Shia LaBeouf’s abuse by father often invented for autobiographical film

Shia LaBeouf’s abuse by father often invented for autobiographical film
Shia LaBeouf’s abuse by father often invented for autobiographical film


Shia LaBeouf had an interesting double role for the 2019 indie film Honey Boy. In the film, he not only played the lead role, but also wrote the script. In retrospect, however, he does not look back positively on the script; in fact, he is disgusted by what he wrongly told about his own father at the time.

The film is said to have been partly autobiographical and told about LaBeouf’s childhood. The intense relationship with an ex-convict father is a major element of the film, when father and son are forced to live together in a motel in San Fernando Valley.

LaBeouf put his apparently abusive father in a particularly bad light in the film. He now looks back with regret at that decision a few years ago.

The actor’s self-disgust
LaBeouf has now revealed on the podcast Real Ones that the film is not autobiographical and that he has taken creative liberties with the father figure. LaBeouf: “My father was so loving to me all my life. Broken, sure. Crooked, sure. Wobbly, sure. But never was he not loving, never was he not there for me.”

Embarrassed, he continued: “This is a man I’ve vilified on a global scale. I twisted some things – it wasn’t real. My father never hit me, never. He hit me once, once…

The revelation comes during a difficult time for LaBeouf. His resignation from Olivia Wilde’s film Don’t Worry Darling is now widely discussed in the media.

The article is in Dutch

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