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LaBeouf claims new film ‘like therapy’

VENICE, Italy - Shia LaBeouf says his new film, “Man Down,’’ helped him get back on track.

In the movie - which is competing in the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section for new discoveries - the actor plays a traumatized U.S. Marine searching for his estranged wife and son after cataclysm strikes.

Despite its blood-and-guts drama, LaBoeuf and Director Dito Montiel say “Man Down’’ isn’t a war story, but the tale of a man trying to get his son back.

It’s LaBeouf’s second film with Montiel, after the 2006 drama “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.”

“[Montiel] came to my house when I was in a really low place and offered [the part] to me like therapy, like ‘Here’s a healing process so we can jump in together and get well,’’’ LaBeouf told reporters in Venice on Sunday.

The 29-year-old “Transformers’’ star made headlines after a series of bizarre escapades and previously received treatment for alcohol addiction. AP
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