It’s not easy being a child actor.  We’ve seen too many cautionary tales of young performers trying vainly to make the jump into adult roles.  We cry when they die (Brad Renfro, Dana Plato), watch with morbid fascination when they flounder (Corey Feldman, Corey Haim) and cheer when they succeed (Ron Howard, Jodie Foster).  If there is any former child actor whose talent and charisma have already helped him make this transition a hugely successful one, it is Shia LaBeouf” [continue reading this article by Andy Williamson at]