From the first casting announcements to its release, there has been a lot of buzz about “Lawless,” John Hillcoat’s boozy and bloody Prohibition-era drama starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman. The film is based on Matt Bondurant’s 2008 book “The Wettest County in the World” and tells the real-life story of three Moonshine bootlegger brothers played by Hardy, LaBeouf and Jason Clarke.
And despite LaBeouf’s recent admission that he felt a little left out from the fun being had by Hardy and Chastain, the cast genuinely seems to have forged a realistic familial bond, which included a brief on-set scuffle between LaBeouf and his onscreen brother Hardy.
“That wasn’t moonshine-related at all,” LaBeouf said when asked to clear up the rumors about the two actors coming to blows on set. “That was straight love. There was a lot of love on that set in general. There was a lot of aggression in me and a lot of aggression on [Hardy’s] side. We were playing brothers. There was a constant finger-in-the-ear [teasing] thing going on for a while.”
So their scuffle was a brotherly love-type scuffle?
“Oh, it was all love. I love the dude like a brother, straight up,” LaBeouf said. “I think the man’s a genius. I think he’s incredible. He’s fun to work around — he was almost a mascot on the set. He and Guy Pearce were playing these [outlandish characters]. Sometimes you would question how tangible what they were doing was and then you’d see six scenes and you’d go, ’Yes,’ but it takes six [scenes]. When I first saw Guy come to set I thought, ’Woah. What are we doing here, what is going on?’ And then you see six scenes and it makes sense.”
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