If you haven’t heard, Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Georgia last summer. He was belligerently mouthing off to various police officers, calling them “bitch” “whore,” and even yelling at one officer about how his wife watches porn about “licking a black dick.”
LaBeouf recently did an interview with Esquire where he says that he is now sober, and has been conducting months of practice interviews with a therapist in order to prepare for a public discussion about his conduct.
“What went on in Georgia was mortifying. White privilege and desperation and disaster … It came from a place of self-centered delusion … It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for getting arrested. I fucked up.”
At the time of LaBeouf’s arrest he was filming The Peanut Butter Falcon which is about a young man with down syndrome who leaves the nursing home where he lives in order to pursue his dreams of being a professional wrestler. When Zachary Gottsagen, the star of the film who actually lives with down syndrome, confronted LaBeouf about the incident LaBeouf says it changed his life.
“To hear him say that he was disappointed in me probably changed the course of my life,” LaBeouf says. “’Cause I was still fighting. I was still on my ‘Look how fast they released the videos! They don’t release these!’ Just on my defense-mechanism-fear garbage. And you can’t do that to him. He keeps it one thousand with you, and that shit doesn’t even make sense to him. Zack can’t not shoot straight, and bless him for it, ’cause in that moment, I needed a straight shooter who I couldn’t argue with.”
LaBeouf says that due to his erratic behavior he has had a very difficult time booking acting roles.