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Shia LaBeouf missed out on a lead role in hit film Call Me By Your Name following a series of personal issues, including a bust-up with his girlfriend.
The Transformers star was up for a role opposite Timothee Chalamet in the film, and screenwriter James Ivory reveals he was a front-runner until bad publicity turned director Luca Guadagnino off the idea of hiring Shia.
In an extract from his new memoir Solid Ivory, obtained by GQ, he writes: “Shia came to read for us in New York with Timothee Chalamet, paying for his own plane ticket, and Luca and I had been blown away.
“The reading by the two young actors had been sensational; they made a very convincing hot couple. But then… Shia was dropped. He had had some bad publicity. He’d fought with his girlfriend; he’d fended off the police somewhere when they had tried to calm him down. And Luca would not call him, or his agent.
“I emailed Shia to offer reassurance, but then Luca cast Armie Hammer and never spoke to, or of, Shia again.”
Troubled LaBeouf has had a series of legal run-ins and personal problems in recent years and last December, his ex-girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs, accused him of physical, emotional, and mental abuse during their relationship. LaBeouf initially apologized but later denied the accusations.
Shia also appeared in court in May to face charges of battery and petty theft. He was placed into a judicial diversion programme, which, when completed, will lead to the dismissal of his misdemeanour charge, linked to a man he allegedly attacked last summer at his place of work.
His victim filed a police report and officials determined the actor was the aggressor. The Los Angeles City Attorney charged the actor with misdemeanour battery and petty theft – for stealing the man’s hat.