'Transformers' star tells Jimmy Kimmel he wanted to 'turn it up a bit'
Appearing on American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new film Fury, Shia Labeouf blamed his June Broadway arrest on whisky.
Labeouf confessed he had wanted to “turn it up a bit” and was so drunk he didn’t realize he was at a formal Broadway show.
“You drink a lot of whisky during the World Cup… It makes it all fun,” revealed LaBeouf. During a rambling story the actor explained why he was seen chasing a homeless man through Times Square on the day of his arrest and how he ended up drunk and smoking in the audience at a performance of Cabaret starring Alan Cumming.
LaBeouf explained: “Alan Cumming walks past and all I’m thinking about is his leather pants and him winking at me… I give him a slap on the ass, because I think he deserves it. He’s seducing me, he’s the sexiest man I’ve ever seen.”
The Transformers star was eventually ejected from the Studio 54 venue during the intermission and arrested. After spitting on a police officer’s shoe, LaBeouf said they made him wear a Hannibal mask, put him in his own cell for 25 hours and gave him a McDonalds egg sandwich. “What a night!” laughed the actor.
LaBeouf pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct at the Broadway show and was ordered to complete a three-month course of treatment for alcoholism.
His arrest in New York capped a series of instances of bizarre behavior. He walked out of a Berlin Film Festival press conference for the Lars Von Trier film Nymphomaniac in February. He later appeared on the red carpet for the film’s premiere wearing a paper bag on his head emblazoned with the words, “I am not famous anymore”.
Last month LaBeouf ran a ‘metamarathon’ around an Amsterdam gallery as part of a conceptual art performance.
LaBeouf will appear next on screen alongside Brad Pitt in David Training Day Ayer’s WWII drama Fury. The film is released October 24.
Watch LaBeouf’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live below.