I know that Hollywood loves to redeem a white guy, but I always found it strange that, for Shia LaBeouf, he didn’t have to ask for it. He obviously had some longstanding addiction and anger problems, and once yelled racist things at a Black cop, and then yelled racist things about Black people to a white cop. He went through a huge plagiarism controversy (and plagiarized his apology). He was arrested for drunk and disorderly a couple of times, and he did a stint in rehab, and then he came back and everything was … good? He made a movie — a very good movie — about how abusive his father was, and then that seemed to put everything into perspective, and Hollywood was like, “Oh, well. That explains it!”
Here’s Buzzfeed on Honey Boy:
This doesn’t necessarily absolve LaBeouf of his reckless, often abusive behavior, but it does suggest a new model for how emotionally damaged young men can heal. He has now admitted that he has been a deeply shitty adult. He isn’t just saying he’s sorry — though he appears to be — but rather, he’s giving a blueprint for how others can evolve. And Honey Boy shows exactly how that evolution happened.
I’m not sure he was saying he was sorry, so much as he was saying, “This is why I am a shitty adult.” But he never really said that he stopped being a shitty adult, and his actions in the last year illustrate the opposite. Regardless, it doesn’t really matter if he was reckoning with his own behavior, or whether he properly apologized, because he’s still a seriously shitty adult.
Here’s FKA Twigs in Elle Magazine today, saying she was lucky to get out of her relationship alive:
The gun entered their shared bedroom in November 2018, and in her lawsuit, twigs says she was scared to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom for fear LaBeouf might accidentally shoot her, mistaking her for an intruder. At one point, she sent a picture of it to her manager. “I thought to myself, ‘If he shoots me, and then if there is some sort of investigation, they will put the pieces together. I need to leave little clues.’ ” Equally disturbing, LaBeouf would shamelessly brag about shooting stray dogs. He said it helped him “get into character” as a gun-toting henchman for his role in 2020’s The Tax Collector. Twigs was disturbed by this confession and questioned him. “I said to him, ‘That’s really bad. Why are you doing that?’ And he was like, ‘Because I take my art seriously. You’re not supporting me in my art. This is what I do. It’s different from singing. I don’t just get up on a stage and do a few moves. I’m in the character.’ He made me feel bad, like I didn’t understand what it was like to be an actor or to do this…Method [acting technique].”
He’s an absolute monster. Before we all start writing glowing articles about comebacks and redemptions, maybe we should interrogate how or what that person has done to deserve glowing articles other than make a movie about why he’s a shitty person. Furthermore, I hope that no one wastes another redemption arc on him.