Shia La Beouf finally told the story of how he got arrested at a performance of Cabaret last summer. Talking to Jimmy Kimmel, the actor, whose antics have got him more attention than his acting, explained that he was in New York having just flown in from Ireland, where he had been drinking a lot of whiskey. “When you go to Rome, you have spaghetti. When you go to Ireland, you drink whiskey.” Wishing no doubt to extend his vacation mood, he hit a bar in Times Square and drank some more. The anecdote meanders a lot and involves a homeless veteran before it gets to the part about Cabaret, which La Beouf in his inebriated state thought was actually, you know, “a cabaret,” and was trying to buy drinks for women in the audience “who wanted nothing to do with me,” and feeding a woman strawberries before he saw “Alan Tooting” (Cabaret star Alan Cumming).
Seeing Cumming smoke, La Beouf decided he could smoke as well, and when Cumming passed by him, “I give him a slap on the ass, because I think he deserves it…He’s the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. I don’t just slap it slap it. I grabbed him—like, I grabbed a whole cheek because I wanted the party right here in my pants. I wanted the whole party. So, he finds a way to wiggle out of my Hercules grip and I’m a little disappointed about it, so I think it’s time to have another cigarette. So, I start having a cigarette and a security guard comes up and says, ‘Can you put the cigarette out?'” During the intermission, someone told La Boeuf that there was another party outside. “I’m thinking ‘Oh! Well OK!’ And I see six cops having their own party.” At the police station, La Beouf decided to channel Tupac with the others in the holding cell. “So my possum is like, ‘You gotta do something, man. You gotta do something or you’re gonna die in here.’ So, I turn into Tupac. Now I’m ripping my shirt off and I’m doing push-ups like, ‘Don’t mess with me, dawg. I’m crazy, you know what I’m saying?’ The guy’s like, ‘What are you in here for?’ I’m like, ‘Cabaret, homie. Cabaret.'”