“Fury” star Shia LaBeouf has been discussing the strange behavior he publicly displayed last the summer as he promotes the World War II film, and he didn’t hold back when Jimmy Kimmel asked about his “Cabaret” arrest.
The 28-year-old actor started the story on Monday night where it all began — a glass of whiskey — and then walked Kimmel all the way through to the very end, when the New York City Police Department handed him an egg sandwich after spending the night in a holding cell.
It takes LaBeouf over six minutes to spit out his entire recollection of his infamous drunken debauchery, so there’s a lot of ground to cover. The tale begins, however, with an answer to the question that was on every body’s mind in June.
Why was he photographed chasing a homeless guy through Times Square in Manhattan?
“I’m sitting at a bar and I’m drinking a whole lot of whiskey, and I’m watching the World Cup. It’s South Korea versus…I forget the other team. Lithuania or something,” LaBeouf, who’s sporting a thick beard these days, explained. “I got outside and have a cigarette and there’s this homeless man out there. And the same thing I’m working on [motions to beard] is a homeless marine, and I start talking to him and we start getting into conversation.”
“And then a woman runs up and starts taking pictures of me with her cell phone, and it trips him out,” LaBeouf continued. “I’m three sheets to the wind, and I can’t really calm him down. He starts running down the road after 30 minutes of conversation, so I start running after him. And I’m trying to calm this homeless man down in the middle of Times Square. And he don’t want nothing to do with me, but I’m not giving up, so I chase him for a while.”
LaBeouf eventually did give up, though, and retreated back to the bar where a fan invited him to the performance of “Cabaret,” where he was arrested hours later.
That story is entirely too long to type, though, so watch the video (above) to hear why LaBeouf thought it would be a good idea to smoke in the theater, shout things out and grab actor Alan Cummings’ butt.
Long story short, it’s because he drank a bunch of whiskey.