Whether Shia LaBeouf is seeking out publicity or having a genuine meltdown right now, I think we can all agree that the situation is escalating. Just a week before he was arrested for erratic behavior during a performance of Cabaret on Broadway, he was caught on video trying to start a fight with a man outside a strip club. Y’know, as you do.
The video comes from TMZ, naturally, those pop culture wizards who must have Animagi sources pretending to be flies on the wall of every surface in America, and it shows Shia bouncing back and forth in front of this dude like a jackrabbit, trying to provoke him into punching him. The guy he’s messing it with has his back to the camera, so we can’t tell how he feels about the whole thing, but based on his posture it seems like Shia’s pretty lucky that be-suited guy in between them is there to hold him back. Otherwise, I’m betting Shia would’ve gotten himself a solid clock in the jaw, because he’s being an intentional nuisance.
It’s not clear why Shia was antagonizing this guy, whether they’d been inside the strip club together or if Shia had been walking by and gotten pulled into a disagreement, but that’s just the beginning of the questions I have about this. For me, there’s still an option that Shia might be Joaquining right now, because the most recent Transformers movie just came out, and Shia might be acting out in response to that franchise not being a part of his life any more.
But on the other hand, this is far from the first time that Shia has gotten violent with a stranger, so it could be indicative of his larger issues. Regardless, I think it’s pretty clear this guy needs help — either with getting his life back together or with letting go of this publicity stunt.