‘Honey Boy’: Shia LaBeouf Reveals How His Father Feels About The Autobiographical Film

Actor Shia LaBeouf’s new film, Honey Boy, is getting a lot of attention. It stars LaBeouf as a character based on his own father, and it’s not exactly a positive portrayal. So what does his dad think of the movie? Let’s find out.

Shia LaBeouf was a child actor

LaBeouf is a Los Angeles native who got started in the business at a very young age. After a few small roles in series such as Freaks and Geeks and ER, he was cast in the Disney Channel sitcom Even Stevens as Louis Stevens, a preteen boy with a wild imagination and sense of humor.

From there, LaBeouf transitioned into film roles. He broke out on the big screen as the lead in Holes (based on the book of the same name), before landing the part of the leading man in the Transformers franchise. LaBeouf also scored the part of the title character’s son in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

His past few years have been rough

Over the last several years, things began to shift for LaBeouf. When he was 21, he was arrested for the first time for disorderly conduct. He was arrested again for the same charge in 2014 at a Broadway performance of Cabaret. This time, he also assaulted star Alan Cumming and was required to complete a 12-step program for alcohol addiction.

Over the next few years, he began to perform a number of performance art pieces, all of which were looked upon strangely by the media. Then, in 2017, LaBeouf was arrested yet again for disorderly conduct. He then spent time in court-ordered rehab. And that’s where his new chapter began.

LaBeouf wrote a script in rehab

Shia LaBeouf at the premiere of 'Honey Boy' on Nov. 5, 2019.
Shia LaBeouf at the premiere of ‘Honey Boy’ on Nov. 5, 2019. | Rich Fury/Getty Images

“They said, ‘You have PTSD. You’ve got to start writing. This is how you get to the solution. The only way out is through.’ So I started writing all these dark chapters of my life and it wound up being [in] this script form,” said LaBeouf on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I sent it to my friend. And it became a movie.”

Interestingly, that’s not what LaBeouf had planned for his time after rehab. “I thought the actor thing was over. And then I signed up to go to the Peace Corps,” he said. Fortunately, it was easy to get out of when he decided to make Honey Boy. “There were very peaceful about it,” he laughed.

What is ‘Honey Boy’ about?

Here’s what you need to know about Honey Boy. The film stars LaBeouf as James Lort, the father of a young aspiring actor, Otis Lort (played by Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges at different times in his life). Other actors in the movie include Natasha Lyonne as Otis’ mother, with FKA Twigs and Martin Starr in supporting roles.

It’s no secret that the movie is based on LaBeouf’s own life and that the character he’s playing is reminiscent of his own dad, Jeffrey LaBeouf. Of portraying his father, LaBeouf said, “My dad’s a pretty off-color character. He wasn’t too enthused about me playing him. So I lied to him and told him that Mel Gibson would be playing him.

Here’s what LaBeouf’s father thinks about the portrayal of him

Considering how he’s portrayed in the film (see the trailer above), you might think that LaBeouf’s father would take issue with the film. “I watched him watch it on a webcam. I told him, ‘Listen, I don’t want to hear your review, I just want to watch you watch it,'” said La Beouf. “It was really emotional,” he added.

However, it doesn’t seem as though his dad has an issue with the attention that it’s brought him and their family, even if he comes off negatively. “He’ll read it all,” he said. “My dad’s like a peacock. This is like his big moment.” And given the incredible reviews the movie has received thus far, it looks like the older LaBeouf has something pretty big to be happy about.