114 Interesting Quotes By Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf was once recognized a talented newcomer in Hollywood but he has overtime upgraded his stature as an eccentric artist who follows his own rules to live by. As a result of that, he has earned a reputation as quintessential ‘Hollywood Bad Boy.’ Born in Los Angeles, amidst the glitz of Hollywood, Shia always had the Hollywood dream ever since he was a kid. Starting his career with a Disney children series ‘Even Stevens,’ he played a goofy young man in ‘Transformers,’ and a mature husband to a troubled sex-addict in ‘Nymphomaniac.’ Shia has portrayed excellent showmanship throughout his career. His eccentric behaviour has made him a more intriguing personality. His interviews, books, articles, talk show and award show appearances have gifted us with many interesting quotes on love, Hollywood, films, career, struggle and emotions, many of which are mentioned in our list.
Once you make a studio 700 million dollars or so, or whatever the insane number is, then they finally seem to trust you, no matter how off-the-wall your project is. I'm not a star, I'm an actor. I'm not a celebrity, I've kind of been under the radar, has kept it easier for me to maintain a career. I'm Richie Rich. I land in New York, secretly thinking I'm like the coolest guy in the world. I'm a call-sheet junkie. I love being on set. So, the hardest thing for me is dealing with all this idle time. That's when I get into trouble. Everybody's got stories. I don't want to not have stories. That's one thing I never had to do on a Mike Bay set is sit around and pontificate about the next scene; there's no time for it. You're already in the next scene. When you're working with the best of the best, I'm not gonna put that on hold so I can work with people who studied the best of the best. I was planning on going to Yale to theater school. I come from French Cajun Jewish people. The hardest thing in acting is going from child actor to adult actor. It's taken me a long time. My mom is at my house every day, and she nags me about everything, especially hygiene. It's really easy to fall for someone on-set, but in the end you know, it's a representative and it's not really them. If I want to party, I'll party at my house. Well, there's different shades of Hollywood, sure. I mean, I'm working in this business but I'm not Hollywood. The comic book world is a tough business. I feel like I'm really honest in my interviews, to a fault. I've lost friends over it. Major friends. And I'm heartbroken about that. As an actor, the minute you start getting real in interviews, you lose mystery. Comics, for me, is being able to sing alone in the shower. I find it freeing. You just pick up a pen and get to it. Sometimes perception is almost more important than the skill level of an actor. Any time you're a type, your career's over. Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin. When people ask me about my story, I just go through the positive stuff: the tent-pole moments, the big landmark checkpoints. When golf used to be a rich man's sport, if you were poor you could not step foot on a course. A lot of people like to think that golf is a lazy man's sport. Or it's a rich man's sport, or it's a sport that they can't be involved in. I like messing around, and I like working with artists who I respect. I'm an actor, but I'm an artist. Oh, I've been in love with every woman I've ever worked with. You can go to college when you are 30 or 40. I got accepted at Yale but never went. Hey, I'm a human being also. Agents are used to the parents pimping. They're not used to the kid pimping. My family's lineage is five generations of artists who never made it. Every actor chooses their story at the beginning. None of my friends were ever as broke as I was. I enjoy what I'm able to give my family. There's a form of selling out. It's necessary. You have to become edible for people in Texas. You have to become edible for the Christian right, for mass audiences. There's only so far you can take a relationship before you got to get into things that are too serious or over the top. I've spent more on my Dodger tickets that I did on my car. I drink protein shakes nonstop - three or four a day - and I run a lot, so you get rid of the bad carbs and keep the rest so you have the energy to make it through. The best movies are simple. To be an actor, a true actor, you have to be brokenhearted. I used to dirt bike a lot. I can't do that anymore. Can't eat a whole lot of chocolate anymore, either. I can't be in 'Indiana Jones' and be a fatso! I'd love to go to school and have a normal life, but I don't see any professor at Yale being able to teach me more than Steven Spielberg. I understand why marriages break up over golf. I can't even talk about my own handicap because it's too upsetting. I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form. And yeah, my handicap was down to a 10 when we were at the thick of it. I trained for six or seven months, golfing every day for six hours, seven days a week, with eight trainers. It was intense. But this is a little different. This is the adult acting. This is a different crowd. It's more work and more good work. That's it. People will have their opinion regardless. I don't know, I just want to be happy. I could be in a hole somewhere. Or I could completely lose it and be some hippy living in the woods with my dad. I