As we inch closer to the end of 2019 and into 2020, you’re understandably seeing a lot of retrospectives about the last 12 months. Well, the good folks at Pornhub have joined in on that fun providing statistics on what its users look up on the site in 2019. As it turns out, when it comes to character searches, many Pornhubbers are, uh, big fans of superheroes.
Looking over the Movies and TV Characters category of the Pornhub Insights, a lot of visitors to the site clearly experienced a lot of pleasure watching Marvel and DC-themed sexual revelry this past year. Here are the folks/teams who took the top 5 spots on this list.
The Avengers ranking at #1 is no surprise given the record-breaking success of Avengers: Endgame this year. The same goes for Captain Marvel, which finally introduced Carol Danvers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ranks as 2019’s fourth highest-grossing movie worldwide. As for the Incredibles, evidently plenty of people are still fantasizing about Pixar’s family of costumed crimefighters more than a year out from Incredibles 2’s release.
It should also be noted Harley Quinn and Teen Titans qualify in both the movie and TV categories. Harley starred in 2016’s Suicide Squad and currently leads her own animated series on the DC Universe streaming service, while the Titans starred in last year’s animated Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (the primary fanbase for that movie should stay FAR AWAY from Pornhub) and have also have their own DC Universe series.
Of the Top 5, Harley Quinn and The Incredibles are the only holdovers from 2018’s Top 5, with Avengers just barely missing the cut at #6 last year. However, in 2018, Harley Quinn took the #1 spot, but again, the Avengers were the 2019 MVPs, so the Clown Princess of Crime taking 2nd is hardly a knock on her appeal. After all, apparently a lot of people are into clown porn. As for why The Incredibles moved from third to fourth place, I’m guessing DC Universe’s Titans simply sparked a lot of new fantasies.
Lower down on the characters list, Black Widow, Joker, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Catwoman, Elastigirl, Batman, X-Men, Batgirl, Deadpool and Captain America were also popular searches. Some of those Marvel characters can technically still qualify in the Top 5 though since they’re part of the Avengers. And while they don’t belong at Marvel or DC, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Power Rangers made the cut too, with those morphenomenal superheroes still going strong on TV and preparing for another cinematic reboot.
It was already clear that superheroes are still reigning supreme in pop culture from the continually-expanding lineup and movies and TV shows, but these Pornhub searches just further cement that. Something tells me when we regroup this time next year, superheroes will still dominate the character searches on the site. Although looking at the Marvel and DC film slate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Harley Quinn takes back the #1 spot thanks to Birds of Prey. It’s also a good bet that Black Widow and Wonder Woman will jump higher up thanks to their respective movies.
When you’re done experiencing superhero-themed adult entertainment available on Pornhub, be sure to look through our Marvel movies guide and DC movies guide to learn what these franchises have coming down their respective pipelines.
Over the weekend, the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, the highly-anticipated sequel the 2017 superhero film, finally debuted! Back in the ‘70s, audiences were no stranger to Diana Prince’s wonder. Lynda Carter memorably played the DC hero on television between 1975 and 1979. Along with fellow superhero star Brie Larson, Carter has an awesome response to the first look at the sequel. Check it out:
Yes! There’s nothing better than an official co-sign from the actress who so many have fondly remembered as Wonder Woman for years! The 68-year-old actress called the trailer “pure brilliance” in her tweet, specifically pointing her compliment to writer/director Patty Jenkins. She’s not alone; a lot of fans were digging the Wonder Woman 1984 sneak peek. Another story starring Gal Gadot really reeled us in, Carter included!
The trailer follows Diana Prince in 1984, almost 70 years after the events of the first film. Gal Gadot’s character is, of course, looking just as youthful as she hangs out with Kristen Wiig’s Barbara Minerva – who will become the villain Cheetah over the course of the film. It heavily calls back to the death of her first love, Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, before the character shows up in the time period and they reunite. But, seriously… how?
Wonder Woman 1984 also sets up powerful businessman Maxwell Lord, who appears to be another villain in the sequel. The movie tackles the Reagan Era, when commercial shopping malls and bright-colored fashioned reigned in pop culture. There’s also a few flashes back to Diana Prince’s home of Themyscira and her badass Golden Eagle Armor.
