On Friday, Shia LaBeouf disputed director Olivia Wilde’s claims as to why he was fired from her upcoming film. don’t worry baby in a report by Variety. In emails he sent to the publication, LeBeouf claimed he left the film due to a lack of rehearsal time, contrary to Wilde’s claims in a recent profile, also in Varietythat the two had different working styles, stating that his acting process “requires”[d] a combative energy.”
The evidence LaBeouf provided in the article included text messages from Wilde and a video she allegedly sent him two days after he claimed to have left the production, asking if he can “make peace” with actress Florence. Pugh, who he would have partnered with… star with in don’t worry baby. The video, in particular, seemed to appease social media users who were rumored to have been arguing with Wilde during filming. Folks also pointed out what appeared to be a discrepancy between Wilde’s alleged pursuit of the actor amid conflicts with Pugh and the strict “no bastards” policy she previously discussed in an interview.
Responses to the article focused less on LaBeouf’s specific accusations and more on Wilde’s professionalism and values as a self-proclaimed feminist. The timing of LaBeouf’s accusations ultimately seems more questionable and worrisome than Wilde’s prowess as a director. Given the baby boy The actor’s current sexual battery and sexual assault from his former girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs, who will face trial in April, and his recent public appearances, we may have to strap ourselves for what could be a long, ugly, misogynistic redemption tour.
for the Variety article caused quite a stir, LaBeouf made headlines after announcing on Bishop Robert Barron’s YouTube channel that he had converted to Catholicism. On Thursday, the actor sat down with the founder of Word on Fire for a nearly 90-minute interview — his first after the December trial — to discuss his newfound faith and the experiences that led to his conversion, including thoughts of suicide and a upcoming film portraying St. Padre Pio, which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. It is entirely possible that LaBeouf, who claims to have sought treatment after the December trial, has come to his new religion in an authentic way. But the way this personal tidbit has been presented in the media — first as an exclusive to TSWT News — has been quite dubious, with headlines and articles announcing LaBeouf’s righteous pivot uncritically and citing his current abuse allegations as an unrelated aside.
Earlier this week, LaBeouf also appeared in the trailer for actor Jon Bernthal’s weekly podcast realwhich the American gigolo star posted on his Instagram page. While their conversation is inaudible, in a few short excerpts LaBeouf looks tearful, implying that their discussion is drifting into personal territory, as is the direction of the podcast. It is unclear whether the interview was recorded before or after LaBeouf’s pending lawsuit or what he is promoting. But the fact that Bernthal and his team apparently had no qualms about recording his Fury co-star in marketing visuals — or the optics of the beloved actor, whose career is on the rise and associating with him — points to a growing apathy toward sexual and domestic violence in Hollywood, despite the initial impact of the #MeToo and Time’s Upward moves just five years ago.
Much of the apathy was highlighted in the recent Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial, where a large number of celebrities and much of the internet publicly supported Depp (with some famous people doing their best to mock Heard), despite substantial evidence in the Virginia case and previous British lawsuit that he had physically and sexually abused her. The verdict that Heard Depp had slandered in a… Washington Post op-ed, also became a rallying cry for right-wing media and pundits, and a clear signal that the days of famous men being held accountable for their actions are seemingly over.
Given the overwhelming public support for Depp, it’s not hard to imagine a similar fate for LaBeouf as he starts a lawsuit with his former girlfriend, all of whose claims he denies. Like the pirates of the caribbean actor, LaBeouf has an oddly cult-like fan base online, including movie accounts on Twitter and Instagram that continue to support him. He is also a beloved childhood cultural figure of many millennials as the Disney Channel’s star Even Stevens and the children’s movie Holes. As the Depp-Heard research has shown, this particular connection has been found to be at the root of the most intense parasocial relationships people can have with celebrities.
“As the Depp-Heard research has shown, this particular connection has been found to be at the root of the most intense parasocial relationships people can have with celebrities.”
LeBeouf’s potential comeback seems especially likely because he’s already succeeded in it before. The movie of 2019 baby boy, about his dysfunctional upbringing and relationship with his father, was an effective rebrand of a famously awkward and bizarrely behaved actor, whose misdeeds at the time included plagiarism and a racist diatribe against a black police officer, among other legal issues. With some ugly parts of his past being revealed, he was able to contextualize his behavior without necessarily making amends or proving that he had changed. And for most of Hollywood, which showered him with praise for his performance and screenwriting, that was enough.
It’s unclear whether LaBeouf will be able to regain his status in Hollywood again or how the results of the trial will affect his reputation. But for now, he has given us a glimpse of the level of power he can currently wield against women. In the case of his ongoing relationship with Wilde, her wording of his termination is not at all important in light of the substantial allegations of abuse leveled against him by various women. Still, LaBeouf is able to convince certain online users that he wasn’t combative on set (despite quotes he has suggested from Wilde suggesting otherwise) and publicly a woman, already experiencing fierce reactions from her current relationship, call a liar.
Famous men have proven to be extremely calculated with their images and relentlessly hungry for fame, despite the heinous crimes they’ve been accused of (currently watch Brad Pitt), which is why LaBoeuf re-emerges as a man of God and a loving father. and husband seems no coincidence to his trial. With the easy forgiveness of men in our culture and the obsession with celebrities, the months leading up to and during what will most likely be a highly publicized lawsuit sound like a nightmare.