"What went on in Georgia was mortifying", LaBeouf says, reflecting on the incident. "White privilege and desperation and disaster", LaBeouf said. It came from a place of self-centered delusion ... Zachary Gottsagen, the lead actor in the film, was disappointed in LaBeouf for getting arrested while the movie was being made and potentially ruining the actor's shot.
"I f-ed up", he added simply.
At a police station, LaBeouf was caught on camera telling a black police officer that he was "going straight to hell, straight to hell, bro".
"My dad handed me a lot, and his legacy was an emotional one", he says.
He was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness (though the final charge was later dropped), and ordered to pay fines, complete hours of community service, enroll in anger management courses, attend ten weeks of rehab and spend a year on probation.
Shia LaBeouf was a blockbuster star on the rise before a series of erratic public outbursts almost derailed his career.
"You're already famous. This is my chance". If you're looking to borrow a few flourishes from this look yourself, it's worth noting that the aforementioned Esquire chat reveals LaBeouf has a preference for pieces with "personal history", something we could all probably use a bit more of in our wardrobes.
On how his behavior has effected his work: "I'm run out". "'Cause I was still fighting".
"I've got to look at my failures in the face for a while". They don't release these!' Just on my defense-mechanism-fear garbage. He keeps it one thousand with you, and that shit doesn't even make sense to him.
LaBeouf says his offscreen conduct made him a liability in Hollywood, and that it has become hard for him to book new roles, despite being hailed as the "Best Actor for the Buck" in the late aughts.
"I'm like, 'Go for it, my guy". "Around the same time, I took my mother to his concert... Most of my life", he explained. "The truth is, in my desperation, I lost the plot".
To his credit, LaBeouf pulled no punches on himself in his Esquire interview, confessing his drunken outbursts were nothing to be proud of.