Shia LaBeouf Explains 'Mortifying' Arrest, 'White Privilege'-Fueled Tirade

Lula Sharp
March 14, 2018

The Transformers star hit headlines in July (17), when he was busted for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and obstruction during a night out in Savannah, where he had been shooting the film The Peanut Butter Falcon.

Around 4 a.m. on a Saturday night, a drunken LaBeouf approached two pedestrians, asking to bum a cigarette.

LaBeouf, who has a history of legal trouble, subsequently issued a public apology, insisting he was "deeply ashamed" of his behaviour, which served as motivation for him to work on his sobriety. When Kanye went to LaBeouf's house to discuss possible art collaborations, he asked if he could have some of his clothes for a pop-up shop.

Over the past couple of years, LaBeouf's style, a mix of military, athleisure, and (mostly) normcore-what he calls "blue collar"-has become a fixation among men's-wear enthusiasts".

On his arrest in Georgia, where he went on a tirade to police: "What went on in Georgia was mortifying. White privilege and desperation and disaster", LaBeouf said. It came from a place of self-centered delusion...

"It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for getting arrested.I f***ed up".

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He candidly added, "I f-ked up".

Shia LaBeouf was a blockbuster star on the rise before a series of erratic public outbursts almost derailed his career.

He said: 'My public outbursts are failures. "They're not strategic. They're a struggling motherf-ker showing his a- in front of the world". I was still on my 'Look how fast they released the videos!

"The first time I got arrested with a real charge, it stemmed from the same s**t".

In a self-reflective interview that spanned from his conception to the most recent events in his life, LaBeouf talked about some of his highlights, past traumas, and regrets, along with some opportunities he passed on - including The Social Network. "Some guy bumped into my mother's auto with his vehicle in a parking lot, and my head went right to 'You need to avenge your mother!' So I went after the dude with a knife". So I went after the dude with a knife [but didn't use it].I've always thought somebody was coming in. "The truth is, in my desperation, I lost the plot". When I brought her backstage, he was a fucking sweetheart to her. And it just felt fair.

LaBeouf is next set to star in Borg McEnroe, which follows the great tennis rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and American tennis icon John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf). He took all my f-ing clothes. So I'm like, 'Go for it, my guy. "Take everything you want'".

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