Being a doppelgänger to a celebrity isn’t all up-votes on Reddit—apparently it can warrant a black eye.
Mario Licato was allegedly punched in the eye due to his resemblance to actor Shia LaBeouf.
According to the 26-year-old, he was entering a New York City subway station on the corner of Essex and Delancey streets on April 23, when he was sucker punched by a stranger.
“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.’ ”
Licato was “knocked out cold” and awoke to a bloodied face and broken glasses. A couple who witnessed the incident described the assailant as a “white frat boy” who stood at least 6 feet tall.
Licato recounted his complete shock as he asked the bystanders: “I was like, ‘Am I crazy? Or did he just say that happened because I look like Shia LaBeouf?’ And they were like, ‘That’s exactly what he said.”
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing—police are scouring for surveillance footage of the one-sided fight.
As for his attacker, Licato has a few questions he’d like to ask.
“I would basically just say, ‘So what did Shia LaBeouf ever do to you that you wanted to punch him in the face? Was it one of his performance pieces?‘” he said. “Did this guy steal his girlfriend? Like, what did he do so bad that he wanted to punch somebody that looked like him?”
This isn’t the first time Licato has been compared to the “Transformers” actor. He’s been told “a bunch of times—10 times I would say, at least.”
Mario Licato said he was walking up the stairs from the F-train at Essex and Delancy when a man walking in the… https://t.co/Zez8fBwhOa
— WLNY (@WLNYTV) April 27, 2016
He is currently nursing a black eye but his self esteem has risen as a result of the incident.
“This happened bc you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf.’ Well sir you boosted my self esteem bc he’s p hot,” he captioned the photo bearing his injured face on Instagram.