Man Attacked Because He Looks Like Shia LaBeouf Gets Call From Actor
"And then he was like, 'I don't know. I wish I was in New York. I'd come bring you soup'," says the 26-year-old victim.
News of a New York man being attacked because he looks too much like Shia LaBeouf went viral this week and word got back to the actor.
Mario Licato, 26, was sucker punched last weekend while on his way to a show on the Lower East Side. The suspect told Licato the attack happened "because you look like Shia LaBeouf."
The real LaBeouf heard about the news and reached out to his injured doppelganger, Licato confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
"[LaBeouf] left me a voicemail and then I called him back and we chatted for a bit," Licato told THR.
He did not say what the two discussed, but Licato told Cosmopolitan the first voice message was "pretty long."
"He was like, 'Hey, this is Shia LaBeouf … I just read an article that you were punched in the face because you look like me?' And he was like, 'Aw, man. That sucks. I'm so sorry. But I get it. It's happened to me before.' And then he was like, 'I don't know. I wish I was in New York. I'd come bring you soup'," Licato told Cosmo.
A police report was filed and an official with the NYPD told THR the attack was misdemeanor assault.