Shia LaBeouf lied and told his dad that Mel Gibson would play him in ‘Honey Boy’ to get his permission to make the biopic movie

Shia LaBeouf plays his own father in

Shia LaBeouf plays his own father in “Honey Boy.”
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Shia LaBeouf had a cunning way of getting his father to agree to the making of Amazon Studio’s “Honey Boy,” in which LaBeouf plays his own dad, named James in the movie; Noah Jupe (“A Quiet Place”) plays 12-year-old Otis; and Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) plays 22-year-old Otis.

The movie’s director Alma Har’el told Business Insider’s Jason Guerrasio that LaBeouf told his father that Mel Gibson was going to play him, “because his father really loves Mel Gibson.”

LaBeouf told the story on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday, saying: “My dad’s a pretty off-color character, he wasn’t too enthused about me playing him.

“So I lied to him and told him that Mel Gibson would be playing him,” he said.

“Then he signed the paperwork, and I got home and I broke it to him … I said, ‘Listen man, it’s not like that.'”

“Honey Boy,” which Guerrasio lauded as “the most honest movie of the year,” tells of LaBeouf’s relationship with his father, which was both verbally and physically abusive at times.

Asked how his dad reacted to his portrayal in the movie, LaBeouf told Kimmel that he didn’t ask for his opinion, but actually watched his father watch it live over Skype.

“It was really emotional,” LaBeouf said.

Watch the interview in full below.

“Honey Boy” opens in theaters on Friday.

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