Along with Lynda Carter’s co-sign, fans thanked the actress’ legacy as TV’s first Wonder Woman. Many even shared their hope for Carter to have a cameo in Wonder Woman 1984. It would be an awesome callback! If there’s any Wonder Woman to include the iconic actress, this is the one, considering she’d be famous at that time. It’d also be funny if the movie calls back to the television show, potentially having roots in Gadot’s debut in the late 1910s within the universe.
Also on DC’s side of things, Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7, 2020. Matt Reeves’ The Batman, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and Black Adam all arrive in 2021, and Shazam 2 and The Flash were recently given 2022 release dates to join in on Aquaman’s return.
Let the final countdown begin. In a little over a week, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. Fans will finally get the answers to their many questions about how the franchise will close out the Skywalker Saga after nine episodes and across over 40 years. With the final stretch ahead of us, Lucasfilm has released another TV spot to amp up the anticipation, and this one features another look at Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa. Check it out:
Between our favorite characters being armed with blue and red lightsabers, and teases of a final showdown between the Resistance, First Order and Palpatine(?) there’s a quick flash of Princess Leia in another setting. We’ve previously only seen the general outside with Rey during their heartfelt hug. Give a closer look at what the TV spot revealed below:
It looks like Leia is at a Resistance base and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico can actually be seen behind her on the left. As we know, the scenes featuring Carrie Fisher’s iconic character have been taken from unused footage from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Since Rose Tico doesn’t show up in the franchise until The Last Jedi, this particular shot of Leia could be from the set of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars film! On the other hand, maybe it’s just some clever splicing into a scene specifically shot for The Rise of Skywalker.
Fans of behind-the-scenes filmmaker will especially be interested to know how Carrie Fisher’s role in The Rise of Skywalker is pulled off. Will it appear seamless to the audience or will we be able to tell how the older footage was dropped into the movie? It’s been revealed that Leia has an exciting new role in the saga: she’s been training Rey how to use the Force since Luke’s death in The Last Jedi.
Before Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60, a long ways out from when The Rise of Skywalker was supposed to begin production, her character’s story was supposed to have a more important role in the film, just as Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker did in the previous films in this trilogy. However, fans will now also get to see the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian for the first time since Return of the Jedi.
J.J. Abrams recently told CinemaBlend that Carrie Fisher’s role in The Rise of Skywalker is as “profound” in the movie as if she was alive to film more footage for the film. The writer/director said she wasn’t added in the movie just to be there – she has a vital role in the storyline.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters on December 20.
There’s an iconic image from Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis #6 of Superman holding a lifeless Batman. Fans have previously mused on the possibility that we would have eventually seen that had Zack Snyder stayed on in the DCEU. The director himself has hinted that was indeed the case, and now he’s made it official. Zack Snyder has confirmed his plan to kill Batman in the Justice League trilogy’s ‘final chapter.’
Zack Snyder, as he’s wont to do, has been talking on Vero about the most popular movie that the public has never seen: the so-called Snyder Cut of Justice League. He’s also been answering questions about Justice League and the plans he had for future DC films. One fan on Vero (via Reddit), asked him about when exactly he planned to sacrifice Batman to Darkseid. Zack Snyder responded:
There you have it. It was always part of Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU to eventually have Ben Affleck’s Batman fall in the battle with the stronger-than-Thanos, arch-DC villain, Darkseid. Presumably it would have been similar to the comics with Darkseid using his Omega Beams, but either way, Batman would have been down for the count.
According to Zack Snyder, this would have happened in the final chapter of the director’s story. That means it would have been in Justice League 3. So even if by some miracle the mythic Snyder Cut of Justice League is released, we still won’t see Batman’s death onscreen.
Still, it’s interesting to hear what Zack Snyder had in mind for the Caped Crusader. It definitely has a bit of poetry to it. Batman v Superman: Dawnof Justice featured the death of Superman, who was then brought back in Justice League to begin the Justice League trilogy, with the intent to have the other face of DC fall in that trilogy’s closing chapter.
So everything was building towards the heartbreaking death of Batman in the Justice League’s climactic battle with the ruler of Apokolips. Of course, Batman comes back in the comics, but it’s unclear if Zack Snyder intended to do that or allow someone else to bring back the Caped Crusader after his run.
