Shia LaBeouf makes headlines from time to time, and the allegations against him seem to rack up. As he makes his apology tour rounds, LaBeouf revealed that he lied about being abused as a kid to promote his autobiographical movie, Honey Boy.
The 2019 drama, Honey Boy, which was supposedly inspired by LaBeouf’s years as a child actor on such projects as the Disney Channel sitcom Even Stevens and the Disney movie Holes, was written by the former Transformers star. This would lead into his time as a blockbuster actor in the Michael Bay-directed Hasbro franchise and starring in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, among other things.
A memorable aspect of Honey Boy was its exploration of LaBeouf’s tumultuous relationship with his real-life father, who was portrayed as an abusive, fame-hungry guy who was trying to maintain sobriety throughout the movie. LaBeouf starred in Honey Boy as a fictionalized version of his father while A Quiet Place‘s Noah Jupe and Lady Bird‘s Lucas Hedges portraying the child and young adult versions of LaBeouf in the film.
Recently, while appearing on Jon Bernthal’s Real Ones podcast, Shia LaBeouf opened up about his recent mental health struggles and how they’ve reflected in his work. When asked about his autobiographical movie, Honey Boy, the actor/writer revealed he lied about being abused by his dad in order to write the film and help promote it, and expressed remorse for having done so.
I wrote this narrative, which was just f—–g nonsense. My dad was so loving to me my whole life. Fractured, sure. Crooked, sure. Wonky, for sure. But never was not loving, never was not there. He was always there… and I’d done a world press tour about how f—-d he was as a man. Here’s a man who I’ve done vilified on a grand scale. I turned the knob up on certain s–t that wasn’t real. My dad never hit me, never. He spanked me once, one time. And the story that gets painted in ‘Honey Boy’ is this dude is abusing his kid all the time. I wronged him. I remember getting on the phone with him, and him being like, ‘I never read this stuff in the script you sent.’ Because I didn’t put that s–t in there. My dad was going to live with this certain narrative about him on a public scale for a very long time, probably the rest of his life.
LaBeouf also used his time on Bernthal’s podcast to address the abuse allegations leveled against him by Honey Boy co-star/ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs. He admitted while on the podcast that he “f—-d up bad” and expressed his appreciation for her stepping up for herself in order to help him realize the error of his actions.
For those who have been following recent reports about the actor, LaBeouf’s admission that he lied about being assaulted to promote Honey Boy is undoubtedly troubling. LaBeouf recently responded to Olivia Wilde’s recent revelation that she had sacked him from the film Don’t Worry, Darling, by claiming that he had left the production owing to a lack of preparation time and revealing emails and a video in which Wilde appears to be begging him to stay with the project. We’ll have to see what LaBeouf has in store for us next.
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