Shia LaBeouf on His Arrest and Racist Rant: 'IF*cked Up'

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Shia LaBeouf gives first interview since 'mortifying' 2017 arrest: 'I f---ed up'

"White privilege and desperation and disaster..."

LaBeouf is next set to star in Borg McEnroe, which follows the great tennis rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and American tennis icon John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf).

Actor Shia LaBeouf on Tuesday blamed his very public arrest last summer in Georgia on a mix between "white privilege" and "desperation" stemming from his long battle with alcoholism. It's the same feeling of "You need to avenge your mother" he says contributed to his first arrest when he went after a man who "bumped into my mother's vehicle with his auto in a parking lot". Some guy bumped into my mother's auto with his vehicle in a parking lot, and my head went right to "You need to avenge your mother!" "They're not strategic. They're a struggling motherf-ker showing his a- in front of the world". Zachary Gottsagen, the lead actor in the film, was disappointed in LaBeouf for getting arrested while the movie was being made and potentially ruining the actor's shot. I was still on my 'Look how fast they released the videos! So I went after the dude with a knife [but didn't use it].I've always thought somebody was coming in.

And the 31-year-old - who married his co-star Mia Goth in Las Vegas in 2016 - now seems to be keen to atone for his past, calling himself a "buffoon" and admitting he "lost the plot", adding he needs to "take ownership of his shit and clean up his side of the street".

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LaBeouf was arrested in Georgia after his request to bum a cigarette escalated into a full-blown racist rant.

If anyone can relate to public meltdowns, it's Kanye West - though LaBeouf says his friendship with the rapper soured after West took all his clothes (including LaBeouf's "Indiana Jones" hat).

"Around the same time, I took my mother to his concert", LaBeouf shares. When I brought her backstage, he was a f**king sweetheart to her. "He took all my f-king clothes", LaBeouf said. And it just felt fair. Take everything you want.' And he did. "Me and him haven't really been in contact since he blew up onstage and, you know, s- on me". "He's going through a lot".

'The dude has a lot of my s***,' LaBeouf said.

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