He didn’t do it all himself of course. Big ups to the ShiLa Capital Management team, handpicked by the thespian from their posts at the Encino Charles Schwab office, Citi and John Thomas Financial.
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Hours upon hours of (not) studying for the CFA. Months spent texting with Bloomberg. 53 mock interviews with Goldman Sachs. It’s all come together. For this moment.
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Hours shadowing BSD’s on the trading floor. Months riding the highs and crashing the lows of having an online brokerage account. Countless meetings with Goldman Sachs executives. It’s all come together. For this moment.
If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times. Rest assured that this coming April, when we finally get to see Shia LaBeouf in Money Never Sleeps, we can breathe easy knowing that this will not be the performance of some two-bit actor who knows nothing about Wall Street but a market moving BSD who’s sucked it all in and is currently deciding whether his next project will be a rom-com, running a Citadel spin-off Ken Griffin’s dying to land him for, or starting his own shop (potential investors: act quickly and he’ll trim his fees for the first $2bn in AUM with an 8-year lockup). Not only does the Level 1 CFA candidate have his own E*Trade account, read the Wall Street Journal every single day, trade on his cell phone, have Bloomberg on speed dial and “lots of friends in lots of places,” but he’s been briefed on what’s considered a dealbreaker when it comes to landing a coveted gig with Goldman Sachs. And now, he wants to share that wisdom with you.
So I was getting a haircut after lunch today (York Barbershop, 71st and Lex), and Oliver Stone & co. walked in to inspect the place. According to my barber, they’re shooting MNS there, presumably all day, on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. However, I overheard murmurs that it might be too cramped, in which case the Waldorf barbershop would be a contender. No word on how this affects Shia’s helmet hair.
In case there was any doubt as to whether or not Shia LaBeouf is a big boy trader now, the Money Never Sleeps star has confirmed that he is indeed the market moving BSD you imagined. Also, he apparently knows “everything” there is to know about this shit, so if anyone’s looking for a little guidance, be it hot insider trading tips or which type of estrogen pills will get your tits looking just right, feel free to give him a buzz. (Once he passes the Level 1 CFA exam in December, which our sources at the institute tell us he’s hard at working studying for, it won’t even be fair. Potential investors: act quickly and he’ll trim his fees for the first $2bn in AUM with an 8-year lockup.)
The actor…says he knew nothing about the financial world when he was first cast by Oliver Stone, so he walked into a brokerage firm and asked for help — and soon got so hooked, it has become the biggest part of his life.
The actor says he used $20,000 to study the markets. “As of this morning, that’s $297,000,” he said.
“I manage my own portfolio. I check through the day, read the daily Wall Street Journal, trade personally on my cellphone, text people throughout the day, carry my laptop on the set, have Bloomberg on speed-dial. I now have lots of friends in lots of places.”
For those of you worrying the Money Never Sleeps actor would just be spouting lines about the market without the faintest clue as to what he was talking about, fear not. According to director Oliver Stone, ShiLa really gets this stuff. Sayeth Stone:
“[I'm in the market]…but I don’t play it like the [pros]. Or like Shia. As a result of this movie, Shia’s really learned. He’s into it. He trades daily. He and Josh discuss the market between takes.”