After what was reported as an epic “meltdown” that involved him wearing a paper bag over his head to a premiere and spitting at cops, Shia LaBeouf now says it was all part of an “existential crisis” that he’s moving past.
“I had some hiccups. Some judgment error,” he told Ellen DeGeneres on her show this week. “Being a kid of abandonment, I thought that being an actor would somehow fill that void… You just want to make a mark… So, I think we suffer from the same thing, which is just a lack of attention and love.”
Shia explained it took a day in jail to make him reassess his actions.
“This was the worst time. I really went away with it. They put a Hannibal mask on me and a lead jacket,” he said. “It was very scary.”
Now, the 28-year-old actor says he’s as good as he can be, thanks to support from his mom (who had to play “mom and dad” while he was growing up) and regular exercise.
“A lot of things are connecting spiritually, but also a lot of running, a lot of physical. Running is big in my life,” he said. “I was running a lot before, but I really picked it up a bit. It’s become like my salvation, running.”
Shia stars alongside Brad Pitt in Fury, which premieres in theaters next week.