What’s interesting about all of this is that while fans continue to campaign and fight for the ‘maybe it exists, maybe it doesn’t, maybe we’ll see it, maybe we won’t’ Snyder Cut, Justice League was not the end of Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU. The director had more in mind with a five-film arc including Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and an entire Justice League trilogy, which apparently would have included Batman’s death in its final act.
Whether people would have liked this vision or not is up for debate, but it seems that Zack Snyder definitely had a plan for his DCEU. We’ll never see it in its entirety, but the director continues to provide little details that paint a picture for fans and provide ever more fuel to the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut fire, which unbelievably seems to burn brighter now, two years after Justice League’s release, than ever before.
Zack Snyder’s next film, Army of the Dead, is headed to Netflix, but does not have a release date as of yet. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what movies are hitting the big screen next year.
January may be the prime month to try something new, though Netflix is making a strong argument to stick with what’s familiar in 2020. The January lineup for movies being added to the service has arrived, and as usual, there’s a good collection of classics on the list worth re-visiting or watching for the first time.
Netflix subscribers will undoubtedly be overwhelmed by the amount of new content in their lives in January, so what’s the harm in going back to some old movies? Especially ones that feature Leonardo DiCaprio, who has a couple key entries in this month’s lineup. Let’s dive in!
Catch Me If You Can
Based on the autobiography of former con man Frank Abagnale Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the thrilling tale of Abagnale’s criminal history and the efforts of the FBI agent (played by Tom Hanks) who wanted to bring him to justice. This is a great one to watch, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the true story. For those who have seen it before, read up on the actual life of Abagnale and see how Steven Spielberg tweaked his story.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
Is Kill Billone or two movies? Luckily, that’s not a question we’ll be getting into right now, and regardless of where anyone stands on the subject, both movies are available to watch. Come for what may be the best Uma Thurman performance of all time, stay for that whistling tune and excessive amounts of violence that make every Quentin Tarantino movie so great.
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
It’s always good to revisit Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory every so often to be reminded of what an absolute piece of garbage Grandpa Joe is. The man spends years bedridden, but is suddenly well and willing to undergo a physically stressful and demanding tour of the Wonka facility? He’s despicable, but the performance of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is a real palette cleanser that wipes away the grime of Grandpa Joe well enough.
Few movies tackle the taboo of past relationships better than Chasing Amy. For anyone who has ever been jealous of a spouse’s ex or a significant other’s “history,” Kevin Smith’s movie feels almost mandatory. The underrated gem of this movie is a supporting role from Jason Lee, who just needs more roles in Hollywood that don’t revolve around chipmunks.
Here we have another Leonardo DiCaprio classic, as well as a mind-bending epic from Christopher Nolan. Unfortunately, the world is no closer to learning the actual ending of Inception, though there are plenty of people who have solid opinions on what actually happened. For many others, the speculation continues to spin like a top, and weirdly enough, it doesn’t appear as if it’ll ever stop spinning.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Who among us hasn’t wanted to have a day like Ferris Bueller? Well, at least before all the car stuff. Perhaps the best thing about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is that it’s one of those movies that the whole family can enjoy, which makes it an experience for parents to watch with their kids. What generation doesn’t love a slacker teen who always comes out on top?
Real-life events may make American Beauty a bit uncomfortable to watch going into 2020, though it’s worth mentioning this movie never had a premise that was all that palatable. Controversies aside, it’s still a great movie by Sam Mendes, and a great one to watch 20 years removed from his most recent movie, 1917. It may not be the most comfortable movie to watch these days, but it’s still good and definitely worth a re-watch for anyone who hasn’t seen it in a while.
Up In The Air
Life on the road can be tough, but usually when we hear that it’s from someone who’s either a trucker, celebrity or corporate businessman. It has to be doubly hard for George Clooney’s Ryan given his job is to layoff the people other corporations fire, though you wouldn’t know it by his demeanor. Up In The Air is a great movie, but probably not one anyone on a business trip wants to dive into while in their hotel room or on a layover.
The Coen Brothers’ adaptation of the classic True Grit, after 10 years, is still one of the sole modern Westerns that have been released in the modern era. Whether or not it’s one of the best Coen Brothers movies is an entirely different discussion, but as far as Westerns go, it does the job well enough. Plus, it’s crazy to see a young Hailee Steinfeld and how much her career has changed in the course of a decade.
