Shia LaBeouf’s July 2008 car accident left his hand seriously injured and his driver’s license suspended for one year. And in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor said he will be able to get behind the wheel again, but says he doesn’t think he’ll ever regain the full use of his hand.
“I’ve had screws and plates put in. They put a screw in one of my knuckles. And they shaved a piece of bone off my hip and made a [bone for my] finger out of it,” he said of his hand that has required three surgeries, the most recent on April 2. “I imagine like two months and I’ll be back on my feet.”
Though the actor believes he’ll bounce back from the third surgery, he said his hand will never be the same.
”[I’ll get back] probably about 80-something percent. I’ll be able to make a fist again. There’s a knuckle I’ll never be able to move again, but that’s probably the only permanent damage, other than the scarring,” he told the mag.
LaBeouf’s daily life has already been dramatically affected by his injury.
“It’s hard to do anything. It’s hard to button your pants or brush your teeth, let alone jump off a three-story building into a pad. This movie was the most physical thing I’ve ever had to do, and I had to do it with a broken hand,” he said of filming the upcoming “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. Constantly having to take hits and fall and run through explosions and get hit and beat up all day,” he continued. “Aside from my hand, I also got 25 stitches making this movie, in various parts of my body — stuff that had nothing to do with my hand.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, in September, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced there was “insufficient evidence” to charge the “Transformers” star with drunken driving for his involvement in the accident.
The actor was arrested for suspicion of DUI following the crash after showing “physical signs” of being impaired, LA Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore previously said.
However, at the time, the DA’s office did note LaBeouf’s refusal to take a Breathalyzer test could result in a suspension of his license.
Sheriff’s deputies said later that the actor was not at fault in the accident.