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Who is Michael Benjamin Bay?

Who is Michael Benjamin Bay? The entertainment movie world knows Michael Bay as an American film director and producer. He is known for directing high-budget action films characterized by their fast edits, stylistic visuals and substantial practical special effects.[1][2] His films, which include The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Bad Boys and Transformers series, have grossed over three billion dollars world-wide.[3] He is co-founder of commercial production house The Institute, a.k.a. The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness.[4] He is co-chair and part-owner of the digital effects house Digital Domain.[5] He co-owns Platinum Dunes, a production house which has remade horror movies including Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.[6]

Early life

Michael Bay was born February 17, 1965 and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his adoptive parents Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist, and Jim, a CPA.[7] His cousin, Susan Bay, is the wife of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy.[8] He attended the exclusive Crossroads School, in Santa Monica, California.[9] Bay often traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood. As a boy, he attached some firecrackers to a toy train and filmed the ensuing fiery disaster with his mother's 8mm camera. The fire department was called and he was grounded.[10]

Career

Bay got his start in the film industry interning with George Lucas when he was fifteen, filing the storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he thought was going to be terrible. His opinion changed after seeing it in the theater and he was so impressed by the experience that he decided to become a film director.[11] He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986, majoring in both English and Film.[12][13] He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and a favorite student of film historian Jeanine Basinger.[14] For his graduate work, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he also studied film.
Michael Bay began working at Propaganda Films, directing commercials and music videos, two weeks after finishing his post-graduate degree. His 90-second World War II-inspired Coca-Cola ad was picked up by Capitol Records. His first national commercial for the Red Cross won a Clio Award in 1992.[15][16] He directed Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Got Milk? advertisement campaign for the California Milk Processors Board in 1993.[17]
Bay's success in music videos gained the attention of producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson who selected him to direct his first feature-length film, Bad Boys. The film was shot in Miami in 1994 and starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The action film proved to be a break-out role for actor Will Smith who was segueing from television to films at that time. Shooting in Miami was a good experience for Bay who would later own a home in the city and spend a great deal of time there.[18] The film was completed for $19 million dollars and grossed a remarkable $141 million at the box office in the summer of 1995.[19] Bay's success led to a strong partnership and friendship with Jerry Bruckheimer.[20]
His follow-up film, The Rock (1996), was an action movie set on Alcatraz Island, and in the San Francisco Bay area. It starred Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. It was also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, the latter of whom died five months before the film's release. The film is dedicated to him.[21] Connery and Cage won 'Best On-Screen Duo' at the MTV Movie Awards in 1997 and the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Achievement in Sound category for the work of Greg P. Russell, Kevin O'Connell, and Keith A. Wester.[22][23]
In 1998, Bay collaborated with Jerry Bruckheimer again, this time as a co-producer, as well as directing the action-adventure film Armageddon.[24][25] The film, about a group of tough oil drillers who are sent by NASA to deflect an asteroid away from a collision course with Earth, starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler. It was nominated for 4 Oscars at the 71st Academy Awards including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Original Song.[26] The film earned 9.6 million dollars on its opening day and a total of 36.5 million through the first weekend.[27] The production budget, $140 million dollars, was one of the highest of the summer of 1998. Armageddon went on to gross over $553 million dollars worldwide.[28]
In 2001, Bay directed Pearl Harbor. It starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The film was released on Memorial Day weekend in 2001. Again, Bay produced the film with Jerry Bruckheimer. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Song. Again, Kevin O'Connell received another nomination for Best Sound, but he did not win. Pearl Harbor won in the category for Sound Editing.[29] Michael Bay also directed the music video for nominated track "There You'll Be" by vocal artist Faith Hill.
Bay reteamed with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for Bad Boys II, an event which also marked Bay's fifth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer. The film grossed $138 million domestically, enough to cover the production budget, and $273 million worldwide, almost twice as much as the first movie.
In 2005, Bay directed The Island, a science-fiction film starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. It was the first film Michael Bay made without Jerry Bruckheimer. The Island cost $126 million to produce. It earned $46 million domestically and $172 million worldwide. Bay stated that he was not comfortable with the domestic marketing campaign as it confused the audience as to the true subject of the film.[30]
In 2007, he directed and teamed up with Steven Spielberg to produce Transformers, a live action film based on the Transformers franchise. The film was released in the U.S. and Canada on July 3, 2007, with 8 p.m. preview screenings on July 2. The previews earned $8.8 million, and in its first day of general release it grossed $27.8 million, a record for Tuesday box office attendance. It broke the record held by Spider-Man 2 for the biggest July 4 gross, making $29 million. On its opening weekend, Transformers grossed $70.5 million, amounting to a $155.4 million opening week, giving it the record for the biggest opening week for a non-sequel. As of November 2007, the film has made over $319 million domestically and over $708 million worldwide.
Bay returned as director and executive producer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which was released on June 24, 2009 and went on to gross over $832 million worldwide. Although it received mostly negative reviews by critics,[31] including aggressively critical reviews by American film critics such as Roger Ebert,[32] Michael Phillips[33] and David Denby,[34] the film was well-received by its intended audience and was one of the highest-grossing films of 2009.[35][36] In 2010, it earned seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations and winning three: Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.[37]
As of 2009, Michael Bay's worldwide box office totals make him the director with the 8th highest domestic US gross of all time (not adjusted for inflation).[38] It was also one of the best selling DVD and blu ray discs of 2009, second only to Twilight in DVD format and the number one of all time in blu-ray format until it was surpassed by Blu-ray sales of James Cameron's Avatar in April 2010.[39][40][41]
Bay directed Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released on June 28, 2011.[42] He may direct a sequel to the Bad Boys franchise or a "small" film he's been developing for years, tentatively called Pain & Gain.[43] The true crime story, based on events described in a Miami Herald article[44] written by Pete Collins, concerns a group of bumbling bodybuilders working together to commit a robbery.
Bay produced DreamWorks' I Am Number Four, based on a series of novels by authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes published by HarperCollins Children's Books. D. J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) directed.[45][46]
Bay will co-produce One Way Out, a reality series that pits ordinary people against each other as they try to keep their pasts hidden and builds toward a showdown where all those secrets will be revealed.[47]
Gideon's Sword, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's novel set for release in February 2011, was optioned by Bay Films and will be produced by Michael Bay. The main character, Gideon Crew, avenges the death of his father.[48][49]
In June of 2011, Bay confirmed that Pain & Gain was his next project and that it would have a budget of $20 million.[50]

