NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While some people take pride in looking like celebrities, one local man’s resemblance to a star got him attacked.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro explained, a man was sucker punched for looking like Shia LaBeouf.READ MORE: Columbia Student Killed, Tourist Wounded In Stabbings Near Morningside Park; Suspect In Custody
Mario Licato is still confused about why he was punched in the face as he left a Lower East Side subway station on Saturday night.
“Either Shia LaBeouf did something terrible to him, or I have a punchable face,” he said.
Licato said he was walking up the stairs from the F Train at the Delancey Street-Essex Street station when a man walking in the opposite direction sucker punched him and shouted.
“That’s because you look exactly like (expletive) Shia LeBeouf,” he said.
Licato said it isn’t the first time he’s been told that he looks like the Hollywood actor, famous for starring roles in movies like Transformers.
“Well I mean other people have been telling me for a long time that I resemble Shia LaBeouf, but in a good way, like, ‘Oh, you look like Shia LaBeouf, that’s cute,’ not like, ‘Oh I want to punch you in the face, you look like Shia LaBeouf,'” he said.READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer Timothy Thrane Set To Be Released From Hospital
At first, Licato thought he’d imagined the man’s outburst, but said bystanders confirmed it.
“I was like, ‘Am I crazy, or did that guy just say he punched me because I look like Shia LaBeouf?’ and they were like: ‘Oh no, you’re not crazy. That’s exactly what he said to you,'” he said.
Witnesses said the apparent Shia LaBeouf hater took off down into the station and hopped on a train.
Licato was left bleeding with broken glasses.
With a black eye and a gash over his eyebrow late Tuesday, Licato was left wondering about his attacker’s Hollywood hatred.
“Does he hate, like, his work? Does he hate me? I don’t know,” he said.MORE NEWS: NYC DOT Investigating Anti-Vaccine Ad At Bus Shelter In Brooklyn
Despite the alleged motivation behind the attack Licato said he doesn’t hold a grudge against the actor, and considers himself a fan.