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Man sucker-punched on the subway for looking like Shia LaBeouf

on April 28, 2016, 6:20pm

Photo taken by Mario Licato on Instagram

There are some crimes a civilized society simply cannot tolerate, and one of those crimes is looking exactly like actor and famed plagiarist Shia LaBeouf. As Gothamist reports, New York City resident Mario Licato learned that the hard way over the weekend, when he was punched in the face on the subway for daring to resemble LaBeouf. Licato lost consciousness after the punch and woke up with a broken pair of glasses and a face covered in blood. To add insult to injury, the first EMT guy to arrive on the scene greeted Licato — a born and raised New Yorker — with a sarcastic “Welcome to New York, buddy.”

Sheesh. That’s a steep price to pay just for looking like LaBeouf, which, for the record, is not actually a crime (that we know of). But there’s a silver lining to this story, and it comes in the form of an actual voicemail Licato received from LaBeouf. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Licato revealed that the star of Holes and Transformers felt so awful about his doppelganger’s fate that he reached out to him via phone.

“He sounded bummed and genuinely really bad,” recounts Licato. “Like he just felt like shit. Like I can’t believe this happened. This sucks. And he was just like, ‘I wish I was in New York but I’m not.’ I thought it was really funny that he wanted to bring me soup.” Yes, you read that correctly: LaBeouf actually offered to bring this guy soup for his troubles. Maybe he’s not a douchebag after all. Then again, he did punch another guy in the face not so long ago, so it’s not like dude doesn’t have blood on his hands.

In any case, Licato deserves some soup. Just look at his face:


Let’s get this guy some damn soup.