“Who doesn’t wanna be played by Mel Gibson”: Shia LaBeouf Lied To His Father For Selfish Reasons After Meeting Him For the First Time in 7 Years

“Who doesn’t wanna be played by Mel Gibson”: Shia LaBeouf Lied To His Father For Selfish Reasons After Meeting Him For the First Time in 7 Years
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Shia LaBeouf’s life has always been shrouded in a captivating mystery, generating fascination. A previous revelation has resonated throughout the entertainment industry, unveiling the intricate dynamics of the actor’s connection with his father.

Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf

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Following a lengthy period of estrangement, the 37-year-old finally reunited with his paternal figure, but instead of a heartfelt reunion, he chose deception, motivated by what appeared to be self-serving reasons.


Shia LaBeouf Deceitfully Misled His Father Due To Selfish Motives

In a revelation that reverberates with intrigue, Shia LaBeouf finds himself at the center of a startling accusation that he deliberately misled his father, driven by motives seemingly rooted in self-interest.

This revelation casts a revealing spotlight on the intricate dynamics within the actor’s personal life. In the world of Hollywood buzz during the 2019 awards season, LaBeouf’s portrayal of James Lort, a character inspired by his father in the semi-autobiographical film Honey Boy, garnered significant attention and acclaim.

Shia LaBeouf
Fury star, Shia LaBeouf

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However, this achievement almost slipped his grasp for a unique reason: LaBeouf initially anticipated Mel Gibson playing his father’s role in the movie.

 In a candid moment, he shared an anecdote during a THR Actors Roundtable interview with fellow actors contending for prestige recognition, recounting how he had deceived his father into approving the film. He revealed, “Who doesn’t wanna be played by Mel Gibson.”

Further, the artist added,


“I sent it to Mel Gibson and luckily he never emailed me back and it gave me an opportunity. I thought he was the guy to play my dad, and my dad was thinking along the same lines. And it’s one thing to want to play your dad, it’s another thing to stand in front of your father after seven years of not talking and go, ‘Hey, man, I’m going to play you,’ when there’s contention already. So I lied to him and told him, ‘Mel Gibson’s going to play you. Sign right here.”

LaBeouf’s story unveiled the lengths he went to to secure his father’s consent for his self-centeredness, despite a decade-long estrangement.

The delicate balance between artistic portrayal and the complexities of familial relationships becomes evident as he admitted to fabricating the involvement of Gibson.

The layers of deception and familial reconciliation add an intriguing twist to LaBeouf’s journey, highlighting the paradoxes of fame and personal relationships within the enigmatic world of Hollywood.


Nevertheless, previously, LaBeouf acknowledged that his depiction in Honey Boy had inflicted damage upon his father.

Shia LaBeouf Admitted His Portrayal In Honey Boy Wronged His Father

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Shia LaBeouf in the Honey Boy

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In a moving moment of candor, LaBeouf has publicly recognized the profound effect his portrayal in the film Honey Boy had on his relationship with his father, Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf.


The Hole performer, both writer, and star of the 2019 film that delves into their intricate bond, disclosed that he amplified certain aspects of the script to construct a narrative that painted him in a more favorable light.

On the Real Ones podcast with Jon Bernthal, LaBeouf said, 

“I wrote this narrative which was just f—— nonsense. My dad was so loving to me my whole life. Fractures? Sure. Crooked? Sure. Wonky? For sure, but never was not loving, never was not there. He was always there. And I’d done a world press tour about how f—— he was as a man. Honey Boy is basically like a big ‘woe is me’ story about how f—— my father is and I wronged him.”

LaBeouf’s open approach to art and life underscores the intricate relationship between an artist’s narrative and the impact it can have on familial connections.


His revelation served as a powerful reminder of the challenges artists face when sharing their intimate stories with the world.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Real Ones podcast with Jon Bernthal


Written by Muskan Chaudhary

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