In an interview with Variety Shia LaBeouf admitted he hasn’t had a drink in almost a year, and while he doesn’t identify as an addict, he does attends Alcoholic Anonymous meetings regularly. “Alcohol or any of that s--t will send you haywire. I can’t f--k with none of it. I’ve got to keep my head low,” he said. "I got a Napoleonic complex. I start drinking and I feel smaller than I am, and I get louder than I should. It’s just not for me, dude.”
Over the course of five years, the Transformers star has been arrested for a number of alcohol-related incidents. "I had people tell me it was going to [ruin my career],” he said. “People I respected — dudes I wanted to work with — just looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Life’s too short for this s--t.’ I’m still earning my way back. I’m happy working.”
The 30-year-old also got candid about his upbringing and how it has impacted his career. "There were drugs everywhere — marijuana, cocaine, heroin,” LaBeouf explained of his surroundings. “[My dad] gave me my first joint when I was probably 11 or 12.” The star beleievs that although he started his career as a Disney star, he never quite got along with the rest of the Disney stars because of his childhood. "They would invite the Hilary Duffs and Miley Cyruses to go to the Jonas Brothers concert, and I’d be there with my friends. But we were outsiders. It felt distant,” he said.
When he was quizzed on what's in store for the future, the actor revealed that despite Oscar speculation for American Honey, he refuses to overthink it. “The Oscars are about politics,” he said. “I gotta earn my way back. It’s not about who is the best. I’m not that guy for a long time — for a long, long time.”
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