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Shia LaBeouf Left a Sweet Voice-mail for His Look-alike Punch Victim, So Honestly Maybe It Was All Worth It

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Oh great, now everyone who looks like a celebrity is gonna want to get knocked unconscious by a drunk sociopath. reports that Mario Licato, the New York man who was subjected to a vicious punch from a stranger enraged by Licato’s notable resemblance to Shia LaBeouf, got an apology voice-mail from the actor himself. No, no, Shia LaBeouf was not the perpetrator, though that would be an extremely Shia LaBeouf reveal. After receiving an Instagram comment from LaBeouf, Licato found a voice-mail on his work phone. Said Licato:

“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?’”

LaBeouf also left his phone number and urged Licato to call him to chat. “Let’s giggle over this,” the Fury actor said. “Maybe there’s a silver lining in all this.” Meanwhile, Licato’s assailant will never get to meet the celebrity he most resembles, though to be fair, there aren’t a ton of famous people that look like they’re made out of hot wet garbage.

Shia LaBeouf Called His Look-alike About Punch