Production and FX companies

Platinum Dunes

Bay founded this production house with fellow producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form in 2001.[51] Platinum Dunes is named after one of Bay's first student films at Wesleyan University. Brad Fuller also graduated from Wesleyan and worked for Bay as an executive assistant before joining him in this business venture. The company's first film, a remake of the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, grossed $107 million dollars worldwide.[52] Platinum Dunes produced lucrative remakes of classic horror films and introduced new directors like Sam Bayer and Marcus Nispel to feature film audiences. Their most recent horror film production, A Nightmare on Elm Street starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, was released April 2010. The film made 32.9 million dollars in its opening weekend, covering nearly its entire 35 million dollar budget and went on to gross over 100 million dollars worldwide.[53]
Paramount Pictures signed a first look deal with Platinum Dunes in 2009.[54] As part of this new relationship, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon have brought the Platinum Dunes producers on to produce a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, rebooting the film series launched by New Line in 1990. Bay, Fuller and Form will co-produce with Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Marina Norman.[55]

Digital Domain

Bay and Wyndcrest Holdings, a Florida-based investment firm, acquired the digital effects company Digital Domain from James Cameron and Stan Winston in 1996, infusing the struggling business with a $50 million dollar investment.[5] Digital Domain considered an initial public offering in 2009 but ultimately withdrew the offer, because of the lack of interest. Currently a work for hire visual effects production house, Digital Domain plans to expand its efforts in the video gaming industry and become a full-fledged motion picture production house. Headquartered in Venice, Los Angeles, California, the company is also working to open branches in Vancouver, Canada and the state of Florida.[56]

