also a fan of LaBeouf in Holes, saying he reminded him of a young Tom Hanks.
That same year, he was heavily featured in the HBO13 documentary show Project Greenlight, which chronicled the making of the independent film The Battle of Shaker Heights. He also appeared in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle as Max Petroni, an orphan14 whom the Angels end up protecting. Off-screen, LaBeouf co-wrote and directed Let’s Love Hate, a short drama and winner of the Children’s Jury Award in 2004 and the Children’s Audience Award in 2005. He had a small role in “I, Robot” (2004) and appeared in the action-horror film “Constantine” (2005), opposite Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz, and in the Disney film The Greatest Game Ever Played, playing Francis Ouimet, a real-life golf player from a poor family who won the 1913 U.S. Open Championship15.
In 2007, LaBeouf starred in “Disturbia”, a thriller released on April 13. He played a teenager under house arrest who suspects16 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 Buffalo News stating that LaBeouf “has grown into an appealing17, bright young actor who is able to simultaneously pull off [the character’s] anger, remorse18 and intelligence”, Kurt Loder of MTV writing that LaBeouf “gets his star ticket decisively19 punched”, and the San Francisco Chronicle noting that LaBeouf is “fast becoming the best young actor in Hollywood”. In comparing the film with Rear Window, The New York Daily News described LaBeouf’s appeal as “more John Cusack than Jimmy Stewart”. Also in 2007, LaBeouf provided a voice role as Cody Maverick in the animated film “Surf’s Up” and played teenager Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved20 in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Michael Bay’s “Transformers”, released on July 3. LaBeouf has said that he is a fan of “The Transformers” television series and the 1986 “The Transformers”: The Movie, and executive producer Steven Spielberg cast him in the role having been impressed by his performance21 in Holes. He has also signed on for two Transformers sequels.
In May, 2008 LaBeouf began filming the sequel to “Transformers”, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and finished filming on November 2, 2008. LaBeouf will reprise22 his role as Sam Witwicky. Due to LaBeouf’s injury from his car accident, director Michael Bay and screen writer Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect LaBeouf’s hand throughout23 filming. LaBeouf said production was only delayed by two days after his accident because Michael Bay made up24 for it by filming second unit scenes, and he recovered from 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 stitches25. LaBeouf resumed filming two hours later. For his lead role in the film LaBeouf was reportedly26 paid around 5 million dollars. LaBeouf bought his own two-bedroom house at the age of 18, lives in Burbank, California, and remains close to both his parents; his mother now lives nearby in Tujunga, Los Angeles, California and his father in Montana. LaBeouf is a smoker, drives a Nissan Maxima, and has two bulldogs named Brando and Rex. He enjoys the music of The Shins, CKY, and the hip-hop label Definitive Jux. LaBeouf has cited actors Dustin Hoffman, Jodie Foster, Jon Voight, and John Turturro as inspirations27, and has said that he 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 lightly28 because you’re always partying, then they will take your work lightly as well.”
1 determination – стремление, решимость
2 validity – обоснованность
3 ordinary – обычный, заурядный
4 pronounced – произносится как
5 Daytime Emmy Award – разновидность награды Emmy, вручающейся за достижения в телевизионной индустрии. Номинанты – телепередачи, выходящие в дневное время на американском телевидении.
6 BAFTA - British Academy of Film and Television Arts -(Британская академия кино и телевизионного искусства)
7 supporting roles – роли второго плана
8 to pursue – добиваться чего-либо
9 mentally challenged – умственно отсталый
10 documentary – документальный фильм
11 sketch shows – скетч-шоу
12 moderate – умеренный
13 HBO – HomeBoxOffice–популярная американская телевизионная сеть, транслирующаяся более чем в 150 странах мира
14 orphan – сирота
15 1913 U.S.Open Championship – открытый чемпионат США 1913 года
16 to suspect - подозревать
17 appealing – обаятельный,
18 remorse – раскаяние, угрызение совести
19 decisively – убедительно, несомненно
20 becomes involved – оказался втянутым
21 performance – исполнение роли
22 reprise – повторить
23 throughout – на всём протяжении
24 made up – улаживать ситуацию
25 stitches – хирургический шов
26 reportedly – по сообщениям
27 inspirations – вдохновители
28 lightly – несерьезно
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