The Naked Gun
It’s been almost a decade since Leslie Nielsen’s death, but his comedy legacy is still rolling strong on Netflix. The Naked Gun isn’t the only Nielsen classic, but it is without a doubt one of his best. Unfortunately, Airplane isn’t on Netflix at the moment for younger generations to really get the Nielsen comedy experience, but perhaps this one will be enough to make a subscriber drop a couple bucks on Vudu to watch the rest of his comedy work.
Pan’s Labyrinth is a mix of beauty and horror, which pretty much describes a bulk of Guillermo del Toro’s work. It’s also really sad, so be prepared to have a lot of tissues on standby provided you can muster up those feelings while being exposed to such bizarre imagery. I wouldn’t call it an underrated classic, though many would argue this should’ve been Guillermo del Toro’s first Oscar long before he actually got one.
All this and more is coming to Netflix in the first month of 2020. Stick with CinemaBlend for more on what’s happening in the world of streaming, and to stay up to date with the latest goings on in television and movies.
Three weeks into Frozen II’s release, the latest Disney musical preparing to join the 2019 billion dollar club, alongside six other Disney movies (one of which was co-produced by Sony) and Joker. Since the movie comes right in time for the holiday season, fans will be shopping online for merchandise made to go with the movie. However, when it comes to Princess Anna’s fashion, experts say her boots could potentially face a trademark dispute with French designer, Christian Louboutin.
Louboutin is famous for its red-soled shoes – so much so that the designer holds exclusive trademark rights to the look. But, Anna’s boots in Frozen II have red soles too and they’re currently being sold on the Official Disney Store for $24.95. A professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California spotted the similarity and inquired about a possible legal dispute on Twitter. Take a look:
As you can see above, on the left is the official trademark Christian Louboutin has official rights to from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. On the right is the new children’s Disney boots found paired with Anna’s outfit in Frozen II. Per World Trademark Review, a few experts weighed in and found a few reasons why Louboutin may pursue a case with Disney.
For instance, the boots share some comparisons to Louboutin boots sold on its online store for almost $900. Christian Louboutin has protected its trademarked red-soled shoes before, but this hasn’t always provided results in their favor. The exclusive trademark rights the French designer owns is for “the color red on the sole of non-red shoes.” Anna’s boots do match this description and integrate the red heel as well.
Yet the color isn’t the same red that Christian Louboutin shoes are famous for. A few intellectual property experts believe that for Disney, this detail is “sufficient to dodge the wrath of Louboutin,” as Williams Powell associate Clare Mullarkey said. Another expert, Amy Reynolds of Fieldfisher, said she would not be surprised if Louboutin issues a dispute.
Reynolds thinks the designer may be worried that boots such as Anna’s could make the signature red-sole on their own products looks “generic” or “diluted.” However, disputing with Disney publicly may reflect negatively on the brand, so if trademarks are claimed, it would likely happen behind closed doors and could lead to Anna’s boots from being pulled from sale.
Warning: the following contains SPOILERS forStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker**! Proceed with caution.**
Aside from continuing to serve as the main antagonist of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy (which will naturally involve him dueling Rey again), we haven’t learned much about what’s in store for Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However, a new clip for the last chapter of the Skywalker Saga, and wow, it teases one doozy of an encounter between him and one of the Star Wars franchise’s most formidable figures.
Seriously, this is your last chance to bow out now if you’ve had your fill of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker previews and would rather go into the movie as freshly as possible. I’ll give you all a minute… okay, everyone else here? Good, good!
Well, technically we don’t see Palpatine and Kylo Ren face-to-face on this stormy world, but as the latter enters a mysterious and gloomy temple, he starts to hear the voice of the former all around him. But here’s where things get extra creepy: Palpatine tells Kylo that he’s been every voice he’s ever heard inside his head, but Palpatine’s voice is only heard saying the first part of that sentence. The latter half is uttered by Supreme Leader Snoke and, wait for it… grandaddy Darth Vader!
