By this stage it should be clear that Shia LaBeouf is running his own race — and he is very much winning.
What a lot of people won’t know is that LaBeouf early life was filled with crazy antics, most of which involved his unhinged, heroin-addled father.
Here’s a list of all the crazy shit Shia did before turning 13, but chief among those was being turned onto weed by his father, who would later pull a gun on him during a crazed ‘Nam flashback.
“My dad brought something called the ‘elephant seed’ to Oahu, Hawaii”, LaBeouf explained. “My dad wasn’t thinking franchise. He was selling things to the Hawaiian mafia, and then they would give it to their cab drivers to sell when they picked people up from airports.”
Obviously this all makes for a great story, which is what LaBeouf is aiming for with the autobiographic Honey Boy, which he wrote under the nom de plume Otis Lort.
Interestingly, LaBeouf will play his own father, with the excellent Lucas Hedges playing Shia at the age of 12, 13, when he began working on the (hilarious and great) Disney show Even Stevens.
A description reads: “A child actor and his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father attempt to mend their contentious relationship over the course of a decade.”
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Hedges recently starred in Lady Bird, (the completely nonsensical) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Manchester By The Sea. He is one of the most intense, interesting young actors working today, so it will be interesting to see him portray a young Shia.
I predict he will nail it.