Hot Ones, the talk show in which hot sauce assists in garnering some truly candid interviews from a wide range of guests, welcomed Honey Boy writer and star Shia LaBeouf to the ring for its latest episode.
There's too much worth your time in the resulting clip to lay it all out in text form here, so you should definitely watch the full thing up top. An arguable highlight, however, arrives around 15 minutes in when LaBeouf is asked to confirm or refute a number of headlines connected with everything from his pre-Even Stevens days to his work with Tom Hardy in the acclaimed 2012 drama Lawless.
There has been continued talk of LaBeouf having supposedly knocked out his co-star during production, but LaBeouf told host Sean Evans that's not actually how things went down.
"Yeah, it's a bunch of bullshit," he said. "We used to wrestle all the time and he's a big fucking person, especially then. He was getting ready [to play] Bane."
From there, LaBeouf recalled a playful wrestling incident in which he ended up atop Hardy's shoulders while nude.
"My girlfriend at the time was over at my house, we were on this balcony," he said. "We saw him and his trainer coming back from the gym. We used to fuck with each other all the time but it just so happened that, this one week, my girlfriend was in town and he runs into the room. The girl I was with at the time was terrified. She covered up and she ran into the kitchen and he picked me up and I didn’t have nothing on so now I'm naked on his shoulder. We're in the hallway, we're wrestling around."
At some point, the two came close to the stairs and Hardy accidentally took a tumble down them. However, as LaBeouf explained, Hardy decided to joke about the accident as having occurred due to a much different reason.
"For the rest of the shoot, he told everybody I knocked him out," he said.
The LaBeouf edition of Hot Ones also sees the actor/writer/performance artist discussing a Fury era moment of hilarity involving lifted chicken from the Bilderberg Meeting, the importance of bikers' laughter, four students from his Slauson Rec theater school landing roles on Netflix projects, and much more. Catch it in full up top.
The Alma Har'el-directed Honey Boy, which sees LaBeouf playing a version of his own father, has been bagging some seriously great reviews and awards buzz ahead of its Nov. 8 release date. Revisit the trailer for the cathartic drama, also starring Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe, below.