Shia LaBeouf Talks About the Time He Wrestled Tom Hardy Naked

Shia LaBeouf has shown up on red carpets with paper bags over his head, shared his personal wardrobe with Kanye West, and gotten a big ole tattoo on his belly that says CREEPER, but one thing he wants to set the record straight that he didn’t do was knock Tom Hardy out on a movie set. He did, however, wrestle him once in nothing but his birthday suit.

In an appearance on The Hot Ones, LaBeouf touched on all subjects surrounding his wild and utterly unique Hollywood history, and at one point was asked to address a rumor that he’d knocked out Tom Hardy on the set of their 2012 movie together, Lawless.

“It’s a bunch of bullshit,” he said, before starting to get into the real story. “We used to wrestle all the time. He was a big fucking person, especially then, he was getting ready for Bane [the main villain in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises]

LaBeouf continued with the story, saying that on the set of the movie he and Hardy were constantly messing with one another. At one point, his girlfriend at the time was at his house when Hardy, fresh off a workout session with his trainer, busted in and started to wrestle with him.

“He picked me up and I didn’t have nothing on, so now I’m naked on his shoulder, we’re in the hallway, we’re wrestling around,” LaBeouf said. “Then I got upset about it because he got the better of me, but I’m in some weird, twisty naked position. My shit’s over here and his shit’s over here, and I’m like, uh, don’t.

That’s when things took a turn, LaBeouf went on to explain.

“We wound up inching over to the stairs and he fell down the stairs,” he said. “[Hardy] wound up hurting his back, so for the rest of the shoot he told everybody I knocked him out, but that wasn’t the case. We were having some weird cutey wrestling match.”

LaBeouf has a pair of 2019 films that he agreed with interviewer Sean Evans could be “career defining”: The Peanut Butter Falcon, released in August, and his autobiographical film Honey Boy, which he wrote based on his own life and in which he plays a character based on his own father.

Check out LaBeouf’s entire Hot Ones episode below:

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