After seeing paparazzi pictures of Shia LaBeouf looking Steve Jobs’ brother who sold stolen iPhones from the trunk of his Chrysler LeBaron, we can finally see what it was all for. The first trailer for Honey Boy was dropped by Amazon today, which is of course the film written by Shia and starring Shia as a barely fictionalized version of his own weird stage father, and Lucas Hedges as a barely fictionalized version of adult Shia.
To say this movie is a dark picture of Shia’s life is an understatement. Shia says he wrote Honey Boy as part of his rehab program, and adds that it helped him acknowledge his shitty upbringing and subsequent PTSD and anger issues. The movie stars Shia as James Lort, who pushes his young son Otis Lort (who is young Shia LaBeouf) into acting, and he subsequently becomes a huge child star.
There’s even a part where Little Shia lands a spot on a kids sitcom. And I really want to know what title they chose for the TV show. Because I joked about a lawsuit up top, but it’s no joke that Disney absolutely would sue the shit out of Shia if that fake TV show sounded or looked anything like Even Stevens, especially if the film makes it seem like Shia had a bad time on set. Or maybe Disney wouldn’t care. Because really, it’s not as if the material could possibly be worse than what could potentially be written by a former Nickelodeon kid.
Not only was Shia’s dad a fan of dirtbag chic style (I see where Shia gets it), but it looks like he was a showbiz dad from Hell.
But it’s not all about Little Shia. At one point in the trailer, Lucas Hedges (playing grown-up Otis Lort) crashes his car and pulls some entitled movie star shit on the cops. Because who of us didn’t want to see Shia’s messy, drunken Georgia arrest video artfully directed and filmed in HD?