The Institute

After leaving Propaganda Films, Bay and producer Scott Gardenhour, also formerly at Propaganda, formed The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness[57] (now known as The Institute), to produce commercials and other projects. Through The Institute, Bay has directed and produced spots for Victoria's Secret, Lexus, Budweiser, Reebok, Mercedes-Benz, and Nike. His most recent advertisement for Victoria Secret was the 2009 "A Thousand Fantasies" holiday campaign.[58]

Awards

Bay has received five MTV Movie Awards: Best Movie and Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet for Transformers, Best Action Scene for Pearl Harbor, Best Action Scene for Bad Boys II, and Best Action Scene for The Rock.[citation needed] In 1994, Bay was honored by the Directors Guild of America with an award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.[59]
Michael Bay received the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award for excellence in filmmaking at the confab of theater owners.[60]

Personal life

Bay lives in Los Angeles and Miami with his two bullmastiffs, Bonecrusher and Grace, named for characters in Transformers and Armageddon, respectively. He loves animals. As a boy, he donated his Bar Mitzvah money to an animal shelter and often includes his bullmastiff dogs in his films.[61] He had another dog, Mason. Mason the dog's last appearance in a film was as Miles' dog in Transformers. He died during production of that film in March 2007.[62][63]
Bay's grandfather was Russian.[64]

Filmography

Music videos

Year Song Band Notes
2001 "There You'll Be" Faith Hill Theme from Pearl Harbor
1997 "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" Aerosmith
1994 "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" Meat Loaf
1994 "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" Meat Loaf
1993 "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" Meat Loaf
1992 "You Won't See Me Cry" Wilson Phillips
1992 "Do It to Me" Lionel Richie
1992 "Love Thing" Tina Turner
1991 "I Touch Myself" Divinyls
1991 "I Love You" Vanilla Ice
1989 "I'll Be Holding On" Gregg Allman from the movie Black Rain
1989 "Angelia" Richard Marx
1989 "Soldier of Love" Donny Osmond

Feature films

Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Actor Role
1986 Miami Vice (TV series)

Yes Goon #3
1990 Playboy Video Centerfold: Kerri Kendall Yes


1995 Bad Boys Yes


1996 The Rock Yes


1998 Armageddon Yes Yes Yes NASA Scientist
1999 Mystery Men

Yes Frat boy
2000 Coyote Ugly

Yes photographer
2001 Pearl Harbor Yes Yes

2003 Bad Boys II Yes
Yes Crappy car driver
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Yes

2005 The Amityville Horror
Yes

The Island Yes Yes

2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Yes

2007 The Hitcher
Yes

Transformers Yes Yes Yes Flicked by Megatron
2009 The Unborn
Yes

Friday the 13th
Yes

Horsemen
Yes

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Yes Yes Yes Behind Optimus Prime in C-17 Globemaster III
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street
Yes

2011 I Am Number Four
Yes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Yes Yes

Upcoming Pain & Gain Yes
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Who is Shia Saide LaBeouf?

Who is Shia Saide LaBeouf The entertainment and acting world knows Shia LaBeouf as an American actor who became known among younger audiences for his part in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens and made his film debut in Holes (2003).
In July 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car accident. LaBeouf was arrested at the scene of the car accident for misdemeanor drunk driving, and his driver's license was suspended for one year because he refused a breathalyzer examination. As a result of the injuries he sustained from the accident, he has undergone multiple surgeries on his left hand, which has permanent damage and scarring.
In 2007, LaBeouf starred in the lead role of the commercially successful films, Disturbia, and Surf's Up. The same year he was cast in Michael Bay's science fiction film Transformers as Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist of the series. Despite mixed reviews, Transformers was a box office success and one of the highest grossing films of 2007. LaBeouf later appeared in it sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), both also a box office success. In the 2014 film, Transformers: Age of Extinction LaBeouf will return but will not reprise his role as Sam Witicky instead he will voice a current unknown Autobot.[2] In 2008, he played Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. The film was a critical and commercial success. His other films include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Lawless (2012), The Company You Keep (2012) and Nymphomaniac (2013).

