During the Hollywood Film Awards, while accepting his award for screenwriting, actor Shia LaBeouf didn’t just thank his family and friends for being there for him throughout his acting career and while he was writing the screenplay for “Honey Boy.” He also thanked the police officer who arrested him during a drunken stupor in Savannah, Georgia.
According to LaBeouf, the police officer, whom he asked for a cigarette and was refused to be given one, actually saved his life that day when he arrested him. Because LaBeouf received one year of probation, he was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,680, including fees, and 100 hours of community service.
He was also ordered to drug and alcohol evaluating. Because of this, LaBeouf attended rehab. He gives credit to the police officer who arrested him for making him go to rehab and saving his life that day.
It was during this stay in rehab when he wrote the screenplay for “Honey Boy” which was based on his own life as a childhood actor. The story is about being a childhood actor and living with the problems that come with it. LaBeouf played his father in this movie.
Apparently, on that day when LaBeouf was drunk, he was trying to bum a cigarette from a bystander as well as the police officer who would arrest him later on. When neither one of them would give him one, he started acting belligerent, cursing and screaming vulgar words at them. The officer at first told him to leave but LaBeouf refused and made the officer chase him to the hotel lobby where they finally caught him and arrested him.
“I want to thank the police officer who arrested me in Georgia for changing my life,” LaBeouf said while the audience laughed. However, he was serious. LaBeouf gives credit for his life being saved because of that Savannah, Georgia police officer arresting him that day.
Shia LaBeouf's autobiographical indie film Honey Boy (which was written by and stars LaBeouf) is a painfully honest look at growing up in the spotlight, like he did for Even Stevens.
— IGN (@IGN) November 5, 2019