How LaBeouf got sober
Shia LaBeouf knows he has a terrible reputation, said Danny Leigh in The Guardian. “On paper, I’m a f--k-up,” concedes LaBeouf, 33. After blossoming from child stardom into a leading man, LaBeouf derailed his career with erratic, booze-fueled behavior and several confrontations with police. He nearly ruined his most recent film, which he says was also his most challenging: playing a supporting role alongside Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, in The Peanut Butter Falcon. “This didn’t feel safe,” LaBeouf says. “This felt like lighting yourself on fire.” The two bonded while filming, staying up at night watching wrestling on TV and indulging in vices—for Gottsagen, ice cream; for LaBeouf, gin. Then one night, LaBeouf got arrested for public drunkenness, and a video of him ranting at a black officer went viral. On the set the next day, he recalls, “I can’t look anyone in the eye. I know my life has exploded again, and I am in deep shame.” Gottsagen confronted him, telling LaBeouf he’d potentially ruined his one chance to star in a film. Both men cried, and LaBeouf pledged to stop drinking. He’s still sober, thanks partly to Gottsagen’s influence. “I look to him and I know I need to switch my life up,” LaBeouf says.