If you’ve followed former Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf’s career, you know it’s been plagued with bouts of insanity. He’s suffered everything from depression and substance abuse to out and out mental breakdowns, in public and in private.
Just a few days ago, he was drunk in public, and when he was being arrested, he told officers that he was a member of the Army National Guard, a claim that is not only untrue, but disgustingly disrespectful to every man and woman who has ever served in the military. During his rant, he also told the arresting officers that cops in L.A. had killed one of his friends so there was nothing they could do to him.
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Breitbart News previously reported the actor exuded several instances of bizarre behavior to prepare for his role in the WWII epic Fury, even cutting his face on set and getting a tooth pulled, but took it a step further by claiming to have joined the military.
“The day I got the job, I joined the US National Guard. I was baptized – accepted Christ in my heart – tattooed my surrender and became a chaplain’s assistant to Captain Yates for the 41st Infantry,” he told Dazedmagazine ten months ago. “I spent a month living on a forward operating base. Then I linked up with my cast and went to Fort Irwin.”
Here is the real story behind LaBeouf’s alleged service in the United States National Guard, as told by Fury director, David Ayer.
“The rumors are all fun, but at the end of the day you have a guy who’s a child actor and is seen and known for a body of work but happens to be the real deal,” Ayer told Esquire.
“He was all in. He went and embedded himself with the National Guard unit, he started prep before anybody. He shadowed a military chaplain, learned how to minister to troops, scripture, he really went in deep in these incredible ways,” Ayer continued.
While LaBeouf’s work ethic regarding his acting career may be commendable, lying about enlisting and serving in the military is not.