Shia LaBeouf has been a rather peculiar character over the past few years. In his teens he first found Hollywood success on the classic Disney television show Even Stevens, which he then parlayed into landing the star role of Michael Bay’s Transformers film series in 2007. Since that series ended however, LaBeouf has been on a bit of a downward spiral combating mental health issues and substance abuse issues, subsequently leaving his Hollywood career in question. While it had seemed that the actor was staging an impressive comeback after a very successful 2019, starring in the film The Peanut Butter Falcon as well as the self-written film Honey Boy based upon his complex relationship with his father, it seems that LaBeouf has begun to return to his old ways. LaBeouf has been booted off the set of Olivia Wilde’s upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling, with seemingly no shortage of reasons.
It was highlighted last year when Wilde filmed her directorial debut film, Booksmart, that she imposes a strict “no-asshole policy” on set, and anyone who knows LaBeouf knows this is probably not the best setting for the actor. In more politically correct terms, sources have said that “LaBeouf displayed poor behavior and his style clashed with the cast and crew,” adding that his work style was very “off-putting” to the director, cast and crew. Shia’s professional career does not only appear to be all that is in limbo however as he may soon have to worry about walking down the street, let alone getting an acting role: FKA Twigs has recently filed charges and is suing her now ex-boyfriend for sexual battery. Though seemingly unrelated to the film, LaBeouf’s firing would come shortly after the accusations came to light, leading many to speculate that it likely also played a significant part in Wilde’s ultimate decision.
While LaBeouf is notoriously difficult to work with and should come as no to surprise to the director, the charges being levied against the actor go far beyond the bizarre and peculiar behavior he is known for. Reports have detailed LaBeouf’s abhorrent actions, “knowingly giving [Twigs] a sexually transmitted disease” among countless other grotesque behaviors, accompanied by “frequent rage and bouts of jealousy” that were sure to leave his ex-girlfriend in fear for her safety. Now, LaBeouf must defend his behaviors in court, as if that is even possible in this context, and potentially redeem his career once again, if he even gets the chance too. Now, Wilde has casted Harry Styles as LaBeouf’s replacement, leaving fans of the pop star elated to see him on the silver screen once again. While we await for LaBeouf to see his day in court, fans can expect to see Wilde’s second stint as director hit theaters late next year.