I don’t remember Vader ever saying “inside your head” in the Original Trilogy, Revenge of the Sith or Rogue One, so clearly J.J. Abrams and the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker team managed to get James Earl Jones to record new dialogue and ominous breathing. More importantly, Palpatine is admitting that he’s been manipulating Kylo Ren’s life all this time, although remember, it’s wise to ingest what Palpatine says with a healthy amount of skepticism.
I’m curious what this reveal means for Supreme Leader Snoke, who Kylo killed in The Last Jedi. Was Snoke serving on Palpatine’s behalf, or was the Emperor also secretly manipulating him from afar to carry out his bidding. Regardless, Kylo’s encounter with Palpatine in the clip cuts off when he abruptly turns around and points his lightsaber at someone. Whether it’s Darth Sidious himself or someone else is unclear.
The rest of this Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker video showcases a mix of both footage from past previews and a sprinkling of new material., but this Kylo Ren/Palpatine encounter that’ll have people talking the most. Frankly, with just a week to go until the movie’s release, I’m surprised Disney and Lucasfilm were willing to release something this spoiler-y.
Fortunately, there’s still plenty of secrecy surrounding Palpatine in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. For one thing, we still haven’t gotten an actual look at the hooded Sith Lord. Does he basically look the same as he did in Return of the Jedi, or has he become even more deformed? And what does he have in store for Rey, since it seems like they will meet at some point? We don’t have much longer to learn the answers to these questions and more.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on Friday, December 20. Feel free to start planning what you’ll watch on the silver screen next year with our 2020 release schedule.
The horror world has been in a serious renaissance lately, as the genre has seen a ton of new and exciting properties hit theaters. And with the trend of nostalgia continuing to dominate the pop culture landscape, some horror classics have made their way back to theaters. Blumhouse had great success with Halloween, and there were recently rumors swirling about a possible fifth Scream movie. And Hayden Panettiere’s haircut has seemingly added fuel to the fire.
Hayden Panettiere made her Scream debut in the most recent film outing, Scream 4. She played Kirby, the horror enthusiast best friend of Emma Roberts’ Jill. She was a serious scene stealer throughout the slasher, especially during her epic monologue listing horror titles. The Nashville alum recently cut her hair to rock Kirby’s look, and the fandom is collectively freaking out. Check it out below.
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of horror fans everywhere freaking out. Because in addition to rocking Kirby’s signature haircut from Scream 4, Hayden Panettiere directly referenced the 2011 slasher.
Hayden Panettiere’s hair update comes from her personal Twitter account, which the actress utilizes to directly communicate with fans. The caption and hashtags mention her role in Scream 4, and her return to Kirby’s spunky look. And given the rumors about a fifth movie, this is sure to exacerbate the campaign for another sequel.
Kirby’s fate is one of the only questions left after the events of Scream 4. She was brutally stabbed by Rory Culkin’s Charlie after “winning” the battle against Ghostface for his life. But despite meeting the pointy end of a kitchen knife, she was never actually seen dead. In fact, the final shot of Kirby had her eyes open, despite losing a ton of blood.
It certainly seems possible that Kirby survived, and could seemingly appear in Scream 5. Of course, there’s no guarantee that a fifth movie will ever happen. It looks like those reports are only rumors, as not even franchise star David Arquette knows of any plans.
Perhaps the biggest reason why a fifth Scream movie might not come to fruition is the death of horror legend Wes Craven. Craven created the iconic franchise, and directed all four big screen installments. But Craven passed away in 2015, so a fifth movie would require a seriously visionary filmmaker in order for it to fit alongside its predecessors. But given the success of Blumhouse’s Halloween, perhaps its possible.
Hayden Panettiere doesn’t have any film projects coming up, but hopefully that’ll change with a fifth Scream movie. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Will we ever see Kill Bill Vol. 3? It’s a question we’ve been asking pretty much since Kill Bill: Vol. 2 opened in theaters back in April 2004. But after 15 years of waiting, and with only one film left on his self-imposed 10-movie cap, it might seem like we’re never going to see the continuation of Quentin Tarantino’s martial arts revenge epic. Not so fast though, because Quentin Tarantino seems convinced Kill Bill 3 will happen. When asked about it, the director said:
Over the years, Kill Bill Vol. 3 has seemed at times like a certainty and at others like it was never going to happen. Now, a decade and a half after Uma Thurman’s Bride completed her bloody tale of revenge, Quentin Tarantino is still entertaining the possibility of making Kill Bill Vol. 3. Not only is he entertaining the possibility, but he seems to be genuinely considering it.
