The elotes at famous local truck stop Fuel City must be pretty good. Good enough to draw a visit from Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf, who showed up at the Fuel City in Mesquite on June 2 and bought a cup of its popular street food-style corn.
LaBeouf, who has starred in three Transformer films and is filming a movie about tennis player John McEnroe, stopped in at Fuel City around 7 pm. An employee said the station had no idea he was coming and that the visit itself was pretty low key. "There wasn't a crowd or anything, someone took a picture, but we got a big reaction on Facebook," she said.
LaBeouf's visit was part of a performance art project he launched in May called "Take Me Anywhere," in which he and collaborators Nastja Sade Ronkko and Luke Turner are hitchhiking across the country. According to ComicBook.com, the project was commissioned by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish Institute of London as part of MediaLive 2016 and is being supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and Vice.
Aside from his roles in films such as Fury and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, LaBeouf is probably just as well known for his various, culture-disrupting extracurricular activities, such as tweeting "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" 22 times or filming himself watching his own movies in a theater for three days nonstop.
Fuel City is as famous for its tacos as its diesel fuel pumps; its in-house taqueria has become a foodie tourist destination. LaBeouf sussed out the allure of its elotes, which even have their own Facebook page. His next destination is New Orleans.
The original Fuel City opened in 1999 at the I-30/I-35 intersection and is one of the most popular travel centers in Texas, with a car wash, tacos and elotes, five Texas longhorns, a swimming pool, oil derrick, windmill, drive-thru beer barn, live karaoke, and native Texas trees and cactus. Owner John Benda opened the Mesquite branch in summer 2015.