Shia LaBeouf is one of the most divisive figures in Hollywood due to the unconventional manner in which he navigates his fame, and due to his often unpredictable behavior.

This is a far cry from his prior image as a fresh-faced, talented young actor with a promising TV career.

During his three-year stint on Even Stevens, we knew him as a precocious child actor with bags of potential for his future career in the acting business.

Take a look at this nostalgic throwback from LaBeouf’s appearance on Today:

It wasn’t long, however, before the boy we once knew as Louis Stevens, was confronted with controversy after controversy.

In recent years, the former child star’s behavior has been described by the tabloids as erratic and tumultuous, and his antics on the set of the 2012 movie, Lawless, is the perfect example of this.

Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy were co-stars in John Hillcoat’s crime drama Lawless and the experience left Hardy with nothing but respect and admiration for the troubled actor – well, eventually anyway.

Both actors played bootleggers during the Prohibition era, and while on set, LaBeouf would drink moonshine by the gallon in order to get into character.

Of course, when you mix alcohol – and a lot of it – with an erratic personality, what you tend to get is aggression, violence, and deeply regrettable mistakes.