What happened between the actors on the set of 2012’s Lawless isn’t exactly clear. When Den of Geeks asked Hardy about the rumor he and LaBeouf got in a fight that resulted in Hardy being knocked out, Hardy replied, “He knocked me out sparko. Out cold. He’s a bad, bad boy. He is. He’s quite intimidating as well. He’s a scary dude.”
Recently, though, LaBeouf told Hot Ones that Hardy tells that story as a joke. The truth is, he continued, that he and Hardy “used to fuck with each other all the time” and that one day Hardy barged in on LaBeouf and his girlfriend when they were naked together, grabbed LaBeouf, and started wrestling with him. He then fell down some stairs, knocking himself out. Um, OK?
Clouding things even more is Lawless director John Hillcoat, who, during a Reddit AMA, said it wasn’t true that LaBeouf knocked out Hardy, but that “there was definitely a fight between them. It escalated to the point where they had to both be restrained.”