Shia LaBeouf’s semi-autobiographical film Honey Boy delves into the darkest parts of his childhood.
Honey Boy, the American drama film which is the autobiographical tale of actor Shia LaBeouf. The film is based on his childhood and his relationship with his father.
He grew up making a Disney Channel show with his own father as his caretaker and acting coach. Adding to it, Shia LaBeouf also plays his own father, exorcising some of his personal demons.
The movie is directed by Alma Har’el and the movie stars are LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and FKA Twigs.
Lukas Hedges (Lady Bird, Moonrise Kingdom) plays an adolescent LaBeouf proxy Otis Lort, while a curly-haired Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) plays the childhood “Otis” we’d remember from Disney Channel. LaBeouf cast himself as his own father, James Lort.
In one scene, LaBeouf-as-his-dad asks his childhood self to consider about how humiliating it to be on your son’s payroll. Child Shia responds: “You wouldn’t be here if I didn’t pay you.”
LaBeouf started writing the script as a therapeutic exercise in his rehab program, according to a Q&A he gave in January. He explained that he naturally diaries in script-form, “Because that is how I can read, which is a weird thing.”
Har’el and LaBeouf see the film as an exploration of “art as medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself.”