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For Gottsagen, who made history as the first presenter with Down syndrome at the ceremony, it was a dream come true.
Online, however, LaBeouf was accused of laughing at his The Peanut Butter Falcon co-star and fellow presenter.
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Responding to the claims on Twitter, Honey Boy director Alma Har’el defended LaBeouf over the incident.
“Shia was offered to present an Oscar,” the director explained on Twitter.
“He said he would do it if he can share that moment with his beloved co-star Zack Gottsagen who we all adore,” he added.
“It’s stressful up there.”
Shia was offered to present an Oscar. He said he would do it if he can share that moment with his beloved co-star Zack Gottsagen who we all adore. It’s stressful up there… pic.twitter.com/F75aT1vURa
— Alma Har’el???? (@Almaharel) February 10, 2020
Unbeknownst to many viewers, LaBeouf and Gottsagen have become incredibly close friends since appearing together in the comedy-drama The Peanut Butter Falcon.
In the film, LaBeouf stars as a fugitive fisherman on the run who befriends a man with Down syndrome (Gottsagen) who has escaped his assisted living home in the hopes of becoming a professional wrestler.