Shia LaBeouf Details Lengthy Arrest History in New Book: 'It's Freeing to F--k Up and Recover'


Shia LaBeouf’s mug shot from his October arrest in Austin (Getty Images)

When Shia LaBeouf was arrested for public intoxication last month in Austin — an incident that included him drunkenly calling a police officer a “silly man” over and over — it was the sixth time in his 29 years he had been jailed. In a new book called Prison Ramen by his Man Down co-star Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez, the Transformers star gets candid about his arrest record, including the infamous Walgreens and Cabaret incidents.

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Prison Ramen by Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez goes on sale Nov. 3 (Workman Publishing)

In an essay entitled “Error Breeds Sense,” which was written before his latest arrest, LaBeouf wrote, “I have been incarcerated five times. The first time I was only 9 years old. It was in Pacoima, California. I was arrested for stealing a pair of Nike Cortezes from a local shop and held for six hours.”

Needless to say, the incident didn’t scare him straight.

“The second time I was 11, in the city of Tujunga, California,” shared the Fury star, who has been working as an actor since he was 12. “I was arrested for stealing a Gameboy Pokémon from Kmart. That time, too, I was in a substation for about six hours. The third time I was 20, in Van Nuys, California. I tried to stab my neighbor and spent two days in jail. While I was there, I at least understood that being in jail is not the move. It sucks a–.”


The actor following the ‘Cabaret’ incident in NYC (Getty Images)

While it was a sucky experience, his record grew, thanks to a drug store meltdown.

“The fourth time I was in Chicago and I wouldn’t leave Walgreens, so I was taken to spend the night in jail,” said LaBeouf of the 2007 incident during which he was drunk and buying pimple cream at 2:30 a.m. and thought a security guard laughed at him. “For some reason, I had the best sleep ever,” said.

As for Cabaret-gate, when he heckled Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams as they performed on Broadway, he explained, “The most recent time was 2014, when I was 28 and in New York City. I went to see the play Cabaret. I didn’t behave very well during the performance and ended up spending 25 hours or so behind bars. While there, I did have a terrific egg sandwich.”

While the egg sandwich was good, he failed to mention how he screamed, “Do you know who the f–k I am?” as he was removed from the show at Studio 54. Or how, later at the precinct, he spit at a police officer.


LaBeouf on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival in September (Getty Images)

LaBeouf, who won BAFTA’s Rising Star award in 2008, noted that he draws on his incarceration history while working, writing, “When I’m nervous in my creativity, I think of my failures in life and in art. Thinking about my screwups loosens the grip of fear. It’s freeing to f–k up and to recover.”

The actor — who has also been scandalized with a plagiarism incident for which he did an apology tour — spent time in a rehab facility after the Cabaret incident.


LaBeouf’s recipe in 'Prison Ramen’ (Workman Publishing)

Prison Ramen includes other stories by celebrities about their various arrests. Rocker Slash talked about being picked up by police during his early days in Guns N’ Roses and taken to L.A. County jail, which he described as “no joke.” He had no idea what he was detained for but later learned it was related to an outstanding jaywalking ticket from high school. “Word to the wise: Pay your jaywalking tickets,” he quipped. (The guitarist was also arrested in 1999 for allegedly assaulting an estranged girlfriend but no charges were filed.)

Orange Is the New Black’s Taryn Manning detailed her arrest for DUI, when she was “in a very short dress, freezing, mad, and still kind of drunk.” She was arrested two more times, once for allegedly assaulting her personal assistant and makeup artist and a second time for making criminal threats against her former roommate.

The book goes on sale Tuesday.