Shia Labeouf covers the April 2018 issue of Esquire magazine photographed by Matthew Brookes.
On redemption: “I’ve got to look at my failures in the face for a while. I need to take ownership of my shit and clean up my side of the street a bit before I can go out there and work again, so I’m trying to stay creative and learn from my mistakes. The truth is, in my desperation, I lost the plot.”
On the similarities between his character tennis phenom John McEnroe’s outbursts and his own: “McEnroe was a master at his rage. I’m a buffoon. My public outbursts are failures. They’re not strategic. They’re a struggling motherfucker showing his ass in front of the world.”
In a “No More Parties in L. A.”outtake, Kanye West raps, “I wish I dressed as fresh as Shia LaBeouf.” Kanye West then asked Shia to have some of his clothes for a pop-up shop: “I took my mother to his concert. She is, of course, obsessed with Kanye West. He was a fucking sweetheart to her. So I’m like, ‘Go for it, my guy. Take everything you want.’ And he did. He took all my fucking clothes. Me and him haven’t really been in contact since he blew up onstage and, you know, shit on me.”
On his and Kanye’s relationship now: “I fucking love Kanye West. He’s going through a lot. And I don’t know where he’s at or what he’s doing.”
On the Georgia incident: “What went on in Georgia was mortifying. White privilege and desperation and disaster. . .I fucked up.”
[Photo Credit: Matthew Brookes/Esquire Magazine]