actor Shia LaBeouf was someone willing to do anything to break into the industry. But with other aspiring actors out there pursuing the same roles, he knew the competition was stiff. A way the Even Stevens Alum got ahead of the competition by lying to them to get them to walk out of his auditions.
Shia LaBeouf told other actors that he won the role during the audition just to get them to quit
LaBeouf was willing to fight a little dirty at a young age to ensure his success. Before he made it big with transformers, the actor found himself auditioning for movie roles against other hungry young actors. But he had no intention of letting these other hopefuls spoil his chances and was determined to surpass them by any means necessary. Even if that meant lying to her.
“You know, for my first few auditions, I always liked it, I got there two hours early. I would lie to all the other people in the waiting room and tell them that I had already booked the role and that I was going to do chemistry tests with the other actors. And the actors got up and left the waiting room,” LaBeouf said Kevin McCarthy. “I was sort of the only guy to audition, so they had to hire me.”
However, LaBeouf didn’t lose any sleep over his tactics. The superstar made it clear that he wasn’t in the entertainment business at the time to make friends.
“I was very competitive. Some guys go to auditions and say, ‘Hey man, nice to see you again.’ And you pretty much see everyone at every audition. I’ve never been friendly to anyone. It was like, ‘Look, we’ve got the same piece of meat again, dude. Sit over there and leave me alone,'” he added.
Shia LaBeouf lied to other actors about getting the role of Even Stevens
Shia LaBeouf used these tactics even then audition for Even Stevens. But this time there were witnesses who corroborated the story. The cast for Even Stevens recently came together for a virtual reunion via Zoom. The reunion was posted on Co-Star Christy Carlson Romanos Youtube channel and featured most of the original cast without LaBeouf. The special told a story about LaBeouf lying to other actors to secure his position Even Stevens.
“I feel like [Shia] told me this story or maybe Matt [Dearborn, Even Stevens creator and EP] or someone told me this story that it was the auditions for Louis Stevens and Shia comes into the waiting room and starts introducing himself to all the other child actors who are auditioning for Louis and says, “Hey, I’m Shia, I’m Louis Stevens.” play,'” recalled actor AJ Trauth.
“It’s a true story,” added producer David Brookwell. “Someone came out of the lobby … and said, ‘Hey, Shia says he got the part, and there’s another group of parents who are upset.’ So we had to pull him aside and say, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you know, I got the part, right?’”
Shia LaBeouf convinced the “Call Me By Your Name” screenwriter with his audition
LaBeouf may have lied to other actors to win auditions. But the star had nothing to do with that call me by your name. As most know, Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet co-starred in the 2017 summer romantic film. It was directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory. But Ivory recently revealed that if it were up to him, LaBeouf would have starred in the film instead of Hammer.
“He was approached for the role of Oliver. I had my doubts. I didn’t know much about him so I watched some of his films. He’s an extremely good actor,” said Ivory GQ.
Despite Ivory’s initial doubts, LaBeouf was given the opportunity to test himself for the role. Here he exceeded expectations with his audition.
“Shia came to New York with Timothée Chalamet to read for us and paid for his own plane ticket, and Luca and I were blown away. The reading of the two young actors had been sensational; they made a very compelling hot couple,” he continued.
Unfortunately, LaBeouf was later fired due to all his scandals.
“But Shia was also dropped. He’d had bad publicity. He had argued with his girlfriend; he’d fended off the police somewhere when they tried to calm him down,” Ivory continued.
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/shia-labeouf-told-actors-won-roles-make-quit-auditions.html/ Shia LaBeouf once told other actors that he won their roles to get them to quit auditioning