The Venice Film Festival is in full swing, with the festival normally serving as an early barometer for Oscar season. One of the movies that debuted at the film festival today is Man Down, which doesn't have a release date in place at this time. The film reunites actor Shia LaBeouf with director Dito Montiel, who both collaborated on the 2006 drama A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. The actor made headlines last year after a string of bizarre incidents, such as yelling from the audience during a Broadway show, and showing up to a movie premiere by wearing a paper bag over his head. During an interview with Associated Press, Shia LaBeouf revealed that Man Down was a therapeutic experience for him.
"He came to my house when I was in a really low place and offered it to me like therapy, like 'here's a healing process so we can jump into together and get well. I want to work with people that I have a connection with. I think for a while I was chasing the 10 list, right? The 10 directors you want to work with - and that didn't fare well for me. I do much better with loving, familial environments where you feel like you can fail and the dude will get you on the other side. So I'm trying to make friends now and work with those people."
Man Down centers on a traumatized U.S. Marine (Shia LaBeouf) searching for his estranged wife and son after disaster strikes. The supporting cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Clifton Collins Jr. and Jai Courtney. The actor revealed that Gary Oldman is his hero, and he follows him around "like a weirdo." Here's what the actor had to say about his idol.
"He's my hero, I love him. I do anything he tells me. I follow him around like a weirdo. I hear he's going to sound mix or something and I'll just show up and dude's looking at me like 'what are you doing here?' Because I've already seen the sound mix but I'm back there and go 'Hey, what's up Gary? Looking at sound mix huh?'"
Man Down doesn't have a release date set at this time, but we'll have to wait and see if it gets picked up for distribution at the Venice Film Festival. It is also set to screen at the Toronto Film Festival next weekend, but we'll keep you posted if it gets picked up. What do you think about Shia LaBeouf's therapeutic experience on Man Down?