Shia LaBeouf’s Mandated Therapy Led to Autobiographical ‘Honey Boy’

November 11, 2019 0 By William Hollis


I mean it when I say you’re
one of the best actors around. You’re so raw, and real,
and honest, and everything. You’re right, you
don’t lie for a living. You’re a very honest guy. Thank you. Yeah, and congratulations. You got an award last night for
screenwriting for this movie. Congratulations. [APPLAUSE] Congratulations to you, too. That Carol Burnett
thing is major. Thank you so much. So, wait, so is this the first
film that you’ve written ever? Yeah. Wow. Yeah. And how long did it
take you to write it? Well, it took me maybe about
two months to get it all sorted. Wow. Yeah, I wrote the first chunk. I was in this head camp
that they sent me to. And I wrote the first chunk. And then when I got home,
I hadn’t seen my dad in seven years. And my director, Alma
Har’el, who’s a wizard. She’s like, you need
to go see your dad. So then I went and saw
my dad, recorded that. Came home, had the ending. Wrestled it down. And that was the process. It’s so good. I saw it by myself. And then I wanted
Portia to see it. So we sat down and
watched it again. Whoa. She loves it. I mean, it’s really good. What’s a head camp? Head camp is where
the court sends you when the other option is seven
years in jail, pretty much. Oh, wow. OK, so this is the situation. You were shooting a movie. Yes. And something– Got arrested in Georgia. You got arrested. For terrorizing
a police officer, which is a felony charge. And they said, you
know, you got a problem. And then they sent
me to this place. And they said, you got PTSD. We got a solution. We started doing this stuff
called exposure therapy. And through that
process, recording all these conversations, is
where the movie came from. Right, so that really is real
when you were writing down the conversations you
were having with your dad in the movie. Yes. Yeah, all right, so
it’s called Honey Boy. Explain to everyone–
it’s a version– this little boy, by
the way, Noah Dupe? Brilliant. He’s brilliant. I am in love with
that little kid. But explain, he’s you. Yeah. So it’s a chunk of my
life when I was doing a show called Even Stevens. And my dad was coming
to set with me. And it’s based around
this chunk of time when we were living in a
motel by the Fox Hills Mall and going to work. And that’s what
the movie is about. Right, so you were
a child actor. And your dad– I knew your
dad was a clown, I knew that. But I didn’t know the
situation and the story. And have you shown– has your dad seen this? Yeah, he’s seen– I’ve
seen him see it, yeah. Uh-huh, so what did
he say about it? Well, I wasn’t going to ask him. Because too much was riding. I mean, I don’t know how
you are, your parents. But he could have folded me if
he’d said something off color. And he’s an off-color character. So I basically had him
set up a web camera and then watched him
watch the whole movie. And he didn’t say much. But I know he felt like
I saw him, you know? Like I really saw
him, like I got him. And he was very teary eyed. And it’s a love letter. So it felt that way. Very complicated
relationship you had with him, to say the least. And then did he give
you notes or anything? Yeah, not about any of that
heavy stuff, just about– my dad was very particular
about this relationship he had with a chicken
named Henrietta LaFoul, who was the world’s first
daredevil chicken. And this is my dad’s act. It was like his opus. True. And my dad used to put
this chicken on his head and do cartwheels. And the chicken and run from his
head to his butt, from his head to his butt. And he’d– Now, is that your dad? Or is that you? Because– That’s me. At the end of the film,
there’s footage of your dad. There’s actual, real footage. Yes. But this is you
with the chicken. Yeah, that took a while
to get him up there. But yeah, that’s him. Yeah, that’s our Henrietta. All right, so you you were
on this show Hot Ones, right? Yes. And they were asking you about
wearing some pink leotards. Yes. They were mine. Because I asked you to do it to
raise some money for charity. Yes. And you did it. Yes. I love you for that. So– yep. That’s commitment, right there. [APPLAUSE] So I’m going to give
you another opportunity to raise money for charity. I want to give you $10,000 for
the charity of your choice. OK. But I understand you
can eat spicy things? You like spicy things? I could eat spicy things. Yeah, I can’t. I can’t handle spicy. But I understand you can. So I’m going to give you
something that’s supposedly is extremely spicy. What’s it called? A ghost– do y’all know
what a ghost pepper is? Yes! And a cosine and everything. Y’all are fancy. All right, so this
is a ghost pepper. Is this the spiciest
thing in the world? It’s among them. OK. Hey! All right, so
there’s water here. What else can we help you with
if this is really, really bad? That pepper’s gone. Just say bye-bye, pepper. Really? Yeah, he’s out of here. Bye-bye, pepper. Bye-bye, pepper. That’s a cute little
pepper, right there. [LAUGHTER] That’s a cutie pie. Probably take a minute
to kick in, probably. Really? Probably, sure, it’s a pepper. Be careful. I don’t want to throw up
on your knee right there. Yeah. I don’t want you to throw
up on my knee, either. I know you don’t. I’ll just hold this thing
right here in case something– Your eyes aren’t even watering. We’ll see how you
are in a minute. We’re going to take a break. And we’re going to play
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