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SHIA LaBEOUF

A young actor with so much behind him.

Shia LaBeouf has been in an impressive number of films, including Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry met Lloyd (2003), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Shia has an interesting family background. His father is a Vietnam Veteran who has worked as a mime in a circus, a rodeo clown and a stand-up comedian. He’s of Cajun origin. Shia’s New York-born mother is Jewish and was once a jewellery designer. As a result, Shia’s name is an interesting mix of these two influences: “Shia” is Hebrew for “light of God”; and his surname (which is pronounced “labuff”) is a Cajun version of the French word “le boeuf”, which means “the beef”.

Shia grew up in Los Angeles. For his first “job” in the entertainment business (at the age of two), he was dressed in a clown suit, promoting his father’s hot dog stand. “My embarrassment factor didn’t exist”, he says, looking back at those days. Later, Shia performed in local comedy clubs, developing his routine as an “insult” comic – insulting members of the audience. Within a short time, ten-year-old Shia became known as the kid with the foulest language.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (197) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 15 useful slang expressions so you can understand native speakers, songs, films and TV series better. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about chocolate and cooking, 12 useful words and expressions for describing graphs and charts, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Food – chocolate. • Grammar – relative clauses (who, that). • Typical errors – error correction. • Art – airbrushing. • History – JFK versus Lincoln. • Language – how to learn idioms. • Politics – Winston Churchill. • Finance – Wall Street. • Cinema – Shia LaBeouf. • Business – how to start a business. • Marketing – ambush marketing. • Accents – the Scottish accent. • Architecture – buildings of the future. • Words – oxymorons. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!