Trilby Beresford
Updated Apr 30, 2016 @ 5:36 am
Credit: Twitter/Mario Licato

Everybody has a doppelgänger in this huge world, and usually it’s a pleasant experience when (if you’re lucky enough) you come across yours. However, New York art director Mario Licato’s doppelgänger happens to be the well-known and somewhat controversial actor Shia LaBeouf, and this uncanny resemblance has actually caused him physical harm. Last Saturday, Mario was punched in the face at a Subway station on the Lower East Side, by a guy who exclaimed, “This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!” Yikes, chill out dude.

Okay sure, Shia is an eccentric human being who once watched all of his movies in one sitting, performed practically naked in a birdcage for a Sia video, and stuck a brown paper bag over his head with the words, “I am not famous anymore,” for the purpose of a strange installation art exhibition. BUT, none of this is a reason to resort to violence. The incident happened though, and poor Mario was all black and bruised afterward.

The ordeal led to Mario getting his picture in the paper. You can see that Mario does look like Shia LaBeouf — it’s not just the beard, but the facial structure, features, and complexion. Bet he’s wishing it wasn’t so…

Except there’s a silver lining to this story, and it’s pretty great. Shia LaBeouf — the real person — heard about this unfortunate event and left a sweet message of apology on Mario’s voicemail. Apparently it was really long and conversational, starting off with “Hey, this is Shia LaBeouf… I just read an article that you were punched in the face because you look like me. Aw man. That sucks. I’m so sorry.” Shia even said that if he was in New York, he’d bring Mario some soup.

THEN he gave Mario his phone number — literally! And it looks like the identical twins had a lovely chat, because Mario’s caption to this photo was, “Brb talking to the real Shia.”

Wow, in that picture he REALLY looks like Shia LaBeouf. Doppelgängers are no joke. Anyway, we hope that Mario recovers and gets back to his normal life (with absolutely no violence) soon.