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.
After one instance of intoxicating himself on moonshine, LaBeouf ended up punching his British co-star.
And never let it be said that this was simply a mean-spirited and untrue rumor because LaBeouf, himself, confirmed the dramatic altercation in a very candid Esquire profile.
Hardy also spoke about the incident in an interview with Den of Geek and said that he had been punched by LaBeouf during filming.
“He knocked me out sparko. Out cold. He’s a bad, bad boy. He is. He’s quite intimidating as well,” he said. “He’s a scary dude. He just attacked me. He was drinking moonshine. I was wearing a cardigan, and er, went down. I woke up in [my personal trainer] P-nut’s arms. I was like, ‘What was that? It was lightning fast.’ And he said, ‘That was Shia.'”
Plus John Hellcoat, the movie’s director, took part in a Reddit AMA back in 2016 and confirmed that there was a fight between the two men. In fact, it had gotten so out of hand that both men had to be restrained.
Amazingly, there seem to be no hard feelings between the two actors and Hardy has said that he understands how the filming process can have a tormenting effect on actors. He also said that he respects LaBeouf’s dedication to the art of assuming different characters.
“A performer is asked to do two things: To be disciplined and accountable, communicative and a pleasure to work with,” Hardy said. “And then, within a split second, they’re asked to be a psychopath. Authentically. It takes a very strong human being to sustain a genuine sense of well-being through that baptism of fire. Drama is not known to attract stable types.”
“Shia has the ability to land scene after scene that builds a reality from utter fantasy,” Hardy added. “We know the robots aren’t really there. They just aren’t. When I watch Shia, they are.”
So there you have it: if there once was beef between Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, there isn’t anymore. It’s nice to see that Hardy is capable of putting the past behind him and letting bygones be bygones because, in such a cutthroat business, god knows there is no time for bitterness.