You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful.— Shia LaBeouf
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Clubs are so lame. Nobody even dances at these clubs. They stand around and get drunk and they schmooze. There is no enjoyment factor.
I got to grow up in a situation where drugs were demonic.
To watch your dad go through heroin withdrawal is something that would keep you from doing any of that yourself.
I like the dark, mysterious, maybe even gothic type girls.
They have to have a good personality too! I'm very picky!
To be an actor, a true actor, you have to be brokenhearted.
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.
I'm constantly jumping off cliffs and developing my wings on the way down.
... It's a gamble, a ... spiritual gamble. You are who you choose to be.
I don't have to live this lavish lifestyle.
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.
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.
I've learned to be more reserved, watch what I'm saying;
I got in a little bit of trouble. People tell me 'Never lose that, never lose that,' but then I get in trouble so I have to lose it. I'm trying to keep a little bit; I'm never going to lose who I am, I just gotta tone it down a little bit.
It's good filmmaking when you don't have to say anything and you can still tell the story.
There is no grand strategy. My sensibilities push me in a certain direction. Other actors have different sensibilities. That's all. I think it really is that simple. There's no grand strategy. There are so many variables that I have no control over. I sign on to movies I want to watch, as a fan.
My humor came from seeing my parents have sex, smoke weed, my mom being naked - just weird hippie stuff, twisted R-rated humor.
I understand why marriages break up over golf.
I can't even talk about my own handicap because it's too upsetting.
I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure.
I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn't matter to me. My favorite actors aren't Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he's amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman.
Talent is to actors what luck is to card players.
Its not really anything; its 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.
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.
Having emotional connections to things that don't really exist, like looking at a green ball and really loving that green ball, and being sad whether it's around or not. Stuff like that. I've never done acting at this level before so it was a huge challenge for me. It was a hurdle to overcome just to survive.
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!
There's a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there's a way to be on acid. What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that electric chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to.
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 was in a relationship with a girl I loved for three years.
Where do you go after three years? Then you've got to start thinking about other things, and I'm too young to think about those things.
My family, my parents are hippies.
No, I come for a hippy lifestyle, it's very open; my parents are both hippies.
People think that their vote counts. They go to college, and everything gets mixed up. People stop caring, ... They raise the gas prices, but what the Everyman makes and welfare never seem to keep up. The HMO system is so ridiculous. I'm slightly educated. No one wants to hear what Hilary Duff thinks of the economy.
I've spent more on my Dodger tickets that I did on my car.
The big thing for actors is the level of commitment.
So, if you know something's already happened, there's not a whole lot of whys and hows that go down. You just innately commit 'cause it happened. It does help with commitment.
There's beauty in people who reinvent themselves.
Actors live a thousand lives, as do hackers ... the personality can play around forever.
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'm 20 years old. I was in a relationship with a girl I love for three years. Where do you go after three years? Then you've got to start thinking about other things, and I'm too young to think about those things.
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.
Child actors become types. The cutesy type, the funny type, the dark type. Any time you're a type, your career's over. It's not been effortless for me; I've had bumps in the road, you know? I was in Dumb And Dumberer. It's not been a flawless thing so far. But all in all, I'm proud of it. Most proud of it because of the diversity. Because the genres are different.
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 enjoy what I'm able to give my family.
The best movies are simple.
Nobody makes movies like Oliver Stone.
Sometimes perception is almost more important than the skill level of an actor.
And if you give too much away, you have nothing to take for yourself and put onscreen. If people feel like they know you too well, they won't be able to indentify with the character you're trying to portray. Or they'll feel that you're just playing yourself, and then you just become a personality actor. And that's the death of any actor.
There's never been a parent in my life.
It's fun right now, and I love it right now, but I don't know where I'm going to be tomorrow, 'cause I'm not psychic. But I know that over the last 10 years, acting has been the only joy, this has been - it's strange to say, 'cause the thinking is off. But this is more important than my hobbies, my family, my love, my friends. It's the most important thing in the world to me.
To my mind, talent doesn't really exist.
Talent is like a card player's luck. It is motivation, ambition, and luck. It's just a drive to be the best. I think acting is a con game.
By studying psychology i want to be a better actor.
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 love doing stuff that I haven't done before. That's the goal: To keep reinventing myself.
Look, you're on the set for six months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them. I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing.
If you can mix Hilary Duff and Gary Oldman into the same actor, that's my goal.
I know it's strange to think about, but that's the goal.
Any time you're a type, your career's over.
You have to be a master to teach.
I was doing stand up comedy when I was 11, that's how I got started;
not because I wanted to do comedy, but because we were broke, living in Echo Park in Downtown Los Angeles, from 1986, I saw the Rodney King riots; my parents didn't really work. But I wanted a new backpack, that's how I got into this business - I wanted a new backpack.
When the ship is sinking and you're forced to choose sides, the new solution is to jump from island to island to island. You don't have to pick.
If you're trying to learn how to act from a class, you're analyzing the teachers' movements and their intricacies, and it becomes like a pantomime of you wanting to be them, and that's wrong. Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin. It's your own imagination, and your own version of it.
Never wanted to do anything else than acting ever in my life.
But I'm 20, and there's so many possibilities. It would be insane for me to say, "Yeah this is definitely it, I'm never doing anything else." I'm 20 years old. I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know anything about life. So I don't know. I may be a train conductor in 10 years. I have no idea. And that's the joy of this all.