The Kid Gets the Picture

With a name like LaBeouf, he must be good

Armando Gallo / Retna

Shia LaBeouf

One week shy of his 21st birthday in June, Shia LaBeouf spent a morning learning to drive bizarre, top-secret vehicles alongside Harrison Ford. This fantasy gig started, as Hollywood fairy tales often do, with a summons to Steven Spielberg's office two months earlier. "Steven said, 'You ever seen Indiana Jones?'" the boyish-looking actor recounts, while chain smoking outside the Burbank, Calif., strip mall where he buys his daily Boston Market chicken and Robek's fruit smoothie ("The parking lot of dreams," LaBeouf calls his suburban stomping ground). "I said, 'Of course I've seen Indiana Jones.' He said, 'Well, we're making another one,...

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