Honey Boy Official Trailer
I’ve been eagerly waiting for this trailer after first hearing Shia LaBeouf talk about it during an interview. I think the best way to describe the story portrayed in the film is fair. What I mean by that is that I think it’s going to tell an honest story, not some over dramatized story with a fake ending.
Without seeing the movie, or really knowing much about his father I can share this story that I have that involves him. During the time of filming, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was on lock down. I worked with production to make sure that images didn’t get leaked. That meant everyone in the crew wore security badges, if a phone was taken out on set it was confiscated and it didn’t matter who they were, they were not allowed on set without permission because the powers that be who were involved with the project told us so. Will Smith tried stopping by unannounced because he was working on the Sony lot at the time. My boss told him he had to wait outside until we had approval. Will was allowed in but not his entourage.
One day after a day of shooting Shia told me that his dad was going to visit set tomorrow. I asked what his name was and that I needed to get him a pass to get on the lot, etc. He simply replied, “Don’t worry, he’ll find a way in.” I laughed because at the time I didn’t believe him. Yet, the next day, there he was, on set. He somehow found a way on the lot and on set.
Now there’s no moral to that story. I was just reminded of the story after watching the trailer and wanted to share.
Amazon Stuidos – From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Dancer-singer FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself.