On the evening of April 23, New York man Mario Licato was violently assaulted in the Lower East Side because he resembled actor Shia LaBeouf. Now, adding insult to injury, the real Shia LaBeouf is bothering him on the phone.

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Recalling last weekend’s events, Licato told Gothamist:

I was walking up the [subway] stairs. I had my head down—there were people in front of me—just to make sure I wasn’t going to fall. I didn’t even see the guy. I just see his fist coming towards me. It knocked me, and while I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was, “This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!”

The punch knocked Licato—poor dude whose only crime was having brown hair and a beard—down the stairs where he then lost consciousness. Witnesses report that the assailant was a large man (muscular and 6-6'3) with a fratty vibe.

In a follow-up interview with Cosmopolitan, Licato says that he received a voicemail from the real Shia LaBeouf on Tuesday morning:

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It was a pretty long voicemail. He was like, “Hey, this is Shia LaBeouf… I just read an article that you were punched in the face because you look like me?” And he was like, “Aw, man. That sucks. I’m so sorry. But I get it. It’s happened to me before.” And then he was like, “I don’t know. I wish I was in New York. I’d come bring you soup.” He was just like, “This sucks. I don’t even know what to say. I’m sorry. People are just crazy. Just because you look like me?” I was obviously laughing the whole time. And then he was like, “Here’s my phone number. Don’t give it to anybody. Please, please, call me back. Call me back if you want to. We could chat. Let’s giggle over this. Maybe there’s a silver lining in all this. But call me back.” And then he was like, “And once again, this is Shia LaBeouf, the guy you got hit for looking like. And yeah, man, I’m sorry. I’m just really sorry.” And he was like “Keep your head up, G.” And that was it.

When will the violence end?


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