Shia LaBeouf: 'Mortifying Georgia arrest was a wake-up call'

Joann Johnston
March 14, 2018

"Shia LaBeouf is ready to talk about it", reads the headline of Esquire's recent profile of the actor - his first interview since he was arrested in 2017 for racially charged, expletive-laced disorderly conduct in Savannah, Georgia.

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

Before going to rehab, LaBeouf said he met someone who helped make him think about his life differently and put him in a better direction. In a video of LaBeouf's arrest obtained by ET, the actor repeatedly swore at his arresting officers, also telling a black officer that the president "doesn't give a f**k about you, and you wanna do what?"

LaBeouf revealed that since working on the 2010 sequel to Wall Street, he pledged to go for roles that "chase sincerity", alluding to a scene in which he was being outacted by Josh Brolin and was trying to overcompensate. Footage released by TMZ at the time shows LaBeouf bragging about his "millionaire lawyers", singling out a black officer, and saying a white officer's wife watches porn about "licking a black dick".

Reflecting on the summer arrest, he says, "What went on in Georgia was mortifying". "White privilege and desperation and disaster... It was me trying to absolve myself of guilt for getting arrested", LaBeouf admitted. "I f--ed up".

"To hear him say that he was disappointed in me probably changed the course of my life", LaBeouf told the magazine. "My public outbursts are failures. They're not strategic. They're a struggling m--f-- showing his ass in front of the world".

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"I've got to look at my failures in the face for a while", he continues.

'The first time I got arrested with a real charge, it stemmed from the same s***. Most of my life. "The truth is, in my desperation, I lost the plot".

"I'm like, 'Go for it, my guy". So I went after the dude with a knife [but didn't use it].I've always thought somebody was coming in. And finally, "I fucked up". "He took all my fucking clothes".

LaBeouf - who Wednesday girlfriend Mia Goth in 2016 - also compared his public outbursts to those of tennis legend John McEnroe, whom he's set to portray in the upcoming movie "Borg vs. McEnroe".

We already told you this, but just as a reminder: there's a pretty remarkable Shia LaBeouf interview out today.

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