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Actor Shia LaBeouf played Even Stevens in the Disney film in Holes and later starred in the films Disturbia and Transformers.
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Taking on a different type of project,
LaBeouf had a leading role in the historic sports drama The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). He played a young golfer who beat his hero at the U.S. Open in 1913. While filming the movie, LaBeouf became romantically involved with one of the producer’s daughters, China Brezner. The couple broke up in 2007.
In A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), LaBeouf played a younger version of Dito (Robert Downey Jr.). The independent film followed Dito’s difficult teen years in Queens during the mid-1980s, his escape, and his later return to be with his father (Chazz Palminteri).
In 2007, LaBeouf was named “Star of Tomorrow” at the ShoWest convention, an annual event for the National Association of Theatre Owners. A very appropriate award for a young actor who starred in two box office hits that year. LaBeouf first played a troubled teen who gets put under house arrest after assaulting one of his teachers in Disturbia (2007). Inspired in part by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, the film shows how his character becomes a voyeur and encounters all sorts of trouble from watching his neighbors.
LaBeouf also starred in a huge summer blockbuster Transformers (2007), which was an adaptation of the popular children’s animated series. In the film, two different groups of shape-shifting robots—the benevolent Autobots and the evil Decepticons—battle it out with humans caught in the middle. LaBeouf played Sam Witwicky, a young man who discovers that his car is actually an Autobot and becomes involved in the robotic conflict. One of the summer’s biggest movies, it took in more than $300 million.
Usually coming across as level-headed in interviews, LaBeouf did something that seemed out of character in November 2007. He was arrested for trespassing after he refused to leave a Chicago drug store. The charges were later dropped.
The next big role for LaBeouf was working with Harrison Ford on the latest installment of the Indiana Jones saga. He told Entertainment Weekly about working on the legendary film series created by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas: “I think my favorite moment was when Harrison flew in and jumped out of his helicopter to come to rehearsal with his whip in his hand.”
In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), LaBeouf plays Mutt Williams, a young man becomes involved in Indiana Jones’s latest adventure. His next film is the thriller Eagle Eye (2008) with Michelle Monaghan, which is slated to be released in the fall of 2008.Among his upcoming projects, LaBeouf is expected to appear in the sequel Transformers 2.
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