This new Shia LaBeouf interview is an absolutely essential read. The stirring piece, penned by Eric Sullivan for Esquire's new cover, gives fans and fellow creatives alike a chance to see one of the most talented actors of his generation speak frankly about his life and work.
The resulting coverage surrounding the piece will likely center on LaBeouf's comments about his family and what he's learned about himself since last year's Savannah arrest, and for good reason: He's refreshingly candid. But during a lighter moment in the interview, the topic shifts to Kanye West, with whom LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner were originally planning to collaborate for their HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US project.
Recalling a previous meeting about "possible art collaborations" at his house, LaBeouf said West asked if he could have some of his often-imitated wardrobe pieces for a pop-up. "Around the same time, I took my mother to his concert," LaBeouf said, presumably talking about the Saint Pablo tour. "She is, of course, obsessed with Kanye West. When I brought her backstage, he was a fucking sweetheart to her. And it just felt fair. So I'm like, 'Go for it, my guy. Take everything you want.'"
West did exactly that. "He took all my fucking clothes," LaBeouf said, adding that he hasn't really been in contact with West since he mentioned him onstage in Sacramento in 2016. LaBeouf has, however, attempted to reach out.
"I fucking love Kanye West," he said. "He's going through a lot. And I don't know where he's at or what he's doing." According to Esquire, West—who was photographed last year wearing one of LaBeouf's caps—was also gifted with LaBeouf's hat from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
LaBeouf will next be seen in Borg McEnroe, out April 13. Earlier this month, he—alongside collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner—released the documentary #TAKEMEANYWHERE for free.