"McEnroe was a master at his rage", he says.
He said: 'My public outbursts are failures. "They're not strategic. They're a struggling motherf**ker showing his a** in front of the world". But during a lighter moment in the interview, the topic shifts to Kanye West, with whom LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner were originally planning to collaborate for their HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US project. "He goes to the money and pushes to try to get me in the movie, the money says no, and that's the end of me hanging out with Spike Lee for this film". "Most of my life", he added. "The truth is, in my desperation, I lost the plot".
"Shia LaBeouf is ready to talk about it", reads the headline of Esquire's recent profile of the actor - his first interview since he was arrested in 2017 for racially charged, expletive-laced disorderly conduct in Savannah, Georgia. He froze, he said, and that has lived with him ever since, making him quick to get aggressive.
LaBeouf says his offscreen conduct made him a liability in Hollywood, and that it has become hard for him to book new roles, despite being hailed as the "Best Actor for the Buck" in the late aughts. "I'm a buffoon", the actor said.
Recalling a previous meeting about "possible art collaborations" at his house, LaBeouf said West asked if he could have some of his often-imitated wardrobe pieces for a pop-up. "Around the same time, I took my mother to his concert", LaBeouf tells me. When I brought her backstage, he was a f**king sweetheart to her. He took all my f-ing clothes. I was talking to him about it. And it just felt fair.
"Of course, bro. I f-ing love Kanye West", Labeouf insisted. "Take everything you want'". 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 auto with his vehicle in a parking lot".