hated golf when we first started, but a big part of the training process was falling in love with this sport, so I went on tour with the UCLA Team. I think every young actor in Los Angeles went up for that role. It was between Frankie Muniz and me, and he pulled out, so I got the role. I think there's a form of honesty, because I used to be very honest with the press, and then it backfired on me, and I understood it. I trained more than anybody ever in a golf film ever made - my swing is pretty hot. I want my audience to know me for my work, not because of who I'm dating or what drugs I'm on or what club I went to. I'm very picky and I'm in a situation where it's a big crossover. I've been in fights, but that doesn't make me cool or like a tough guy or more interesting actor, I'm not proud of it. If I have enough money to eat I'm good. My family, my parents are hippies. No, I come for a hippy lifestyle, it's very open; my parents are both hippies. No, I was an unknown when I walked in that room. He didn't know who I was from a fly on the wall. Respected, I almost want to be revered, that's what I'm chasing. There's never been a parent in my life. We did this two-week boot camp before we filmed the movie. I got to know everybody in the group and we became friends. We got really tight throughout those two weeks. When you look at golf films before us they're all - garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can't beat him. You never really meet a human being until you live with them or know them for awhile, so this is my clown and they understand that and so these interviews don't bother them. I would like to be George Clooney diplomatic. I just don't have the wherewithal yet or the inner serenity. I can't tell you how many hot dogs I've eaten in my life. A relationship to me is never about the romance. I come from divorce. I'm only doing marriage once. It's not a game for me. When a gust of wind hits a broken bone, you feel it. People were going to geometry class and I was swimming through vats of chili on 'Even Stevens.' It was like a dream! I go to sleep at night, and I feel like I just dreamed the whole day. I think penguins are the most human of all the birds, which may be why people love them. They're cute, they stand upright and they look like they're wearing tuxedos. I turned down twelve films last year... Huge money films, but I had no respect for the writer or the work. There's something about studying body language and non-spoken emotion - I know the innate response. But to really study it like a science would be fun. I'm a little territorial and defensive. Clubs are so lame. Nobody even dances at these clubs. They stand around and get drunk and they schmooze. There is no enjoyment factor. You can't buy back your respect; you can't buy back your career. You only get one, so I don't want to mess that up. I like the dark, mysterious, maybe even gothic type girls. They have to have a good personality too! I'm very picky! I grew up around a lot of aggressive guys. My parents used to take me to AA meetings when I was very young. So I know aggression, I know insanity. My dad is a motorcycle guy, not some Hollywood dude. I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism. I'm a little territorial and defensive. I don't like having my space invaded. If I had more recreation time I would be able to step back and reflect on how life has changed. But it has been like a constant... boom, boom, boom, boom, boom! I have a hard time with free time. Old Americana vintage gangster stuff has a fantastical feel; it feels less dirty in a way. It feels like the opera of crime. And I'm not a personality; otherwise I'd be coming out with an album, performing on MTV. All that stuff is possible and I can do that tomorrow. I just have no need. I don't have to live this lavish lifestyle. Probably the sexiest woman I know is my mother. I'm just selfish. I have to be for what I do. I am trying to impress myself. I have yet to do it. I have a very nappy, curly head.
I don't even really know what it is I do for a living - the level of insecurity is very, very high. You're making a lot of money, getting a lot of accolades and positive criticism for something where you don't even know what you're doing.
They're very, uh, you know, I don't come from the suburbs and a jolly, Disney type of lifestyle. I come from something totally different. And they're cool and bare minimum so it's not always a money issue for me.
If people perceive you as a good actor then they'll wish for you to be a good actor and they'll root for you when they watch you, but if you come out and you're going to clubs every night people don't root for you anymore.
I was always raised on cowboy films, and then when I could start making choices about the movies I wanted to watch I found myself wanting to watch gangster films which were slightly more sophisticated than the baseline stuff that was in westerns.
I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there's a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful.
You can't have bank holding companies acting as hedge funds. You can't have them taking a million-dollar pension plan for Joe Schmo the bus driver and treat it with the same risk appetite that you treat George Soros' pocket money. It's fundamentally ridiculous. 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 determination and preparation, but talent is sort of like luck.