A newly clean-shaven Shia LaBeouf made a surprise visit to Italy yesterday to participate in interviews to support his last film, “Man Down,” at the Venice Film Festival. Shia described his involvement in the project as an attempt by his friend, director Dito Montiel, to offer him a chance to work his way out of a “low” place.
“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,'” Shia told reporters in Venice.
Rumors are that the crew on the film went out of its way to shield Shia from the press, and that Shia avoided alcohol and stuck to a healthy personal regimen throughout out the filming.
Shia attended all cast events at the festival to support the film, including press interviews, black tie events, and even meets-and-greets with fans. Throughout, the actor seemed unusually calm, focused and positive.
Another theme for Shia during his media interviews was talking about his desire in the future to only work with “friends.” The former “Transformers” star stated that he was no longer interested in chasing the biggest films, most cutting edge projects, top directors or top costars, indicating, that he’d rather work on roles that didn’t require as much personal sacrifice, extreme shoots or financial risk as those that he actively pursued in the past.
Hopefully Shia has found his way to health and is back on a good path.
We have video from one of Shia’s press interviews below.