• 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.

    "Shia LaBeouf Sheds His Child Image for The Greatest Game Ever Played". Interview with MovieWeb, September 30, 2005.