Of course, he landed the part, and this is where the moviepicks up with the barely fictionalized version of Shia and his dad. Because hismother lived far from the studio, father and son set up a home of sorts in amotel that was closer to his work. Shia actually paid his father to be hisguardian, which also involved him coming to the set.
There's one difference between the movie and real life: Themovie version of events seeks to resolve things between father and son, to giveaudiences a satisfying arc. But LaBeouf said that back when he was living withhis father, he didn't necessarily want to fix his father.