Shia LaBeouf is coming clean about his lengthy arrest record, but it's not the number of times he's spent behind bars that has us surprised. It's how young he was during his first encounter with law enforcement!
In a new book called Prison Ramen written by the actor's Man Down costar Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez, the 29-year-old details each of the times he's been thrown in the slammer for an essay called, "Error Breeds Sense."
This, however, was written before his October arrest for public intoxication, so we only get the dirt on his five prior incarcerations — the first of which happened when he was just nine-years-old.
Shia in 2003 at the age of 16. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"It was in Pacoima, Calif. I was arrested for stealing a pair of Nike Cortezes from a local shop and held for six hours," Shia wrote. “The second time I was 11, in the city of Tujunga, Calif. I was arrested for stealing a Gameboy Pokémon from Kmart."
During his time on Disney Channel's Even Stevens, he managed to stay out of trouble, but at age 20, he tried to stab a neighbor and spent two days in jail. "While I was there, I at least understood that being in jail is not the move. It sucks ass,” Shia revealed.
“The fourth time I was in Chicago and I wouldn’t leave Walgreens, so I was taken to spend the night in jail,” the Transformer star, who was intoxicated at the time, recalled. “For some reason, I had the best sleep ever."
Shia's mugshot from his most recent arrest in October. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
As for his most famous run-in with the law, in which he heckled Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams during a performance of Broadway's Cabaret, Shia explains, "I didn’t behave very well during the performance and ended up spending 25 hours or so behind bars. While there, I did have a terrific egg sandwich.”
Well, at least there's that. Why don't you keep the number of times you've been locked up to six, okay Shia?