A couple of months ago Shia LaBeouf was spotted flashing a giant chest tattoo. A backward Affleck, if you will. At the time, no one was sure if it was an actual tattoo or just Hollywood makeup magic. Now, sadly, we have confirmation that the eyesore is 100% real, and Shia got it for an upcoming gangster movie titled The Tax Collector.
The film’s director, David Ayers, shared this tragic information during an interview (via Slash Film):
He’s one of the best actors I’ve worked with, and he’s the most committed to body and soul. He had a tooth pulled on Fury, and then on Tax Collector, he got his whole chest tattooed. So he kind of goes all in, and I’ve never known anyone that committed.
Here’s the chest tattoo in question. We now know “Creeper” is Shia’s character’s name:
Is anyone else grappling with seeing shia labeouf’s torso tattoos for the first time https://t.co/g19PqF6E1A
— Hannah (@han_from_hell) March 29, 2020
Wow. So let me get this straight. Shia chose to permanently alter his entire chest with a faux gang tattoo for a one-off role. Because he’s a very serious method actor type. Huh. HUH. I hate to point out the hole in his logic, but if Shia wants to be the next Daniel Day-Lewis, he’s royally fucked himself for the future. What if his next role is a good Mormon boy who moonlights as an underwear model?
Here’s the trailer for The Tax Collector. Please note that Shia is fully clothed in every single scene:
When the trailer was released, some accused David of exploiting stereotypes and casting a white actor (Shia) in a Latino role AKA “brownface”:
Is this @thecampaignbook (Shia) doing Brownface?! I’m out.
— José Galván (@dj_josegalvan) July 2, 2020
David clarified the casting choice on his Twitter:
Really important answer – Shia is playing a whiteboy who grew up in the hood. This is a Jewish dude playing a white character. Also the only white dude in the movie 💁♂️ https://t.co/PS6foJwQXV
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 1, 2020
Quick, Shia, use those Hollywood millions to laser that shit off, stat! You don’t need to add “culturally appropriative chest region” to your long list of fuck-ups.