It was during the promotion for the film “Disturbia” when the name Shia LaBeouf first generated murmurs around tinseltown. However, it was when he played Sam Witwickey in the top-grossing and shall I say REALLY AWESOME “Transformers” movie that Shia really became a household name.
Over the past few years, I haven’t really seen any young male actor evolve from small roles to huge blockbuster ones. We’ve seen stars like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan grow up and perform more mature roles and rise to significant stardom but no male actor, in my honest opinion, has ever made waves quite like the way Shia LaBeouf is doing now.
No annoying kid brother here!
Although already having appeared as a guest star on several TV programs such as “The X-Files” and “Caroline in the City,” Shia became a more permanent face on the small screen when he took the role of annoying kid brother Louis Stevens in the family comedy “Even Stevens” in 2002.
A year later, he was cast in “Holes.” It was another comedy gig but this time, on the big screen. From there, he went on to play roles in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Constantine” and “Bobby.”
However, things have not always gone smoothly for Shia LaBeouf. At age two, he was already clowning around literally as he and his family performed in their neighborhood as clowns selling hot dogs. And at age 10, he was already smoking and playing cards. As a child, Shia was already exposed to the real world and knew how ugly it could be. Perhaps that’s the reason why the young actor exudes such a strong yet seemingly unaffected energy.
Right now, as he preps up for the movie “Indiana Jones 4,” people are saying that he could be the next Harrison Ford or the next Tom Hanks. In fact, one particular review says:
“The red-hot ‘Transformers’ star showcases the same mix of wise-ass swagger and dedication to his craft that helped Ford bring Han Solo and Indy to life.”
No word yet on who Shia will be playing but rumors are circulating that he might play Harrison Ford’s son.