Shia LaBeouf picks another fight with poor Frankie Muniz

Sept. 20, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Actor SHIA LABEOUF attends the New York premiere of 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre. © Red Carpet Pictures

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.

[From PopEater]

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.

Actor Frankie Muniz poses on the red carpet at the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ ., March 20,2010. UPI/Art Foxall Photo via Newscom

45215, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Monday September 20 2010. Shia LaBeouf at the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps premiere in New York. Photograph:  Darla Khazei,

Looking worn out and tired, actor Shia LaBeouf roles a cigarette and chomps on a banana while taking a break with a young woman on set of Transformers 3, filming on location in Chicago, IL on August 3, 2010 vises  Fame Pictures, Inc

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

47 Responses to “Shia LaBeouf picks another fight with poor Frankie Muniz”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. PrimeO says:

    In the fame game, you never know who’s gonna be up and who’s gonna be down. Shia needs to step off and leave Frankie alone… because who knows where either of them will be in the future. Frankie could have an amazing comeback and Shia will have burned a bridge…

  2. Missfit says:

    lmao @ the comments you made about… “Frankie farted on his croissant or something. Or maybe Shia really, really wanted to be Cody Banks.”

    LEHBOOF needs to get over himself already. I can’t stand it when celebs let the fame get to them and act as if their sh*t don’t stink, uggh.

  3. tango says:

    Get over it Shia. Twelve years is way too long to hold a grudge against someone you didn’t even know just because you **thought** they looked down at you at a film premiere when you were 12 years old. I think Shias pre-teen heart was broken that Frankie didn’t include him in the big boys club and he just can’t let it go.

  4. Missfit says:

    Maybe he secretly has a Frankie Nunez crush? lol

    And good point comment 1 PrimeO

  5. jham says:

    funny thing is if you know anything about Frankie he got involved with real-estate early on and invested wisely. I would be willing to bet that in terms of wealth he still far surpasses Mr. Le-Barf. So money>fame imo

  6. mslewis says:

    Sometimes it’s hard to forget something that happened to you when you were young. I’ve heard many times that Muniz was a real sh!t back in his “Malcolm” days. In fact, his co-stars didn’t like him much. I can imagine him giving the cold shoulder to Shia, the cable actor, back then.

    However, I think Shia needs to just sit back and enjoy his A-list star status and just forget about the days when Little Frankie was Cody Banks. After all, there is no way Frankie Muniz will ever be a major star again. The guy is like 5’2!! He can’t look “down” on anybody ever again!!

    So, Shia, please stop this nonsense. You are looking petty and small. Just forget your teen years and enjoy your stardom. You’re a big boy now.

  7. l says:

    jham- I was going to say the same thing! Frankie is doing JUST FINE. I won’t be shedding any tears for him.
    He just bought a house in a very exclusive Scottsdale neighborhood (near me) and paid CASH. He has been very wise with his money.

  8. gg says:

    Shia thinks this is the Clash of the Baby-Faced Titans and Muniz doesn’t care. Get over yourself, LeSpoof.

  9. argirl says:

    The first time I saw pictures of Shia LaBeouf I thought he was a lesbian. Plus his name does nothing to shed light on his gender. Of course, that was before I saw him move or talk. I cannot for the life of me shake that image now. Poor guy!

  10. truthSF says:

    Bottom line:

    Frankie will always be rich, because he knows how to manage his money and finances, even before he became an adult.

    Shia will only be as rich as long as he makes hit movies, and that’s not saying much, with new talents being discovered everyday.

  11. BethL says:

    Right after “Malcolm”, Frankie left acting by his own choice. I can’t remember why but I do remember him saying he didn’t need the money and is financially secure for the rest of his life. I doubt he’s even thought about Shia or acting in years.

  12. Liana says:

    Frankie didn’t leave acting entirely after “Malcolm” – he did some guest starring turns, including one AWESOME turn on an ep of “Criminal Minds” (True Night) in 2007. He was also Buddy Holly in “Walk Hard” and has a couple films in post production. From all accounts, he was an entitled little shit as a kid, but he grew up into a decent man and my friends at CM said he was great to work with.

    I wonder if Muniz doing a couple of films this year has LeBeouf looking over his shoulder a little bit.

  13. luna says:

    BethL: I was going to say the same thing. Malcolm is one of my favorite shows and from my understanding, Frankie left acting because he wanted to be a race car driver or something like that. If he did invest his money wisely, and with checks he must still be getting for Malcolm being in syndication, he’s probably got it made. Just because he chose not hustle in Hollywood anymore and decided to do other things with his life, doesn’t make Shia cooler or better than him, it just makes him more famous.

