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Here's How Closely 'Honey Boy' Is Based on Shia LaBeouf's Troubling Childhood


There's been a lot of internet buzz around Honey Boy, a film that Shia LaBeouf wrote while in rehab. The trailer, which is about a child star growing up with an erratic father as his career coach, looks mesmerizing, beautiful, and...familiar. If you know anything about Shia LaBeouf, then you probably know the actor jumpstarted his career starring as Louis Stevens on Disney Channel's Even Stevens when he was young. As a way to grapple with his PTSD and childhood trauma, he wrote an autobiographical film in which he plays his own dad.

What's the plot of Honey Boy?

Honey Boy, directed by Alma Har’el, follows Otis Lort (a young version played by Noah Jupe and an older version played by Lucas Hedges), a child actor who lives with his father, James, in a hotel room. James is Otis's biggest cheerleader, but he's also abusive toward him. Otis grows up to be a successful actor who, as we see in the trailer, goes through a downward spiral similar to Shia's. Otis becomes self-destructive, chugging copious amounts of alcohol and getting thrown in the backseat of cop cars.