Shia LaBeouf has become friends with officer who arrested him for public drunkenness: 'He invited me to go fishing'

The actor credited Officer Brian for "changing his life" while accepting a Hollywood Film Award over the weekend


                            Shia LaBeouf has become friends with officer who arrested him for public drunkenness: 'He invited me to go fishing'

In a turn of events that will make you go all fuzzy inside, Shia LaBeouf has revealed how he has forged a friendship with the police officer who arrested him in 2017 for public drunkenness.

The 33-year-old Hollywood star gave Officer Brian a shout-out during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday. According to him, the pair have remained in touch and the officer even invited him to go fishing recently. "Officer Brian!" Shia exclaimed, when asked about their friendship. "That's my guy!" 

"He invited me to go fishing yesterday," the 'Transformers' star added. 

Shia LaBeouf appears on stage at the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards show at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

At the time of his arrest, Shia had never expected to become friends with the officer. "Oh no, I f**king hated him!" he quipped. 

But now Officer Brian holds a special place in Shia's heart, with the actor claiming he had played a huge role in turning his life around. While in court-ordered rehabilitation following his 2017 arrest, Shia wrote the screenplay for his autobiographical film, titled 'Honey Boy.' 

The actor has since been grateful for the officer, and even extended a special thanks to him while accepting a Hollywood Film Award over the weekend. "I want to thank the police officer who arrested me in Georgia," Shia said in his speech. As Shia's comments drew laughter and applause from the audience, he added, "For changing my life."

In this handout provided by the Austin Police Department, Shia Saide LaBeouf poses for a mugshot photo after he was arrested for Public Intoxication at the intersection of 6th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard on October 9, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images)

The 'Disturbia' star has been busy promoting 'Honey Boy' of late, a movie which sees him play his own father.

Shia recounts in his new film the story of how his childhood as a Disney star affected his relationship with his father, and even impacted his mental health. According to the actor, he was forced to lie to his father so he would approve his portrayal in the upcoming movie. He told him Mel Gibson would be playing his role.

"My dad's a pretty off-color character, he wasn't too enthused about me playing him," he told host Jimmy Kimmel. "So I lied to him and told him that Mel Gibson would be playing him... Then he signed the paperwork, and I then got home and I broke it to him. I sent him pictures. I said, 'Listen, man, it's not like that.'"

That said, 'Honey Boy' is set to premiere in theaters on November 8.

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