Shia LaBeouf Talks About Time Behind Bars in New Essay
Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to the law.
In a new essay called “Error Breeds Sense,” the actor talks about his multiple times behind bars, beginning when he was a child.
“I have been incarcerated five times. The first time I was only nine years old. It was in Pacoima, Calif. I was arrested for stealing a pair of Nike Cortezes from a local shop and held for six hours,” he says in the book, Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars. Described as “a unique and edgy cookbook,” the publication includes stories from celebrities such as Shia and Slash.
“The third time I was twenty, in Van Nuys, Calif. 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,” he writes. “It sucks ass.”
“The fourth time I was in Chicago and I wouldn’t leave Walgreens, so I was taken to spend the night in jail. For some reason, I had the best sleep ever…The most recent time was 2014, when I was twenty-eight 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 twenty-five hours or so behind bars…” He writes of his 2014 arrest for disorderly conduct.
“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 fuck up and to recover,” he writes.
Most recently, Shia was arrested for public intoxication outside a bar in Austin.