Shia LaBeouf’s recent bizarre behavior may surprise some fans of the once-wide-eyed “Even Stevens” star, who first became a household name when he starred on the Disney series at the age of 10.
But a look at LaBeouf’s time in the limelight shows that strange behavior is nothing new for the former child star.
Here’s at the 27-year-old actor's strangest antics through the years:
Back in Feb. 2005, the actor was reportedly charged with assault with a deadly weapon when he went after a neighbor with a knife and rammed into his neighbor’s car with his own. LaBeouf reportedly lost his temper when he pulled up to his garage and the neighbor blocked his path while he finished a conversation.
Late-night Walgreens fix
In 2007, LaBeouf got into a legal snafu when he went to a Walgreens store three separate times while he was “pretty wasted” one night at around 4 a.m. The actor described the incident to David Letterman, explaining that he meant to go to the drug store to purchase cigarettes but kept getting distracted and buying different things. He then repeatedly changed his clothing and returned to the same store, causing the security at the store to grow suspicious and ask him to leave. He was charged with criminal misdemeanor trespassing. “Drinking and driving is one thing, but drinking and shopping ... it's just as bad," he quipped to Letterman. The charge was later dropped.
But in March 2008, LaBeouf’s troubles reached a new level when he failed to appear at a court hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The “Transformers” star was set to deal with a ticket he’d received for unlawful smoking. The warrant went away when his lawyer showed up in court the next day and pleaded not guilty on his behalf. He eventually paid a $500 fine for the incident.
In 2011, the actor’s temper got the best of him, which led to a series of bar brawls. The first took place in Los Angeles, and LaBeouf was punched in the face. Police intervened and the star was briefly detained, the Hollywood Reporter noted. Later that year, in Canada, the actor got into another altercation when he and another patron at a bar reportedly began fighting and were ousted by security. Outside, TMZ obtained a video of the actor getting pummeled by the other patron and trying to chase him down.
Acid acting research
In 2012, the star shocked many when he told USA Today he took acid to prepare for his role in “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.” Previously, Shia had spoken out against drugs, explaining he had a rough upbringing as his father struggled to break his heroin addiction. To make matters worse, in a 2013 Vulture interview, director Fredrik Bond revealed that if LaBeouf was trying to prep for the film, he actually took the wrong drug. “So, Shia said he took acid?” the director told the mag. “I didn't know he went out and said that. But it was always ecstasy in the script." Oops.
Broadway and Baldwin breakup
In 2013, LaBeouf was dropped from the Broadway play “Orphans” because he couldn’t get along with fellow Hollywood hothead Alec Baldwin. The two actors clashed and Shia took things to the next level when he posted emails about the end of his Broadway run on Twitter, placing the blame on his bad blood with Baldwin.
In 2014, LaBeouf was accused of plagiarism, which he later apologized for—and was then accused of plagiarizing his apology.
He also announced he was “retiring from public life,” and then popped back up to feud with Jim Carrey over a quip the actor made about LaBeouf at the Golden Globes. For the past three weeks, he has dedicated his Twitter account to simply posting the phrase “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.” (Is it just us, or is that slightly reminiscent of Amanda Bynes’ Drake phase?)
Paper bag press
This past weekend, he appeared at the Berlinale International Film Festival with a paper bag over his head. He then answered one press question, speaking about sardines—yes, sardines—and walked out.