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Poor Shia Labeouf. The guy just can’t catch a break. The former Transformers star, and aspiring performance artist, has had an...interesting time of things of late. While making a bigger name for himself off the screen than on it in recent months, LaBeouf is still making movies, but even there he’s not having an easy time of it. The actor was just discharged from the hospital after receiving stitches and staples after a stunt on the set of his current movie went terribly wrong.
LaBeouf is currently filming American Honey in North Dakota. According to The Guardian, he was performing a stunt that had him going through a plate glass window. Apparently LaBeouf made a mistake in executing the stunt, which lead to a hospital visit that included 20 stitches and 13 staples between his head and right hand. He was expected back on the set today.
American Honey is written and directed by Andrea Arnold, an English filmmaker making her American debut. It tells the story of a teenager who gets into trouble while traveling around the midwest with a magazine sales crew. While that doesn’t sound like the sort of story that would lead to a lot of dangerous stunts, one can suppose going through a window would qualify as "trouble" in this case. It certainly was for one actor. LaBeouf is known for going to extremes when it comes to his films, so the fact that he performed the stunt himself is really no surprise. It’s actually fairly tame compared to other "stunts" he’s pulled.
The injuries were described as "minimal" by the production company's statement, which follows if he was back on the set the next day. His cuts were obviously fairly long to require so many stitches and staples but they must not have been very serious.
LaBeouf has successfully remained in the headlines in recent years despite making films with much lower profiles than Transformers or the Indiana Jones film that shall not be named. Sometimes he makes headlines by claiming he’s done making headlines. Other times he just goes apeshit in front of a green screen. While he certainly wasn’t trying to make the news by injuring himself here, it’s the sort of incident that’s going to be noticed simply by virtue of who he is.
Shia LaBeouf will next be seen on screen in the post-apocalyptic drama Man Down with Jai Courtney and Gary Oldman this fall. American Honey doesn’t have a release date yet, so it will be some time before we have a chance to see the stunt that injured the actor, assuming the scene still makes the final cut.