As Quentin Tarantino told Andy Cohen on Radio Andy, Kill Bill Vol. 3 is definitely in the cards and could very much still happen. The way the director talked about it makes it seem like he is convinced that Kill Bill Vol. 3 will actually be made. Of course, we’ve been here before over the years and Beatrix Kiddo has yet to return to our screens, so I wouldn’t count on it until a release date is set and it begins filming.
That Quentin Tarantino is now giving Kill Bill Vol. 3 solid odds of happening isn’t happening in a vacuum either. The director, whose most recent film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks to be a major contender in the upcoming awards season, told Andy Cohen that he recently had dinner with actress Uma Thurman. Moreover, he seems to have gotten past the creative roadblock preventing a third movie in the Kill Bill saga.
It was always assumed, based on previous comments from Quentin Tarantino, that Kill Bill Vol. 3 would follow the daughter of Vivica A. Fox’s Vernita Green as she sought revenge against Black Mamba. It’s unclear if that is still the case, but Tarantino also told Andy Cohen that figuring out the concept and what’s happened to The Bride was the biggest obstacle to the film happening.
Quentin Tarantino didn’t want to just send Beatrix on another adventure, but he’s now conquered that obstacle and found what he thinks is an interesting way to continue her story. Tarantino has an idea and Kill Bill Vol. 3 is definitely in the cards. Will it happen?
If it does, it won’t be for a little bit. The director says that he wrote a play and a five-episode TV series, so Kill Bill Vol. 3 would presumably be at least three years away after he works on those other projects. He also indicated that he would not do another movie before Kill Bill Vol. 3, if indeed he winds up doing that film at all.
Although it’s not a guarantee, Quentin Tarantino’s comments here seem to be the best news yet for movie fans hoping for a Kill Bill Vol. 3. He also recently said his last film would be epilogue-y, which also feels like evidence in support of Kill Bill Vol. 3.
Of course, you can’t talk about Quentin Tarantino’s next movie without addressing his self-imposed plan to stop at 10 movies, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood being his ninth. Maybe Kill Bill Vol. 3 will be his last or maybe he’ll use one of his loopholes (like he could with Star Trek) to count Kill Bill as all one movie, as he already does with Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
Honey Boy is a deeply personal film for Shia LaBeouf. Written while the troubled actor was in rehab, the acclaimed indie drama finds LaBeouf playing James Lort, a character based heavily on his own father, while Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges play Otis, based on LaBeouf at the ages of 12 and 22, respectively. It’s a self-explorative, emotionally searching tale on the lingering effects of trauma, the impact on abuse from a young age, the hardships that come from being a child actor, and the hard-wrought journey one must take in order to find some sort of personal redemption. It is a fascinating new project for LaBeouf, one that allows the actor to be openly and freely raw and visceral in a way that few Hollywood stars allow themselves to be.
Naturally, Honey Boy carries a number of direct parallels to Shia LaBeouf’s own life and career as a child actor-turned-blockbuster star-turned-indie darling with this self-reflective project. Since the life and times of Shia LaBeouf are so well-documented from a media perspective, particularly from all his years of being a target for the paparazzi, it can be easy to see where LaBeouf drew from real-life circumstances in order to inform his engrossing new drama. Let’s take a look at a few direct parallels between Shia LaBeouf’s real-life and the new, emotional movie he recently wrote and starred in. Also, since we’re talking about key details related to both the film and LaBeouf’s life, there could be a few general spoilers up ahead for Honey Boy.
Shia LaBeouf Did Perform His Own Stunts In The Transformers Movie
The first shot of Honey Boy shows Lucas Hedges, in the role of adult Otis, performing a stunt where he’s flying through the air in a sea of explosions while attached to a rope and harness and hanging in the air until he’s let back down again. Honey Boy does not make any direct references to the Transformers movies, but it’s apparent that, based on the timeline (2005, to be exact, as seen by the clapboard), this is meant to be around the time LaBeouf starred in the first Transformers. In the Transformers movies, notably the sequels, LaBeouf would do some of his own stunts. This shot serves as more of a visual metaphor for Otis’ dangerous life, where reality and drama blur when he indulges in his own self-destructive behavior. But it’s also appropriate to LaBeouf’s history as a stunt performer.
