Shia LaBeouf urged to try anger management after bar brawl
WITH BILL ZWECKER October 18, 2011 7:34PM
Shia LaBeouf (left) seems to copying the disparaging ways of Michael Bay, his director on three “Transformers” movies. Co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is at right. | Koki Nagahama~Getty Images
Updated: November 20, 2011 8:48AM
Friends of Shia LaBeouf are hoping to persuade the “Transformers” star to begin some anger management counseling in the wake of the actor’s most recent public display of rage.
As reported by TMZ, LaBeouf got into a brawl last week with an unnamed bar patron at the Cinema Public House in Vancouver, B.C., where he’s filming “The Company You Keep” with Robert Redford. Sounds like LaBeouf needs to pay attention to the title of that movie — and ignore drunks in bars who attempt to pick fights with him.
According to one of the key crew members of “The Company You Keep,” the man repeatedly insulted LaBeouf and his manhood, “which is something Shia should have just ignored,” said the source. “But unfortunately, he let the guy get under his thin skin — and he followed him out into the street, where the man knocked him down before Shia’s friends broke things up and helped cool it down.
“These things can happen when Shia’s been drinking. He can turn nasty so fast. … He’s like Sean Penn. One moment he can be totally charming, and then he’ll lose it and go off on someone — especially when it’s a nut in a bar who is looking for a fight.”
The source also says that LaBeouf lately has turned his temper on those close to him — even while totally sober.
“I think it stems largely from him seeing how [‘Transformers’ director] Michael Bay treats everyone like s--- ,” added the associate. “Shia’s totally copied his demeanor in so many situations. He even comes up with the same insults as Michael when he’s putting someone down.”
SILENT GRIEVING: Look for Mel Gibson to carefully avoid any public statements regarding the expected imminent death of his father, Hutton Gibson, 93, who has made outrageous comments over the years denying the Holocaust and revealing anti-Semitism and twisted views about the Roman Catholic Church.
The Oscar winner, who has worked hard to rehabilitate his image — a process made more difficult by his ugly custody battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva — has been advised to avoid any comments about his dad, whose health is rapidly failing.
Mel Gibson was criticized in the past for failing to apologize for or distance himself from his father’s rantings.
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“She’ll be around for awhile, and then he’ll move on but stay friends with her — like he always does,” said a close Clooney observer, who was with him in New York earlier this week for the premiere of “The Descendants.”
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