Shia LaBeouf Contacts Doppelgänger, Offers Sweet Gesture

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
April 29, 2016 Updated: April 29, 2016

Mario Licato has a black eye as a result of his resemblance to actor Shia LaBeouf and now has a saved voicemail from the actor himself.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Licato revealed that the “Transformers” actor reached out to him after hearing about his one-sided fight in a New York City subway station. 

“He [Shia] left me a voicemail yesterday morning, but he left it on my work phone and I don’t even know my work phone number. I’ve been on a shoot so I couldn’t see it,” said Licato. “And today he commented on one of my Instagram posts and said, ‘Hey, I left you a voicemail.’ And that’s how I ended up finding out that he left me a voicemail. I looked and was like, ‘Oh [expletive]! He left me a voicemail yesterday morning.'”

Licato was entering a subway station on the streets Delancey and Essex when he was sucker-punched by a “white frat boy” who stands at least 6 feet tall. 

“I just saw a fist coming at my face,” Licato said in an interview with People. “And the next thing I know I was, like, falling down the stairs and all I heard was, ‘That’s because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf.’ “

The two minute voicemail entailed an extremely apologetic  and “bummed” LaBeouf.

“‘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?’,” according to Licato. “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 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.—’Keep your head up, G.’

For his troubles, the actor had even offered to bring the 26-year-old art director a bowl of soup—but he currently isn’t in New York.

Licato has listened to the voicemail over five times and intends to return LaBeouf’s call. He doesn’t have anything planned out on what he is going to say, but does have a few questions.

“I’m going to ask him what he did to him, What did you do to some random bro in New York that he needed to punch me for it? Did you steal his girlfriend? Maybe he just really hated you sitting in the movie theater for three days straight watching your own movies?” said Licato.