Shia LaBeouf, a.k.a. Louis Stevens, a.k.a. Stanley Yelnats, a.k.a. that dude from the “Transformers” movies, is apparently now a married man.
He’s had a hell of a year. He live-streamed himself watching all his movies, locked himself in an elevator and took part in the weirdest road trip experiment ever. And now it appears congratulations are in order! He reportedly tied the knot with his girlfriend Mia Goth at a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, and of course, the wedding was Elvis Presley- and Hawaiian-themed. Of course.
Is it a real wedding or just the latest in an endless list of pranks and performance art pieces? There’s no way to know, really, but in honor of the actor’s nuptials, we’ve gathered a list of his strangest Austin connections.
1. He was arrested for drunkenly making a scene on Sixth Street almost exactly a year ago.
Seriously, is this his way of celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Austin arrest that made worldwide headlines?
On Oct. 9, 2015, he and two women (was his now-wife one of them?) were stopped for jaywalking and obstructing traffic on Sixth Street after he raised his hand to drivers as if directing them to stop as he crossed the street. Police said he “became increasingly confrontational, aggravated, profane and verbally aggressive” with the officer during the encounter and called him a “silly man” three times, and then he began puffing out his chest at a man who was recording a video of the strange encounter. That was enough to land him in the Travis County Jail on a charge of public intoxication.
2. He gave a talk about one of his really weird art projects at South by Southwest last year.
2015 was apparently the Year of Shia in Austin. During the 2015 South by Southwest Festival, he talked about his performance art piece called #FOLLOWMYHEART, in which viewers could monitor his heartbeat in real time, in case that’s a thing that you wanted to do. You do you, Shia.
He also bopped around town for the festival, taking in show after show. He and his now-wife showed up at a StubHub-sponsored show I was attending at Clive Bar and nodded his head along to Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, then straight jammed to Future Islands and Portugal. The Man. The weirdest thing about this appearance was probably the existence of a rather misguided rattail braid. Not a great look.
3. Louis Sachar, “Holes” author, lives in Austin.
This one threw me for a loop. Louis Sachar, who wrote “Holes” (which you probably read in elementary or middle school), is a longtime Austinite.
Sachar moved here from San Francisco in 1991, and “one of the hardest things to get used to was the long, hot summers here,” he told Scholastic in an interview. That’s when he came up with the idea for the book, which takes place at Camp Green Lake, a Texas town that was so hot that even the lake dried up. And thus Stanley Yelnats was born, and LaBeouf would go on to play the starring role in the 2003 film adaptation of the book.
So you can thank Austin for Stanley, Zero and the gang — not to mention that dope “Dig It Up” song from the movie soundtrack.