It ain’t always easy being Shia LaBeouf. Heck, it ain’t always easy just being a guy that looks like Shia LaBeouf. Last weekend, advertising art director Mario Licato learned that when he was punched in the New York subway system simply for resembling the actor. Since then, the story has spread, with responses split between genuine concern for Licato and those laughing at the latest strange LaBeouf-related incident.
But if Mario’s assault hasn’t endeared a lot of sympathy from the public at large, it has from Shia LaBeouf himself. Licato told Cosmopolitan that LaBeouf reached out to him and left a heartfelt voicemail message over the situation.
It was a pretty long voicemail. He was like, “Hey, this is Shia LaBeouf … I just read an article that you were punched in the face because you look like me?” And he was like, “Aw, man. That sucks. I’m so sorry. But I get it. It’s happened to me before.” And then he was like, “I don’t know. I wish I was in New York. I’d come bring you soup.” He was just like, “This sucks. I don’t even know what to say. I’m sorry. People are just crazy. Just because you look like me?” I was obviously laughing the whole time. And then he was like, “Here’s my phone number. Don’t give it to anybody. Please, please, call me back. Call me back if you want to. We could chat. Let’s giggle over this. Maybe there’s a silver lining in all this. But call me back.” And then he was like, “And once again, this is Shia LaBeouf, the guy you got hit for looking like. And yeah, man, I’m sorry. I’m just really sorry.” And he was like “Keep your head up, G.” And that was it.
He sounded bummed and genuinely really bad. Like he just felt like shit. Like I can’t believe this happened. This sucks. And he was just like, “I wish I was in New York but I’m not.” I thought it was really funny that he wanted to bring me soup.
Licato plans to finish work on a photo shoot this weekend and then call LaBeouf back. He doesn’t have any specific plans about what they’ll speak about, but I imagine Shia will appreciate getting to talk to someone who really understands his particular curse of fame, if only for a moment.