Shia LaBeouf's rent-a-dad
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 May 2008
Shia LaBeouf used to rent his father.
The 'Transformers' actor has revealed he paid his dad Jeffrey £400-a-week to spend time with him on the set of Disney TV series 'Even Stevens' when he was a teenager.
Shia said: "Before I landed the role in 'Even Stevens' I barely knew my dad, but because I was a minor I needed to have an adult on set. Dad had just been released from veterans' hospital, where he'd gone through drugs withdrawal. So I paid him £400-a-week to be with me. For him it wasn't about being with a son that he loved. He was rent-a-dad. He was getting some money and he was staying off drugs. For three years we lived in a motel and that's when we started to get our relationship back on track. In a very real sense this business gave me my father back and I'll always be grateful for that."
LaBeouf can next be seen starring opposite Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett in 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull', which is due to hit cinemas next month.
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