Remember last week, when some random dude named Mario Licato was punched in the face merely for resembling actor/walking performance art piece Shia LeBeouf? Well, it seems word of the attack has reached the real Shia, who felt so bad about the whole ordeal that he reached out to apologize to the poor guy himself. Cosmopolitan was able to sit down to talk to Licato (who may be in higher demand for interviews than Shia himself at the moment) to discuss about what the Transformers star had to say. It all started with this very cryptic and Shia-like comment on Licato's Instagram.
Licato had been neglecting his voicemail inbox (like all normal 21st century people), but once he saw Shia's Instagram comment, he quickly went to go check it. He recounted the two-minute voicemail to Cosmopolitan.
It was a pretty long voicemail. 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." He was just like, "This sucks. I don't even know what to say. I'm sorry. People are just crazy. Just because you look like me?" I was obviously laughing the whole time. And then he was like, "Here's my phone number. Don't give it to anybody. Please, please, call me back. Call me back if you want to. We could chat. Let's giggle over this. Maybe there's a silver lining in all this. But call me back." And then he was like, "And once again, this is Shia LaBeouf, the guy you got hit for looking like. And yeah, man, I'm sorry. I'm just really sorry." And he was like "Keep your head up, G." And that was it.
Licato said he's listened to the voicemail "like five times already." He also added that he had plans to call Shia back after he was done with work and had some wine. Looks like he eventually got around to it.
Also, he is looking a lot better than he did last week. Ouch.
Licato's assailant has still not been identified, and may still be out there punching faces that look like Shia's.