It’s fair to say Shia LaBeouf fans are used to the various shades of their ever evolving hero.
The 31-year-old former Even Stevens star has gone through more transformations than, erm, a transformer.
Going from Disney child actor to conceptual performance artist via a thriller and action strewn path; he has confused, entranced and spawned numerous memes.
Perhaps more than ever before, his latest project has had LaBeouf connoisseurs truly blinking in disbelief; with an autobiographical film where he appears to quite literally transfigure into his own father.
Bruh Shia Labeouf is playing Shia Labeouf’s father in the new Shia Labeouf biopic while Lucas Hedges is playing Shia Labeouf. OSCAR MATERIAL RIGHT THERE
— Kyle (@kyleJose_) June 1, 2018
Why in Sam's mooney hell is there a Shia Labeouf biopic where Shia Labeouf is playing his own father instead of himself, Shia Labeouf?
— ?????? (@pinkbatman) May 31, 2018
This new biopic – entitled Honey Boy after Shia’s father’s childhood pet name for him – is loosely based on the early years of LaBeouf.
The plot follows a child star as he deals with his ‘law-breaking, alcohol-abusing’ dad, James Lort, inspired by LaBeouf’s own father Jeffrey.
LaBeouf takes on the role of Jeffrey for this film, during a time period when he was ordered to undertake a 10-week stint in rehab.
And boy, does it look like the eccentric method actor is committed by the look of recently released photos from the film set.
Gone is the curly crop of hair, swapped with a partially balding wig of thin blonde hair. LaBeouf looks years – even decades – older; with a get-up made complete with grubby denim, full sideburns and outdated, circular glasses.
Manchester By The Sea actor Lucas Hedges will star as Otis Lort, the young LaBeouf inspired character at the centre of the film. Interestingly, there is really only a 10-year age gap between the two actors.
Maika Monroe, Martin Starr and Natasha Lyonne are among some of the other actors starring in the Alma Har’el directed film.
According to the movie description on IMDb, the plot is as follows:
A child actor works to mend the relationship with his hard-drinking, law-breaking father.
People do not know what to make of this dramatically different look, tweeting about the transformation in pure shock.
One baffled person commented:
Shia LaBeouf as Shia LaBeouf’s dad is definitely a look.
These images of Shia LaBeouf will haunt me.
— Declan Cashin-Chalamet-Porowski-B.Jordan (@Tweet_Dec) June 1, 2018
Shia LaBeouf doing Shia LaBeouf things and I’m here for it. pic.twitter.com/w2YJ4C2QLa
— InSession Film (@InSessionFilm) June 1, 2018
these images of Shia LaBeouf will haunt me pic.twitter.com/bF7D9S5bDm
— Hayley Brundige (@HayleyBrundige) May 31, 2018
Shia Labeouf as Shia Labeouf's dad is definitely a look pic.twitter.com/8SBGCdm0Vt
— rob trench (@robtrench) May 31, 2018
Speaking with Esquire about the highly personal movie, LaBeouf revealed:
I went to sleep last night thinking that this is going to be some boo-hoo piece: ‘Oh, here he is not trying to own his s***. He’s trying to put it on his father’…
My dad handed me a lot, and his legacy was an emotional one. And it wasn’t scarring. He handed me texture. My dad blessed me that way.
Shia LaBeouf as his own dad 10/10 pic.twitter.com/LiqtPK34aN
— Pawel Kapuscinski (@AlienDeg) June 1, 2018
LaBeouf’s father Jeffrey is now 68 years old and has led a troubled life. A former Vietnam veteran, he battled with addictions to heroin and alcohol throughout LaBeouf’s childhood.
Jeffrey is also a convicted paedophile who attempted to rape a minor back in 1981, MailOnline reports.
LaBeouf – whose parents broke up when he was just three-years-old – told Esquire how his father was the motivating force behind him becoming an actor:
A lot of my shit has to do with my relationship with my dad… That dude is my gasoline.
Maybe I'll just be Shia LaBeouf for a while.I feel like Shia
— Yankees fan/David Price hater (@Marqel_whoelse) June 1, 2018
Nobody prepares for a role quite like Shia LaBeouf.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.