Shia LaBeouf says from now on he's only working with friends

Shia LaBeouf Conquers Toughest Role Yet

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Shia LaBeouf says his new film, "Man Down," helped him get back on track.

The actor plays a traumatized U.S. Marine searching for his estranged wife and son after cataclysm strikes in the thriller "Man Down," which is competing in the Venice Film Festival's Horizons section for new discoveries.

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 — almost a post-apocalyptic "Kramer vs. Kramer."

It's LaBeouf's second film with director Montiel, after 2006 drama "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," and he says the script came at exactly the right time.

Here are some images of Shia LaBoeuf's new look:

9 PHOTOS
Shia LaBeouf's new look
See Gallery
Shia LaBeouf says from now on he's only working with friends
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf attends a photocall for 'Man Down' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf attends a photocall for 'Man Down' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf attends a premiere for 'Man Down' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf attends a premiere for 'Man Down' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf attends a photocall for 'Man Down' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf and Dito Montiel attend a photocall for 'Man Down' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf is seen arriving at Man Down premiere on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shia LaBeouf is seen arriving at Man Down premiere on September 6, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
US actor Shia LaBeouf and US director Dito Montiel arrive for the screening of the movie 'Man Down' presented in the Orizzonti selection at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival on September 6, 2015 at Venice Lido. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"He came to my house when I was in a really low place and offered it to me like therapy, like 'here's a healing process so we can jump into together and get well,'" LaBeouf told reporters in Venice on Sunday.

The 29-year-old "Transformers" star has made headlines with a series of bizarre escapades — including yelling from the audience during a Broadway show and wearing a paper bag on his head to a movie premiere — and has been treated for an alcohol problem.

From now on, he says he's only working with "friends."

"I want to work with people that I have a connection with," LaBeouf said. "I think for a while I was chasing the 10 list, right? The 10 directors you want to work with — and that didn't fare well for me.

"I do much better with loving, familial environments where you feel like you can fail and the dude will get you on the other side. So I'm trying to make friends now and work with those people."

The same goes for actors. LaBeouf calls Gary Oldman, who plays a military counsellor in Montiel's film, "the greatest actor alive."

"He's my hero, I love him," said LaBeouf, who also appeared with Oldman in 2012 bootlegger drama "Lawless."

"I do anything he tells me. I follow him around like a weirdo. I hear he's going to sound mix or something and I'll just show up and dude's looking at me like 'what are you doing here?' because I've already seen the sound mix but I'm back there and go 'Hey, what's up Gary? Looking at sound mix huh?'"

More on AOL.com:
Robin Williams' daughter Zelda shares touching reflection on Instagram
Police cars' 'In God We Trust' decals draw complaints
Reggie Wayne thought playing for Patriots was 'not fun'
Read Full Story