    And it does sound petty that for all his success, Shia still feels the need to mention it. Besides, even though I think he’s talented and likable, I find large doses of him to be annoying.

  14. Carrie says:

    Hollywood really, really is the living example of:

    The people you step on as you’re climbing to the top are the same people you encounter as you slide back down to the bottom.

    My bet is that Muniz was a jerk when he was top dog and Shia was the weird little try-hard, and Shia has never forgotten the hurt/shame/anger of it. So now that he is a huge actor, and Muniz is nobody, he is doing these little digs that are meant to be casual but just make him look petty.
    I get it, I think we have all had fantasies about becoming famous or noteworthy and being able to crush the person who always made us feel like crap, but most of us never get the opportunity or outgrow it. Shia has the opportunity and clearly hasn’t outgrown it.

    For the life of me I can’t understand why these people don’t look at all the cautionary tales around them and act like decent people. When your career hits the skids, you need relationships to fall back upon so you can still keep working. Act like a wang and nobody is going to reach out a hand.

  15. neelyo says:

    If you want to see a real entitled brat in action, try and find the PROJECT GREENLIGHT that featured Shia when he was a child actor. I’m not shocked by his behavior at all.

    Before reading this, I couldn’t care less about Frankie Muniz. Now I want him to have a HUGE comeback.

  16. Bopa says:

    Frankie may have been rude, I’ve met plenty of rude celebs that I’m no longer shocked when seemingly nice ones end up being rude in real life. Even if that’s the case Shia needs to move on.

  17. Gigohead says:

    Shia needs to stop this because what he is doing is petty and bitter. Where do you leave people who have forgiven those that have forgiven bigger infractions such as rape or murder. So Shia, put your pettiness away. It does NOT make you a better person.

  18. Shy says:

    I kind of understand Shia. You know how they say that your high school problems stop meaning 15 minutes after you graduate. But still you can grow up but you will always remember your school problems or people that you had problems with. You’ll be 30 or 40 but you still can tell a story how John Smith was mean to you. Or how Nancy Drew sad something…

    Shia was probably going to all those parties and Frankie was Big with Malcolm fame. And Shia was some nerd. And Frankie looked at him from top. The same as Miley Cyrus would look to some star of Disney series that she doesn’t even know. And Shia was offended and remembered it.

    Who knows maybe Shia wanted to hang out with his company and was like: “Hey Frankie, men. I’m Shia. Nice to meet you. I like your show”. And Frankie: “Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I don’t give autographs at parties”. Turns around to his buddies and Shia stands there like idiot…

  19. The Bobster says:

    I never got this LaBoff thing. How did he come out of nowhere? Did he give hummers to a producer or something?

  20. original kate says:

    shia has a case of permanent douche-face.

  21. Brittney says:

    Team Muniz. Between Even Stevens and Malcolm, he was the far better actor… funnier, far less annoying, far more grounded in interviews. I walked out of the first Transformers and watched Eagle Eye on DVD pretty much only to hear Julianne Moore’s uncredited voice as the computer. I’m also pretty sure I caught Muniz on Punk’d awhile ago and was pleasantly surprised by how well he handled the whole thing… though I could be wrong on that one.

  22. serena says:

    Is Shia kind of obsessed with Frankie? I think so..
    Malcolm in the middle was my favourite show, I just loved it and Frankie was great. I don’t know what Shia is angry about but he should relax himself and leave him alone.
    Frankie’s right. This is creepy.

  23. Heat says:

    There musta been some tween-aged drama over Hillary Duff back in the day that never went away.
    Who cares if they have a beef, even if it’s a one-sided beef? Isn’t everyone entitled to dislike someone?
    Does being a celebrity force him to follow some sort of moral compass?

  24. Lindy says:

    Okay, I have to admit: I have never, EVER, ever seen anything remotely interesting, talented, attractive or desirable about Shia. His features are exaggerated and cartoonish, his hair looks way too much like a poodle, and every time he’s opened his mouth he sounds like either a total moron or an entitled jerk.

    Now, I only every saw about two episodes of Malcolm–not my thing at all–and couldn’t care less about Frankie Muniz. But I have to say, these comments make me loathe LeDoof more than ever, and want to root for some sort of awesome comeback for Muniz. Shia has to be in my top three overrated celebs list. Why, oh why, oh why does anyone find him attractive?!

    Feel better having gotten that rant off my chest:)

  25. eja102 says:

    the only thing about shia is his name, and even that’s a stretch.

    team frankie. cody banks was a good movie!

  26. Maritza says:

    Shia is growing to be quite a handsome young man, Malcolm stayed short and just average looking.

