The Hollywood bad-boy Shia LaBeouf is one of the lead cast of a new much-anticipated Netflix ‘Pieces of A Woman’, set to air tomorrow, on the 7th of January. Things were not going well for the actor since his girlfriend FKA Twigs accused him of ‘relentless abuse’.
The ‘airbrushing’ of the actor began last month, following FKA Twigs filing a lawsuit against the star. In December, his name was removed from Netflix’s ‘For Your Award Consideration’ page in addition to its description of the movie.
Vanessa Kirby, who co-stars with LaBeouf in the movie, has already been reaping in the plaudits, having received the best actress prize at the Venice Film Festival, and is now expected to secure an Academy Award nomination, alongside Ellen Burstyn, who plays her mother.
But LaBeouf, who was previously favoured to land a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, was recently removed from the streaming giant’s summary of the movie on its website. But Netflix hasn’t stopped there. the lead character played by Shia was completely removed from the trailer of the film.
One advertisement posted to Twitter by the Netflix Film account on December 22, but recently promoted, reads: ‘Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn star in Pieces of a Woman, a story about a mother’s love and loss. On Netflix January 7.’
Things are not looking nice for the Transformers’ star. In her lawsuit, Twigs alleges LaBeouf knowingly gave her an STD and abused her – both emotionally and physically – during their relationship. After news of the suit emerged, a number of other former partners of LaBeouf stepped forward to accuse him of various forms of abuse.
In response to his ex’s allegations, LaBeouf issued a statement to the New York Times that ‘many of these allegations are not true’, though conceded ‘I’m not in a position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel.’
‘I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations,’ he said. ‘I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.’
Despite the length Netflix went into while erasing LaBeouf from its history, it stopped short from the measures taken by Ridley Scott in ‘All the Money in the World’. Then, the role of Kevin Spacey was given to Christopher Plummer and all scenes featuring Spacey’s character were have to be reshot.