shia labeouf reached out to the guy punched in the face for looking like shia labeouf

'I don't know. I wish I was in New York. I'd come bring you soup,' LaBeouf said in a voicemail.

by Hannah Ongley
Apr 28 2016, 3:59pm

Over the weekend a man who really does look remarkably like Shia LaBeouf was punched while getting off the subway on New York City's Lower East Side for looking like Shia LaBeouf. Brooklyn-based art director Mario Licato Instagrammed a nasty post-punch selfie on Monday, captioning his swollen and bruised face, "I wanna thank the guy who randomly decided he needed to hit me last night. 'this happened bc you look exactly like Shia labeouf.' Well sir you boosted my self esteem bc he's p hot." The headlines wrote themselves, and one even earned a comment from the real Shia LaBeouf. "left you a message on your work phone," LaBeouf wrote on Licato's photo of the New York Post story. "Feel getter G."


LaBeouf, a noted phone fan who last year asked people to call him as part of the performance art piece #TOUCHMYSOUL, really did leave Licato a voicemail. Speaking to Cosmopolitan yesterday, Licato said LaBeouf "sounded bummed and genuinely really bad." He also wanted to bring Licato soup.

"It was a pretty long voicemail," Licato explained. "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."

But that wasn't it! Last night Licato Instagrammed another photo of himself talking on the phone. "brb talking to the real Shia," he captioned it. There's no telling if Liacto really was photographed mid-chat with the Nymphomaniac actor, or if this isn't all an elaborate hoax orchestrated by LaBeouf himself. But if the story doesn't end with a participatory art performance and livestream involving soup then all is not right with the world. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Marvin Lynchard

Shia LaBeouf
Mario Licato