Shia LaBeouf Opens Up About His Stint in Rehab

By May Wilkerson 04/20/15

The actor talked about his recovery from alcohol at the Tribeca Film Festival last week.

Shia LaBeouf

Actor Shia LaBeouf opened up about last year’s stint in rehab at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, at a screening of Love True, a documentary he produced.

“I just got out of rehab nine months ago, and in rehab they make you do this kind of operatic therapy and you sit with this small group, three or four people, and you work through your shit and somebody will play your father and somebody will play your mother,” said LaBeouf. “For me, it was like method acting. You rarely get that on a film set because film sets get so large that you have people looking at you like you’re just a [bleeping] actor.”

The 28-year-old entered treatment for alcoholism last summer shortly after he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at a Broadway show.

"He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery,” said his rep at the time.

The incident followed a string of “bizarre behavior” by LaBeouf, including a 2008 car accident and DUI arrest after which he refused an alcohol test. “Why am I an alcoholic? I haven't a damn clue! What is life about? I don't know," he said after the accident, which got his license suspended. "What I do know is, I screw up." In 2009, he told Parade magazine he was “working ... to be a better person.”

LaBeouf said he reached out to Love True director Alma Har’el after he starred in a music video she directed. “The best art comes out of pain,” he said. “When a genius has pain, the Warren Buffett in me is like, ‘Go.’ Not that there’s a big Warren Buffett in me or anything or that I got into this for financial shit.”

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