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Shia LaBeouf confessed to making up claims about her father’s abusive behavior to promote the film Honey boyadmitting that he “raised his hand to some bullshit that wasn’t real”.
LaBeouf wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed 2019 film, directed by Alma Har’el and featuring the star playing a version of his father.
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At the time of the film’s release, LaBeouf said the story was inspired by his own life and likened it to an exorcism, with Lucas Hedges – and Noah Jupe in the character’s younger years – playing a young star of the troubled cinema based on the Transformers actor himself.
But now the 36-year-old star has confessed that he “wrote this fiction that was just fucking nonsense,” in an interview with Jon Bernthal on his podcast. The real ones – reported via EW.
LaBeouf said, “My dad has been so loving to me all his life. Fractures? Sure. Crooked? Sure. Shaky? Sure, but he was never loving, he was never there. He was always there.
“And I had done a world press tour about how fucked up he was as a man. Honey boy it’s basically like a big “woe to me” story about how fucked up my dad is and I did him wrong. “
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LaBeouf had previously told the story of showing the script to his father, but has now admitted that the finished film bore little resemblance to the script his father had seen.
The star confessed that the only time his father hit him was when he was caught smoking a cigarette, but that this anecdote “didn’t position me as this injured and fractured child you could be rooting for. and that’s what I was using it for. “
LaBeouf, who recently revealed he has been sober for nearly two years, said he spoke to his father on the phone to apologize for the way he was characterized.
“When I went on the phone with him, I took responsibility for all of this and I knew very clearly that I couldn’t take it back,” the actor said.
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He added: “My father would have lived with this certain fiction about him, on a public scale, for a long time. Probably for the rest of his life.”
Honey boy received rave reviews – its Rotten Tomatoes approval score is 94% – and has appeared on numerous critics’ lists of the best films of 2019.
LaBeouf has been embroiled in a number of controversies in recent years, including his former partner FKA Twigs filing a lawsuit for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting, claims LaBeouf denied.
Last year it was reported that the former couple had been involved in negotiations for the deal ahead of a possible trial.
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More recently, LaBeouf’s departure from Olivia Wilde’s next film Don’t worry honey – in which he was replaced by Harry Styles – sparked a war of words in the press.
Wilde, directing his second film after the high school comedy Smart bookclaimed to have fired LaBeouf to protect co-star Florence Pugh.
He told Variety that his process seemed to require “a fighting energy” that was incompatible with his wishes for the set.
Wilde added: “For our film, what we really needed was an energy that would support us incredibly. Particularly with a film like this, I knew I was going to ask Florence to be in very vulnerable situations and my priority was. make her feel safe and feel supported. “
LaBeouf disputed Wilde’s description of what happened, stating in an email published by Variety that he left the project himself due to lack of time for rehearsal.
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He added, “The firing never happened, Olivia. And while I fully understand the attractiveness of promoting that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency it carries. That’s not the truth.”
Don’t worry honey is slated to hit UK theaters on 23 September after a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
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