Happy birthday Shia LaBeouf!
The outspoke actor, artist and Trump critic turned 32 on Monday, capping off what’s been another tumultuous year for the Transformers star.
After a racist rant directed towards police went viral following an arrest last summer, LaBeouf recently told Esquire that he’s turning over a new leaf and taking steps towards getting sober.
He’s also been seen working on his new movie Honey Boy, a semi-autobiographical tale about his own childhood.
From his Trump protests, artistic experiments and arrests, the following is a rundown of LaBeouf’s biggest headline making moments:
Playing His Dad in a Movie
LaBeouf is playing his own father in the loosely autobiographical movie Honey Boy, which he co-wrote. Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges will star as a young LaBeouf in the film that follows a former child star attempting to mend his relationship with his alcohol-abusing father, according to Variety.
The 31-year-old actor was recently spotted on the set of the new film looking completely unrecognizable with long hair extensions and a balding cap. The actor also sported bushy sideburns and large circular glasses to complete the transformation.
The Georgia Arrest
In the April issue of Esquire, LaBeouf gave his first-sit down interview since his “mortifying” 2017 arrest — during which he went on a racist and expletive-laced tirade at police officers.
“What went on in Georgia was mortifying,” he remarked to Esquire, calling it a mixture of “white privilege and desperation and disaster.”
At the time of his arrest last July, LaBeouf was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, although the former charge was later dropped. In October, the actor pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction. After footage of the incident was released online showing the actor’s foul-mouthed tantrum while resisting arrest, LeBeouf apologized for his behavior, calling the incident “a new low,” and adding that he was “actively taking steps toward securing” sobriety.
The Bartender Lawsuit
Last May, he was sued for defamation and assault in a $5 million lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles bartender, whom he reportedly called a “racist.”
According to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, on Apr. 5, LaBeouf — who was accompanied by wife Mia Goth — got into a verbal altercation with staffers at Jerry’s Famous Deli, after bartender David Bernstein refused to serve LaBeouf and Goth a drink, allegedly because they were already too intoxicated.
LaBeouf’s attorney Brian Wolf told PEOPLE at the time that the lawsuit is “baseless” and that they would be seeking dismissal of the case.
The Trump Protest Moves Overseas
After both the New York and New Mexico locations of his anti-Trump art installation HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US were shut down, LaBeouf and his collaborators Rönkkö & Turner announced last March that they were relaunching the project overseas.
The livestream protest has been moved to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, U.K.
“Events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist,” the trio said in a statement on FACT’s …read more