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Shia LaBeouf Will Play His Own Father in a Biopic About Himself
From the man who watched a marathon of his own movies for three days straight comes another extremely Shia LaBeouf project. The actor will play his own father in an upcoming biopic about his life.
The film, which LaBeouf co-wrote, is loosely based on his relationship with his father that he detailed in Esquire’s recent cover story:
“And a lot of my shit has to do with my relationship with my dad,” he says. “That dude is my gasoline.” Whenever a scene required LaBeouf to conjure intense emotion, Jeffrey would stand next to the camera, just off set, so that LaBeouf could see him, focus on him. “I could work myself up into a frenzy,” he says. “He’s the whole reason I became an actor.”
This relationship served as inspiration for the script he wrote about “a child actor and his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father attempt to mend their contentious relationship over the course of a decade.” The film is called Honey Boy, which is what LaBeouf’s father called his son. In the movie, Lucas Hedges (who had an Oscar-nominated breakout role in Manchester by the Sea and co-starred in last year’s Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) will play a younger version of LaBeouf, Variety reports.
He finished writing the screenplay while in rehab, where he went through prolonged-exposure therapy as part of his treatment. “You keep talking about it. You keep bringing it up, acting it out, thinking about its smell. Every which way you can get to it,” he told Esquire. “My dad handed me a lot, and his legacy was an emotional one. And it wasn’t scarring. He handed me texture. My dad blessed me that way.”