  27. vic says:

    I don’t think Frankie is that innocent. I remember an episode of punked where he was acting like a very entitled kid, so I can imagine him being very hurtful to his peers at the height of his fame.

  28. Kate says:

    Call the whambulance! Shia had his wittle feelings hurt 10 years ago and it still pains him very much to this day. Poor wittle guy!

    The fellow doth protest too much methinks.

  29. Ally says:

    Umm, has everyone forgotten about what a little self righteous brat muniz was when he was on top? For god’s sake, he had a 300,000 car when he was 16!?!

  30. California Surfer says:

    Grandma and I enjoy Malcolm in the Middle and Grandma wishes they would have a remake on tv of the eighties show the loveboat.

  31. allison says:

    HAHAHA this is hilarious. Both of them sound like A holes. Especially Shia.

  32. Shay says:

    It’s always fun to know that actors like Shia need a shrink to move beyond their crippled mental states. So 6 successful movies in a row aren’t enough revenge for him, against any alleged wrong that was done to him?
    Even if Muniz shat on his shoe, the way Shia goes on about it is pretty wussy if you ask me. But hey, no huge deal. It’s not that shocking for Hollywood when normal humans transform morph into a**holes.
    Of course it’s interesting why Shia’s success in Hollywood is more about who he knows rather than his talent.

  33. Lucinda says:

    Who cares if Frankie was a jerk?? Shia looks like an ass bringing this nonsense up repeatedly. As a celebrity he is not required to be a nice guy. And certainly he’s entitled to his hurt feelings. But in general, when you air your dirty laundry, you just look stupid.

  34. Vicky Corday says:

    Shia is being needlessly bitter just because Frankie was born cute. He has made up for it by having a jaw constructed, and a chin implant since “Even Stevens”, but I guess it’s easier to take shots while looking down one’s rhinoplasty.

  35. Confuzzle says:

    Is Sheeeeyaaaa sad because Frankie took his chin? Lame little douche. 😆

  36. Zoe says:

    It really is shocking how immature all of this really is. Shia is obviously at a point in his career where he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone, especially Frankie Muniz. That he doesn’t realize that and/or that it isn’t enough is so petty. Get a self-esteem.

  37. Chris says:

    Frankie is to Shia what Lars Ulrich is to Dave Mustaine. 🙂

  38. Lita says:

    That top pic of Frankie Muniz is quite good though – not in an OMG the HOT way but still, good. I saw some pics of him a bit ago and he was just so plain, with a dose of bad-looking and a smidge of douche thrown in. I think he was posing and flexing his muscles for TMZ. Blearg. Maybe he’s one of those people that starts to look better again in their late 20’s or 30’s? Have to say as well I like his tweet, amusing.

  39. Shy says:

    CELEBITCHY – you used the wrong pictures 🙂 The feud started when they were teens right? At Movieline there is perfect picture of this two nerds when they were 13 or something. Perfectly suits the story 🙂

  40. dvz says:

    Yeah, but as “poor” Frankie has pointed out himself, he was worth over 40 million when he “retired” in his teenage years. Check out his twatter, Frankie doesn’t get all of this animosity either.

  41. finks says:

    Frankie did not give him the courtesy of a reach around

  42. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Chris, ouch! I think Shia is a hot, too young for me piece, but he needs to keep his trap shut. He’s talking the hot away. Maybe he learned that from Megan Fox?

  43. nickynoneck says:

    Shia just got cooler in my books , frankie muniz came off as such dick when he went through the buying cars phase .

  44. Dizzybenny says:

    LeDouche should calm down he’s an awfull actor thats been in big hits but NOT because of him.
    I Robot…because of Will Smith and FX
    Transformers 1&2….FX and Megan Fox(i guess i could have put Megan in the FX category)
    Indiana Jones 4….Harrison Ford and FX.
    Wall Street 2….Michael Douglas.
    He might be the most bankable young actor right now but it’s all smoke and mirrors.
    As for Muniz last i had heard he quit acting to become a race car driver.
    And if he was an *ss to Shia 12 years ago,I’ll blame it on that he was young(14-16 years old?)But for Shia,he should be more mature about it because once the ”cuteness” runs out he better have his acting skills sharp if he wants to survive in the business!

  45. anon1 says:

    It looks like he’s called Shia LaDouche for a reason.

  46. Arianna says:

    god damn i miss malcolm in the middle

    also shia can be a little bitch to me any day

  47. nel says:

    OHHH im sooo ashamed of myself.
    i went to see wall street 2 and now i have the hots for shia… he looks really reallly fk-able in the movie. im serious!!!

    and ive never really liked him EVER!