Shia LaBeouf is getting personal like never before in his new movie “Honey Boy”.
Featuring a screenplay by LaBeouf, “Honey Boy” delves deep into his past as a child actor, chronicling his struggles with mental health and the complicated relationship with his father — played by LaBeouf. Also starring are FKA Twigs, Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, and Clifton Collins Jr.
“Shia LaBeouf mines his own troubled childhood in this raw confessional, which traces a decade in the toxic relationship between a famous child actor and his abusive alcoholic father,” reads the film’s official synopsis.
“There was definitely an urgency in the script that I think anybody that read it felt,” director Alma Har’el told IndieWire when the film screened at Sundance. “An outpour, you know? [LaBeouf] was basically court-ordered to go to rehab and write his memories. That’s how I got the script, like you see in the film, while he was in rehab. And I think you can sense that in the film, too.”
For LaBeouf, dredging up his painful past to re-enact it on screen was an admittedly odd process, revealing that when he was forced to write about his experiences he did it in script form because “that’s how I read, which is weird,” he told IndieWire.
”It’s strange to, like, fetishize your pain and make product out of it and feel guilty about that,” he added. “Because it felt very selfish, this whole thing felt very selfish. I never went into this thinking, Let me f**king help people. That wasn’t my goal. I was falling apart.”
“Honey Boy” opens November 8 and will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 5-15.