Early life

LaBeouf was born June 11, 1986  in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Shayna (née Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf.[2] His mother is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer.[3] His father is a Vietnam War veteran who had numerous jobs.[4][5][6][7] LaBeouf's mother is Jewish and his father is a Cajun. LaBeouf was raised in his mother's Jewish religion and had a Bar Mitzvah, though he was also baptized.[8][9][10]
LaBeouf has described his parents as "hippies", his father as "tough as nails and a different breed of man", and his upbringing as similar to a "hippy lifestyle", stating that his parents were "pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them."[5][7][7][11] The actor also accompanied his father to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous .[4] LaBeouf has also said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback.[7] LaBeouf says his father was "on drugs" during his childhood and was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction while LaBeouf's mother was "trying to hold down the fort."[5] His parents eventually divorced, mainly due to financial problems,[12] and LaBeouf had what he has described as a "good childhood", growing up poor in Echo Park with his mother, who worked selling fabrics and brooches.[13][14] LaBeouf's uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and "they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps."[15] As a way of dealing with his parents' divorce, he would perform for his family, mimicking his father.[16] LaBeouf remains close to and financially supports both of his parents.[4][5][17]
He attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles (LAUSD)[7] and Alexander Hamilton High School, although he received most of his education from tutors.[14] In an interview, LaBeouf said that, looking back on his childhood, he feels grateful and considers some of those memories scars.[12]
When LaBeouf was 19, after a neighbor in his Studio City apartment complex had allegedly insulted his mother and rear-ended her car, LaBeouf brought a knife, and a friend for backup, to the neighbor's apartment, which resulted in LaBeouf being assaulted by the neighbor and six of the neighbor's friends.[18]

Career

1996–2006: Disney career

Prior to acting, LaBeouf would practice stand-up comedy around his neighborhood as an "escape" from a hostile environment[13] At age ten, he began performing stand-up at comedy clubs, describing his appeal as having "disgustingly dirty" material and a "50-year-old mouth on the 10-year-old kid".[14][17][19] He subsequently found an agent through the Yellow Pages and was taken on, after pretending to be his own manager.[20] LaBeouf has said that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career,[19][21] having originally gotten the idea from a child actor whom he met that had things he wanted.[4] LaBeouf became known among young audiences, after playing Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens in the early 2000s,[22] a role that later earned him a Daytime Emmy Award.[7] He has said, "[he] grew up on that show" and being cast was the "best thing" that happened to him.[5] In the next several years, he appeared in the well-received[23][24] film adaption, Holes (2003), in the starring role and made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo.[25] He has played real-life people, including golfer Francis Ouimet[4][26] and the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006).[27]

2007–2008: Career breakthrough

LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on April 13, as a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor is a serial killer, which he considered a "character-driven" role.[13] He received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News saying, he "is able to simultaneously pull off [the character's] anger, remorse and intelligence".[28] He hosted Saturday Night Live on April 14,[29] and on May 10, 2008.[30] He next played Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Transformers.[31]
In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) he was Indiana Jones' greaser son Mutt Williams. His performance was met with mixed reviews with Todd Gilchrist of IGN commenting "one can't quite help but wonder what Spielberg saw in the young actor that inspired him to cast LaBeouf".[32] His next film was Eagle Eye, released on September 26. His performance received mixed reviews, with Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly saying he "makes a credible bid for action-hero status, although his occasional stabs at emotional depth don’t really go anywhere."[33]

2009–present: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and beyond

In February, he directed the music video for "I Never Knew You", a single off rapper Cage's third album, Depart From Me. It was shot in LA and features cameos by other Definitive Jux artists.[34] The two will also team up to make a biopic about the rapper's life, starring LaBeouf.[35] Of making the video, LaBeouf said, "I'm 22 and I'm directing my favorite rapper's music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns."[34]


