Shia LaBeouf

BATD ON Mar 26, 2010 AT 11:09 am

Shia LaBeouf

It isn’t uncommon that big stars have unconventional upbringings, and Shia LaBeouf is no exception. The star of the upcoming flick Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was not your average child.

Raised in California mostly by his mother, he dealt with abuse from his Vietnam veteran, heroin addict father. He lived a self-proclaimed hippie life style, with both of his parents frequently smoking marijuana at home, and a very low level of censorship in general. When LaBeouf began doing stand-up comedy as a child, much of this was the subject of his jokes, making his act quite controversial.

LaBeouf got into acting originally not because he was passionate about it, but because he knew his family needed the money. He wasn’t the first in his family to be in entertainment though, as his ballet dancer mother and clown father were just two of his relatives in show-business.

His most famous role as a child was playing troublemaker Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel show Even Stevens, a role that earned him a Daytime Emmy. He also portrayed Stanley Yelnats in the film adaptation of the Louis Sachar novel Holes. Both of these characters were very well received, and he began to work his way into the hearts of audiences everywhere.

As his career moved forward, he starred in hit films like Disturbia, Eagle Eye and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He is also a part of the extremely lucrative Transformers franchise, which garnered him recognition with the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award.

While he seems to be able to do no wrong, he doesn’t have a flawless record. He has had run-ins with the law on several occasions, most notably a 2008 car accident. Though the accident was not his fault, he damaged his hand permanently and had his licence suspended for a year. He is also said to be on the rocks with his girlfriend Carey Mulligan.

Thankfully, LaBeouf knows the precarious nature of his fame. “I know I am one of the luckiest dudes in America right now,” he says. “I have a great house. My parents don’t have to work. I’ve got money. I’m famous. But it could all change, man. It could all go away. You never know.”

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, out on 8th Octboer 2010.

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