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Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy took the title of their 2012 film Lawless to heart and spent much of the filming wrestling one another off-camera. If this were any other pair of actors, we’d be surprised, but Tom and Shia? Yeah, that checks out. In a new interview, LaBeouf is setting the record straight on rumours that he knocked Tom Hardy out. He didn’t. He wrestled him while naked. Let’s get our facts straight, people.

This week, Shia LaBeouf appeared on First We Feast’s Hot Ones with host Sean Evans, the man we assume is riddled with stomach ulcers. The pair were enjoying (tolerating?) increasingly hot sauces on chicken wings when the topic of LaBeouf’s time shooting Lawless with Hardy came up. Evans asked LaBeouf to set the record straight on whether he really knocked out Hardy. He didn’t, but surprisingly, the actual story is better than the rumour.

Calling the story “a bunch of bullsh**t,” LaBeouf says “We used to wrestle all the time and he’s a big f**king person, especially then, he was getting ready for Bane.” LaBeouf says that on one occasion, Hardy surprised LaBeouf at his home while he was naked in bed with an ex-girlfriend. “He runs into the room, the girl I was with at the time was terrified and she’s like, ‘Ahhhh!'” says LaBeouf. That would be terrifying, but also kind of what you sign up for when dating Shia, right?

“She covered up and ran into the kitchen and I had nothing on, so now I’m naked on his shoulder, I’m in the hallway, we’re wrestling around and naked,” said LaBeouf. “I got upset about it because he got the best of me, but I’m in this weird naked twisty position, like, his sh**’s over here, my sh**’s over here, and I’m like, ugh, don’t.”

At this point, the real story is that Hardy almost knocked himself out as opposed to LaBeouf taking a swing. “We wound up inching towards where the stairs were and he fell down the stairs and ended up hurting his back, so for the rest of the shoot, he told everybody I knocked him out but that wasn’t the case,” said LaBeouf. “We were having some weird, like, cutie wrestling match.”

So, there you have it. LaBeouf did not knock out Hardy, although he did wrestle him naked. He also confirmed that he did shave down a tooth and abstain from showering while filming the war drama Fury to stay in character and help ‘rally the troops.’ “Just to sort of get everybody psyched. Rising tide lifts all ships, so I would do something and [Jon] Bernthal would do something, and [Michael] Pena would do something,” says LaBeouf. “We would all just try to get everybody involved.”

As for the reports that not showering got LaBeouf kicked out of his hotel during filming, that also was false. He got kicked out for stealing chicken from a boardroom that was housing a Bilderberg Meeting. Shia LeBeouf may be the one person whose actual life is way better than his rumoured life.

LaBeouf’s episode of Hot Ones kicked off the new season this week, an honour that has previously gone to the Jonas Brothers, who LaBeouf obviously really likes. Iconic.

 

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Shia. Iconic.

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