Shia LaBeouf premiered his autobiographical memoir "Honey Boy" at Eccles Theater on the Friday night of the Sundance Film Festival
at the height of his Disney star fame, and it shows his tense relationship with his alcoholic, the played by LaBeouf. The self-reliant character Otis Lort is portrayed by Noah Jupe as a teenager and Lucas Hedges as an adult.
LaBeouf wrote his first script after one of his rehabilitation phases several years ago. "It's weird to fetishize your pain and turn it into a product," LaBeouf said from the Eccles stage. "And you feel guilty. It felt very selfish. The whole thing felt very selfish. I never thought, "Oh, let me help people." That was not my goal. I fell apart.
He sent the script to his girlfriend, documentary filmmaker Alma Harle, who decided to make "Honey Boy" their first narrative feature. "Originally, this was a linear movie," Harold said. "It started with the young Otis." She suggested juxtaposing the scenes of the past with the present to convey the pain Otis was still dealing with as an adult growing up with an alcoholic.
LaBeouf and his father Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf have been frustrated for years. In the questions and answers, however, the actor showed that he has reconnected. "Previously, my father and I had not spoken for six, seven years," LaBeouf said. "We're Talking."
"Honey Boy," distributed by Sundance, could be one of the more commercial perspectives for this year's festival. The opening scene plays an action movie (LaBeouf starred in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and the "Transformers" franchise). And there are other scenes that are supposed to be a show like "Even Stevens," the Disney Channel series that LaBeouf made in the beginning.
Utah. "It's a blessing to show you. And thank you for coming. "