Shia LaBeouf is reflecting on his past incarcerations for a new essay, Error Breeds Sense.
In the new book Prison Ramen, the 29-year-old actor is one of many celebrities – along with Taryn Manning, Slash and Danny Trejo – talking about their past arrests and how being behind bars has affected their lives. Samuel L. Jackson wrote the foreword for the anthology that also features recipes from jail.
“I have been incarcerated five times,” LaBeouf writes in his essay. “The first time I was only nine years old. It was in Pacoima, California. I was arrested for stealing a pair of Nike Cortezes from a local shop and held for six hours.”
Before his big break on the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens, he would be arrested again. “The second time I was eleven, in the city of Tujunga, California. I was arrested for stealing a Gameboy Pokémon from Kmart. That time, too, I was in a substation for about six hours.”
Although his prior misdemeanors did land him in jail, it wasn’t until nearly a decade later that LaBeouf would realize his consequences. “The third time I was twenty, in Van Nuys, California. I tried to stab my neighbor and spent two days in jail. While I was there, I at least understood that being in jail is not the move,” he recalls. “It sucks ass.”
However, that incident did not stop the Transformers star from getting in trouble with the law yet again. “The fourth time I was in Chicago and I wouldn’t leave Walgreen’s, so I was taken to spend the night in jail. For some reason, I had the best sleep ever,” he admits.
LaBeouf even writes about his Cabaret arrest, when he was “disruptive during act one” of the Broadway play starring Alan Cummings and Michelle Williams.
“The most recent time was 2014, when I was twenty-eight and in New York City. I went to see the play Cabaret. I didn’t behave very well during the performance and ended up spending twenty-five hours or so behind bars…”
While locked up in 2014, LaBeouf remembers eating “a terrific egg sandwich,” thus an inclusion of his Egg Ramen Salad Sandwich recipe in Prison Ramen.
Before the official release of the new book, the Fury actor was arrested in Austin, Texas for public intoxication in October.
“When I’m nervous in my creativity, I think of my failures in life and in art. Thinking about my screwups loosens the grip of fear. It’s freeing to f––k up and to recover.”