Shia LaBeouf Lived In A Motel With His Father (And His Father Was A Clown In Real Life Too)
In Honey Boy‘s flashback segments, we see young Otis (Noah Jupe) and his father, James (Shia LaBeouf), living in a motel together as James serves as the child star’s on-set companion. This is accurate to Shia LaBeouf’s personal and working relationship with his father, Jeffrey. His parents were separated when the actor was very young, and Jeffrey was often supervising Shia whenever he was working on set. They also lived together in a motel, as seen in the film. Also, as the movie depicts, Jeffrey was a professional clown who never found his break, much like LaBeouf’s James. It was also true that Jeffrey had a history of alcoholism. The former child actor would accompany his father whenever he went to 12-step AA meetings.
Shia LaBeouf’s Real-Life Father Did Grow Marijuana On The Side Of The Highway
Towards the middle of the movie, it’s revealed that James Lort is growing marijuana on the side of the highway. This is apparently something that Shia LaBeouf’s father did as well, as revealed by LaBeouf in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2007. Shia LaBeouf also admitted in a 2007 interview that his father was “on drugs” during his childhood. He also claimed that his parents would smoke weed in front of him, as it was reported by Us Weekly in 2009.
Shia LaBeouf Did Get In A Car Crash With A Co-Star And Have A Drunk Arrest
In Honey Boy, the timeline of Shia LaBeouf’s life is conflated a bit. The story primarily bounces between 1995 and 2005, when Otis is 12 and 22, respectively. However, in 1995, LaBeouf was actually 9, not 12, and the events that transpire for adult Otis are lifted from Shia LaBeouf’s life between roughly 2005-2007 through 2017, when LaBeouf went to rehab and wrote the screenplay. As it is portrayed in the film, Otis goes to rehab in 2005 after a drunk car crash and arrest lands him in the rehabilitation center. While the events themselves are squished together, they do come from Shia LaBeouf’s life. In 2008, while he was driving with his Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen co-star Isabel Lucas, the star did get in a serious car wreck.
The car accident seen in Honey Boy direct seems to mirror that car accident, which found Shia LaBeouf with a serious hand injury. While LaBeouf was deemed not at fault for the accident, the actor refused a Breathalyzer test and it was later deemed drunk driving. That said, the prosecutor later claimed that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the actor. Nevertheless, it seems like this incident from Shia LaBeouf’s past informed this early scene in Honey Boy. Likewise, the drunk arrest that sent Otis to rehab in the movie is similar to Shia LaBeouf’s 2017 Georgia arrest during a break in filming on The Peanut Butter Falcon. After a conversation with his co-star Zack Gottsagen, LaBeouf finally entered rehab, where he wrote Honey Boy as a form of rehabilitation and as a means to find closure after years of trauma and his personal demons — including the discovery that he has PTSD.
Shia LaBeouf Really Did Reconnect With His Father While Writing Honey Boy
Towards the end of Honey Boy, Lucas Hedges’ Otis is seen writing about his life and his struggles, which mirrors (in a meta turn-of-events) what Shia LaBeouf did with this film, as he began the process of writing the script while in rehab. At the end of Honey Boy, we see a moment where Otis has reunited with his father, James, and he tells him about this project. James asks Otis to make him look good, which results in the movie’s final line. In the movie, this scene has a surreal quality, notably with James dressed as a clown. In real life, though, Shia LaBeouf reportedly did reconnect with his father while in the process of writing the film. But he was living in Costa Rica at the time, not the motel he grew up in. Nevertheless, it was apparently the first time the father and son had spoken to one another in seven whole years, and it was clearly a way for the actor to try and find some closure.
These are only a few of the direct parallels between Shia LaBeouf and the story he tells in Honey Boy. Admittedly, since a number of the details in the film draw from Shia LaBeouf’s own personal, intimate history, it’s hard to know everything that came from reality and what was created for this semi-autobiographical tale. Nevertheless, it’s clear that more than a few key details from Honey Boy were directly lifted and inspired by LaBeouf’s real life.