Did you know that Frankie Muniz and Shia LaBeouf had some kind of historical beef? Apparently, they knew each other back in day, when both were child stars in the early 2000s. To be fair to Muniz, the feud seems to be all in the mind of Shia, who has taken to comparing his career to Frankie’s in interviews throughout the years. Just a few days ago, he name-dropped Muniz again… but I didn’t even think the comment was that horrible. Taken with his previous comments, however, it looks like a bitch pattern:
Even when Shia LaBeouf has six number one movies in a row and a peaking career, he still likes putting down Frankie Muniz. When asked about his success on a radio program on Sept. 30 called ‘The Bert Show,’ LaBeouf opportunistically took a compliment and used it to tweak his longtime nemesis.
“While that’s flattering as hell, you could have put Frankie Muniz into any of the movies I’ve been in and it would’ve still been No.1,” the ‘Transformers’ actor snidely remarked.
The feud between the young actors began back in 2003 when Muniz was hitting his stride as the lead in ‘Malcolm and the Middle,’ and LaBeouf told EW about his feelings about the star child at the time.
“I used to see him at premieres and stuff and it would always be like he was looking down on me, and then it turned into we’re equal, and then it turned into ‘Oh Frankie, I know that guy,’” LaBeouf said in the interview.
The DJ then asked if LaBeouf was concerned that Muniz might hear this and come up to him at a party, and then it got nastier.
“I don’t go to many parties and I don’t really hang out in Frankie Muniz-type zones,” LaBeouf said.
So, obviously, Shia has Muniz issues. Frankie farted on his croissant or something. Or maybe Shia really, really wanted to be Cody Banks. Or maybe Frankie got the car Shia really wanted for himself. Whatever the issue, I do kind of agree that Shia’s film success hasn’t been all about him being a good actor, although I think Transformers would have been really different if it was Malcolm in the Middle rather than Shia.
Anyway, Muniz responded on his Twitter:
Poor Frankie. At one time, he was much cooler than Shia, but now it just seems like Shia (the cool one) is being cruel.