The Trailer to Shia LaBeouf's Semi-Autobiographical 'Honey Boy' Is Very Intense and Very LaBeouf-y
If nothing else, Shia LaBeouf is intense, and one shouldn’t have expected anything less from his upcoming semi-autobiographical flick ‘Honey Boy.’
The recently released trailer showcases LeBeouf’s notorious intensity in which he channels a character based on his own father, prodding and bullying his onscreen son played by both Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges (the latter of which is rather amusing considering Hedges is only 10 years younger than LeBeouf). Check out the trailer embedded below.
Written by LaBeouf and directed by Alma Har’el, ‘Honey Boy’ is inspired by LaBeouf’s life. It follows the actor Otis Lort from his childhood (Jupe) through to his days as a young adult (Hedges), when the pressures of childhood fame and fortune are starting to take their toll. The title of the movie comes from the former ‘Even Stevens’ star’s nickname as a kid.
LaBeouf penned the script as part of a rehabilitation program he embarked on, tackling “the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon,” he said in a statement. His contentious relationship with his father and his struggle with mental health issues are also themes addressed throughout the film.
“It is strange to fetishize your pain and make a product out of it and feel guilty about that,” LaBeouf said at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where his film premiered to a standing ovation. “It felt very selfish. This whole thing felt very selfish. I never went into this thinking, ‘Oh, I am going to fucking help people.’ That wasn’t my goal. I was falling apart.”
‘Honey Boy’ hits theaters November 8th.