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This Month's Reading Superstar!

Shia LeBeouf

Background:  Shia LeBeouf, 19, is an actor who got his start on the Disney Channel show "Even Stevens." He then went on to play Stanley Yelnats in Holes and has starred in several other movies. His latest is The Greatest Game Ever Played, in which he played amateur golf legend Francis Ouimet. The movie is based on the book of the same name.

Photo credit: Jonathan Wenk.  © 2005 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

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RIF: Did you read the book The Greatest Game Ever Played before you got the part?

Shia LeBeouf: I read it after. It's an amazing story. Bill [Paxton, the director] and Mark [Frost, the author and screenwriter] really did their research and the writing is just impeccable. Mark's writing style is just gorgeous, just the way he puts it together is great. I like the line "One David against two Goliaths." It's just poetry.

RIF: Is it harder to play someone who actually existed?

SL: Absolutely. It's more responsibility. There's no room for mistakes. There's less imagination and more fact. It's a lot of pressure.

RIF: With Holes, did you like making a movie based on a book?

SL: Yeah, I did. I like good stories and a lot of times scripts don't turn out good stories. Good authors turn out good stories. Louis Sachar wrote the story and the script. When that happens, you can bet the story will be just as good in film. He was on set every day and monitoring every move and mannerism. 

RIF: Was it hard to have the writer or screenwriter on set?

SL: No, I enjoy it because I tend to ad-lib a lot. Having Mark Frost on set helped because the 1930s vocabulary (when the movie was set) was different. It's nice to have him there for small things that arent in the script that you want to know as an actor.

RIF: Are you a reader in your free time?

SL: Yeah, I read a lot. Now I read a lot of true crime books. My parents used to read to me when I was little, too.

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