Two months after the late-night car crash that landed him in the hospital with a crushed left hand, “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf broke his silence about the emotional impact of the accident. Speaking to “Entertainment Tonight” on Monday, his hand still taped up in a brace, LaBeouf referred to the incident as “eye-opening and terrifying,” and described how the other car hit his truck “at 70 mph,” causing it to flip over.
LaBeouf was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for injuries to his head, left hand and knee, but his passenger, “Transformers 2″ co-star Isabel Lucas, and the driver of the other car were not seriously hurt. The 22-year-old actor was arrested and cited for misdemeanor DUI because officials said he showed signs of intoxication at the scene, but he has not been charged with any crime in the incident. He’s also not likely to be found at fault in the crash, because police said the other driver ran a red light.
LaBeouf, whose new movie “Eagle Eye” opens on September 26, said the accident was, “one of the biggest things that’s happened to me, for sure, in my life. … I’m grateful to be here.”
Asked how his life has changed since his rise to stardom after the first “Transformers” movie and this summer’s “Indiana Jones” flick, LaBeouf said, “exponentially in every way. This is the dream, the dream is just changing. It’s still … this is the best job in the world. There’s negatives, but, yeah, that’s in everything. That’s life. I would not want to be doing anything else.”
(LaBeouf talks to MTV News about his crazier scenes in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” here .)
The actor — who has said in the past that he didn’t want to be the kind of star who ran with the Hollywood crowd and ended up in the tabloids — said he’s still trying to figure out the realities of fame and constantly being in the public eye.
“I’m dealing with it,” he said. “It’s all very new. I’m trying to figure out how to be edible to a lot of people.”