LaBeouf reprised the role of Sam Witwicky in the 2009 sequel to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[36] Filming for the movie began in May 2008 and ended in late 2008.[37] Due to LaBeouf's injury from his car accident, Bay and screen writer Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect his hand throughout filming.[38] LaBeouf said production was only delayed two days after his accident because Bay made up for it by filming second unit scenes, and LaBeouf recovered a few weeks earlier than expected, allowing him to return to the set.[39] Near the end of filming, LaBeouf injured his eye when he hit a prop; the injury required seven stitches. He resumed filming two hours later.[40] The movie grossed $800 million,[41] but received mostly negative review by critics,[24] with LaBeouf sharing a nomination for the "Worst Screen Couple of 2009" Razzie Award with "either Megan Fox or any Transformer."[42]
His only 2010 movie was the Oliver Stone-directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to Wall Street (1987), playing an ambitious Wall Street trader.[43] It became another mixed critical success for him.[24] He reprised his role in the third Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which was released on June 28, 2011.[44] He will play a bootlegger in John Hillcoat's The Wettest County in the World.[45]

Personal life

At 18, he bought his own home.[46] He is a cigarette smoker.[4][7][18][47] He has said that religion "never made sense" to him,[8] and also that he has a "personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism".[48]
LaBeouf has three tattoos, which are: 1986–2004 on his inner right wrist, a dog paw tattoo on his upper left arm, and a hand with a shackle on it on his left upper side torso.[49][50] He got the tattoo on his wrist as a "precautionary" to not forget his childhood.[49] LaBeouf described the upper side torso tattoo as "an artist drawing his own prison. Just life. That’s where I’m at".[49] He completed the 2010 LA Marathon on March 21, 2010 with a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes and 31 seconds.[51]

 

 

 

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Relationships

China Brezner
Isabel Lucas
From 2004 to 2007, LaBeouf dated China Brezner, whom he met on the set of The Greatest Game Ever Played.[52] They broke up because he became too busy with his work to put any time into the relationship,[53] and he described the break-up as being like "rebuilding after a tornado."[53] He dated British actress and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps co-star Carey Mulligan from August 2009 to October 2010;[54] they were introduced by the film's director, Oliver Stone, prior to filming and began dating shortly after.[55] Of that relationship he said: "I still love her. I think she's a fucking awesome person and an incredible actress. We're still pals. I wouldn't take any of it back, and I don't think she would either. It just ran its course."[56]
In the August 2011 issue of Details magazine he also admitted to having been in a relationship with Isabel Lucas while she was still dating Adrien Grenier and Megan Fox while she was still seeing her now husband Brian Austin Green. LaBeouf also admitted to having a brief romance with Hilary Duff.[57]

Legal troubles

Early in the morning of November 4, 2007, a security guard asked LaBeouf to leave a Chicago Walgreens; after refusing to do so, LaBeouf was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing.[58] The criminal charges were dropped on December 12, 2007.[59]
In March 2008, an arrest warrant was issued for LaBeouf, after he failed to make a court appearance. The hearing was in relation to a ticket he had received for unlawful smoking in Burbank, California, in February 2008. When neither LaBeouf nor a lawyer appeared at the court, at 8:30 a.m., a $1000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest.[60] However, the court commissioner in California recalled this warrant on March 19, 2008, after the actor’s attorney arrived a day late to plead not guilty on LaBeouf's behalf, and a pre-trial hearing was set for April 24, 2008.[61] The charge was dismissed, after the actor paid a $500 fine.[62]
At approximately 3 A.M. on July 27, 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car crash, at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. His Ford F-150 was hit from the side by a vehicle running a red light.[63] LaBeouf had been gripping the top of the windowsill as he drove and, upon impact, the truck rolled onto his exposed left hand, crushing it.[64] While responding to the accident, police officers smelled alcohol on LaBeouf's breath.[65] Because he refused a breathalyzer examination, authorities arrested LaBeouf at the scene for misdemeanor drunk driving, and his driver's license was suspended for one year.[66][67][68] Michael Bay stated that LaBeouf had been drinking hours before the car accident and he had felt that, by the time the accident had occurred, the alcohol had worn off.[39] LaBeouf had to undergo one of many hand surgeries immediately after the accident.[63] His passenger, Isabel Lucas, and the driver and passenger in the other car suffered only minor injuries.[67][69][70] Due to severe damages from the accident, LaBeouf's truck was totaled; his father keeps the vehicle at his home as a memento.[65] Two days later, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman announced that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident as the other driver had run a red light.[66][71] LaBeouf returned to the set of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, at this time, and shooting resumed.[72] In September of that year, LaBeouf described the car accident as being "eye-opening and terrifying."[73] He said that, as a result of the injuries, he had screws and plates put in his left hand; there is also scarring.[64] A screw was placed in one of his knuckles, and he had a shaved piece of bone from his hip made into a bone for his finger.[64] In April 2009, he stated he had undergone three hand surgeries. He said that he would regain "probably about 80-something percent" use of his hand and, while he would be able to make a fist again, "there’s a knuckle [I will] never be able to move again."[64] In May 2010, he said that he has "completely" regained movement in his fingers.[74] In June 2011, in an interview in Details magazine, he claimed that he and Isabel Lucas were "philandering around" before the accident occurred.[75]
In the early morning of February 5, 2011, he was involved in an altercation with another patron at the Mad Bull's Tavern bar in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, which resulted in the actor getting punched in the face.[76] Both LaBeouf and the unnamed patron were placed in handcuffs and questioned by a Los Angeles Police Department officer but later released with no arrest being made.[77]

