During the early morning hours, LaBeouf is arrested at the scene of a car accident in Hollywood and booked for a DUI. Immediately following his release, the actor undergoes extensive hand surgery that delays his filming of Transformers 2. His costar and passenger, Isabel Lucas, returns to work the following day, and in September, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office declines to file any charges against LaBeouf.
Dubbed "Hollywood's newest bad boy" by Details, LaBeouf appears on the September cover of the men's style magazine. "I never chose to do this because there was meaning in it or I was talented or gave a s--t about acting," LaBeouf says. "I got into this because I was broke." As for his legal woes, he says, "It's when I'm drinking that I don't have the wherewithal to be able to realize the position of my life. There's too much at stake for me to throw it away."
Eagle Eye, which reunites LaBeouf with Disturbia director D.J. Caruso, opens and tops the box office with $29.2 million. The conspiracy thriller, which claims that someone is always watching, proves shockingly accurate for LaBeouf. "There was a CIA agent who was working on the movie with us, and [he] told me...[that] one in five phone calls is recorded," LaBeouf tells MTV.com. "[He then] proceeded to play for me a phone call I had made two years prior to signing on to the film. It's pretty terrifying."
The Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen proves to be an unstoppable machine, taking in $201.2 million in its opening week. "[Director Michael Bay] wanted to punch the audience in the face," LaBeouf told Today. "He wanted to make a very aggressive movie." While promoting the flick, reports link LaBeouf to his onscreen love Megan Fox, but both stars deny a love connection.
While shooting Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, LaBeouf makes a real-life love connection with leading lady, British actress Carey Mulligan, whom he calls "the most talented actress I've ever met in my life, by leaps and bounds." Of their relationship – which lasts for more than a year – he tells GQ, "Neither one of us are fame whores. It works out. It's not like we're the premiere couple; we're not the red-carpet king and queen."
LaBeouf returns for the third installment of the Transformers franchise, Dark of the Moon, which sees Fox replaced with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. "It’s the greatest 3-D film ever made. It's an amalgamation of ideas from Jim Cameron, Steven [Spielberg] and Michael [Bay]," the actor says of the flick, which opens at No. 1 with a $97 million haul.
Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes accuses LaBeouf of plagiarizing his work. LaBeouf apologizes first on Twitter saying, "Mr. Clowes, I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us. I'm sorry." Later he takes his sorry a big step forward and apologizes via skywriting.
"In light of the recent attacks on my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life," LaBeouf Tweets amid his plagiarism scandal. A month later during the Nymphomaniac premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, the actor wears a bag on his head reading, "I am not famous anymore."
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