‘Knives Out’ Star LaKeith Stanfield Deletes Alarming Videos — What They Showed

If you go to LaKeith Stanfield’s Instagram page on Aug. 11, you’ll see only a single post assuring fans the Knives Out star is okay. On Aug. 10, Stanfield had posted some videos which led fans and celebrities to worry for his safety. Stanfield deleted those videos. Here is what Stanfield posted that caused alarm.

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LaKeith Stanfield from ‘Short Term 12’ to ‘Knives Out’

Stanfield’s first feature film was the indie drama Short Term 12, which also co-starred Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Kaitlyn Dever and John Gallagher, Jr. The same year, Stanfield played a masked marauder in the sequel The Purge: Anarchy

Roles as real life figures Jimmie Lee Jackson in Selma and Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton brought Stanfield more notoriety. In Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, Stanfield had the title line, warning Daniel Kaluuya. Stanfield got to recreate that role on the Oscar stage.

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L-R: Daniel Craig, LaKeith Stanfield, Noah Segan | Claire Folger/Lionsgate

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Stanfield has a recurring role on TV’s Atlanta as Darius. He continues to work in indie movies like Sorry to Bother You and big studio movies like The Girl in the Spider’s Web and Knives Out. His latest movie was The Photograph.

LaKeith Stanfield posted photos and videos of pills and alcohol

The Los Angeles Times reports Stanfield posted four Instagram posts involving a bottle of beta blocker pills. Three still photos of the bottle had the following captions:

“Reality is boring and moves too slow and no one is trustworthy.” 

“Outside is crazy imma just stay inside [from] now on.” 

“Bottoms up.”

The video, in which Stanfield poured alcohol into the pill bottle, bore the caption, “I like to be by myself because I can hurt myself and no one tells me to stop or fakes like they care.”

LaKeith Stanfield’s celebrity fans reached out

Overdosing on beta blockers can be deadly, and exacerbated when mixed with alcohol. Patton Oswalt asked for help reaching out to Stanfield in a tweet he since deleted.

“I have no way to contact Lakeith Stanfield directly,” Oswalt’s tweet read according to Yahoo! Sports. “I’ve reached out to some friends we have in common. But can someone on here who knows him PLEASE reach out to him? Like RIGHT NOW? He’s posting stuff on IG that has me worried for his well-being. Thank you.”

The star and his team reported he is okay

Stanfield’s publicists at Platform PR tweeted that Stanfield is okay. 

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Stanfield’s own Instagram post read, “I’m ok everyone ! I appreciate everyone checking in on me but I’m good. I’m not harming myself. Much love.” with an emoji of a rose. 

His caption added, “I apologize for making you worry.” Celebrities like Yvette Nicole Brown, Janelle Monae, Michael B. Jordan, Kelvin Harris, Jr. and Kendrick Sampson commented with support for Stanfield. 

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“Gald you’re okay #BirthdayTwin,” Brown wrote.

How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.