On December 17th, 2013 LaBeouf's critically acclaimed short film Howard Cantour.com became available online when bloggers and newspapers familiar with indie comics noticed its remarkable resemblance to Justin M. Damiano, a 2007 comic by Ghost World creator Dan Clowes. [88] The short film was suddenly removed by LaBeouf, who claimed that he wasn not “copying” Clowes, but rather was “inspired” by him and “got lost in the creative process.” LaBeouf later issued several apologies via Twitter, writing "In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation", and "I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work". Clowes responded by saying "The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf ... I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."[89]

Religion

In 2004, LaBeouf contributed an essay to the book I Am Jewish, by Judea Pearl, in which LaBeouf stated that he has a "personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism".[90] He has described himself as Jewish.[91] In 2007, LaBeouf detailed that religion "never made sense" to him.[9]

Tattoos

LaBeouf has three tattoos, which are: 1986–2004 on his inner right wrist, a dog paw tattoo on his upper left arm, and a hand with a shackle on it on his left upper side torso.[92][93] He got the tattoo on his wrist as a "precautionary" to not forget his childhood.[92] LaBeouf described the upper side torso tattoo as "an artist drawing his own prison. Just life. That's where I'm at".[92]
 

Filmography

Film
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1998 The Christmas Path Cal
1998 Monkey Business Wyatt
1998 Breakfast with Einstein Joey Television film
1999 "Freaks and Geeks" The Mascot Television Show
2001 Hounded Ronny van Dussel Television film
2002 Tru Confessions Eddie Walker Television film
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Kelly Ernswiler
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Max Petroni
2003 The Even Stevens Movie Louis Stevens Television film
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Lewis
2003 Holes Stanley "Caveman" Yelnats IV
2004 I, Robot Farber
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Francis Ouimet
2005 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Asbel Voice only
Animated film
2005 English dubbing[78][79]
2005 Constantine Chas Kramer
2006 Bobby Cooper
2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Young Dito
2007 Disturbia Kale Brecht
2007 Surf's Up Cody Maverick Voice only
Animated film
2007 Transformers Sam Witwicky
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III
2008 Eagle Eye Jerry Shaw/Ethan Shaw
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Sam Witwicky
2009 New York, I Love You Jacob
2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Jacob "Jake" Moore
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Sam Witwicky
2012 The Wettest County in the World Jack Bondurant Post-production
Series television
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1998 Caroline in the City Ethan Episode: "Caroline and the Bar Mitzvah"
1999 Jesse Moe Episode: "Momma Was a Rollin' Stone"
1999 Suddenly Susan Ritchie Episode: "A Day in the Life"
1999 Touched by an Angel Johnny Episode: "The Occupant"
1999 The X-Files Richie Lupone Episode: "The Goldberg Variation"
2000 ER Darnel Smith Episode: "Abby Road"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Herbert the mascot Episode: "We've Got Spirit"
2000–2003 Even Stevens Louis Stevens All episodes
2001 The Nightmare Room Dylan Pierce Episode: "Scareful What You Wish For"
2002 The Proud Family Johnny McBride Episode: "I Love You Penny Proud"
Voice only
Animated series

 





















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