Shia LaBeouf’s Chest Tattoo Is Real And He Got It For A Movie Role

July 7, 2020 / Posted by:

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:

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”:


David clarified the casting choice on his Twitter:

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.


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