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Mel Gibson Sympathizes With Shia LaBeouf: 'My Heart Goes Out To The Poor Guy'

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After making headlines for his now-infamous anti-Semitic rant during his arrest in 2006 and again in 2012 when his horrific fight with then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva leaked, Mel Gibson's name was forever tainted in Hollywood. But he's hoping that it doesn't end up that way for Shia LaBeouf.

In an interview with Indiewire published July 8, Mel Gibson expressed sympathy for LaBeouf in light of the 28-year-old's recent struggles.

"When I see someone like Shia LaBeouf with the bag on his head and stuff, my heart goes out to the poor guy. I think he's suffering in some way," Gibson said.

Gibson was referring to an incident in February when LaBeouf showed up to the "Nymphomaniac" premiere with a bag over his head that read "I am not famous anymore." LaBeouf's more recent troubles include getting kicked out of a Broadway play and subsequently being arrested by New York police.

"People are in line to sort of point the finger at him and say that he's this, that, or the other. It's easy to judge. But I'm sure he's going through some kind of personal, very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there," Gibson continued.

But Gibson is hopeful that LaBeouf will turn his life around.

"He'll probably play it out and come back ... He'll be all right. I actually like the kid. I think he's good."

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