Shia LaBeouf went on Ellen to promote his new movie American Honey and talk about how life’s been going for the often-controversial actor. The most interesting part of the interview came when Ellen asked LaBeouf about his thigh tattoos. The good stuff runs from the start of the video until roughly the one-minute mark.
I can kinda understand getting one Missy tattoo, as who the hell didn’t blare “Work It” on repeat back in the day? But TWO Missy tattoos!? That’s just goddamn reckless and flat out unnecessary.
While this was the first time the world’s ever seen LaBeouf’s Missy ink, he recently talked with Variety about getting frequently tatted up during the shooting of American Honey. From Variety:
“One of the things we’d do as a group, we’d all go to the f-cking tattoo shop,” LaBeouf says. He got inked with 12 tattoos while making the film, which drove his director crazy, because she didn’t want her star showing up looking different in every scene. The memories of American Honey are now forever engraved on LaBeouf’s arms, neck, and both of his knees, which feature matching portraits of Missy Elliott.
“I don’t love Missy Elliott like I wanna get two Missy Elliott tattoos,” LaBeouf says. “But you’re in a tattoo parlor, and” — he shrugs — “peer pressure.”
If anyone knows about the power of peer pressure, it’s Shia. His co-stars probably just played this video on a loop until LaBeouf finally cracked.