Back in 2003 when Shia LaBeouf was just a young turk with a silly name starring in his first big movie (as opposed to a youngish turk with a silly name starring in his umpteenth big movie), he felt slighted by the then much more famous Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz. At the time, LaBeouf said: ”I used to see [Muniz] at premieres and stuff and it would always be like he was looking down on me. And then it turned into we’re equal, and then it turned into ‘Oh Frankie? I know that guy.”’ Seven years and a total reversal of the two actors’ relative fame levels later, the LaBeouf still holds a grudge.
Yesterday, LaBeouf went on the radio program “The Bert Show” to talk about Wall Street. When the D.J. observed that LaBeouf had appeared in six No. 1 movies in a row, Shia took the opportunity to be self-deprecating by crapping all over Muniz. “While that’s flattering as hell,” LaBeouf said, “you could have put Frankie Muniz into any the movies I’ve been in and those movies would have still been No. 1.” The D.J. followed up by asking, “Are you prepared for Frankie Muniz to come up to you at a party and say, ‘Bro, why am I one of your examples?’ LaBeouf answered, “I don’t go to many parties and I don’t really hang out in Frank Muniz–type zones.” Burn! (Also, the “Frankie Muniz–type zone” sounds like a good and trippy amusement-park ride, right?)
Muniz, forgotten but not gone, reacted swiftly, tweeting a solid retort:
“Dear Shia Labeouf. It’s getting creepy the fact that you can’t stop talking about me. It’s been 12 years now. I don’t know you. Thanks.”
The only way we want to see this end: with a wrestling match in full costume, for a part in Indiana Jones 5 .