Drink­ing won’t af­fect pro­duc­tion, lawyer says

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Shia LaBeouf’s lawyer has in­sisted the ac­tor’s ar­rest and drink­ing is­sues won’t de­rail the pro­duc­tion of his up­com­ing movie The Peanut But­ter Fal­con.

The Trans­form­ers ac­tor was ar­rested on the week­end and booked for dis­or­derly con­duct, pub­lic drunk­en­ness and ob­struc­tion af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers in Ge­or­gia spot­ted him “los­ing con­trol of him­self” dur­ing a night out.

Footage of him hurl­ing threat­en­ing and racist abuse at cops while be­ing ar­rested sub­se­quently emerged on­line.

The ac­tor, who re­turned to the set of his movie on Mon­day, has since apol­o­gized for be­hav­iour, ad­mit­ting he has been “strug­gling with ad­dic­tion” and is tak­ing steps to get sober.

How­ever, his lawyer Doug An­drews has now told TMZ.com that the 31-year-old is not an al­co­holic as he doesn’t have an un­con­trol­lable need to drink booze so he is able to go with­out it for the re­main­der of the shoot.

He in­sisted the pro­duc­tion will not be in­ter­rupted as LaBeouf is de­ter­mined to not have an­other sip un­til the film is com­pleted.

He said LaBeouf doesn’t need to drink but is sim­ply un­able to stop once he be­gins, and he will seek pro­fes­sional help for this once the movie is wrapped.

They both hope to make it up to Ge­or­gia cops fol­low­ing LaBeouf ’s out­burst by do­ing some­thing “mean­ing­ful,” although they haven’t de­cided what yet.

TMZ had pre­vi­ously re­ported that the cast and crew were shocked to hear about the ac­tor’s ar­rest be­cause he had been “in­cred­i­bly pro­fes­sional” and “so nice” on set and never showed any signs of a drink­ing prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to sources.

In his apol­ogy, LaBeouf said, “I am deeply ashamed of my be­hav­iour and make no ex­cuses for it. My out­right dis­re­spect for au­thor­ity is prob­lem­atic to say the least, and com­pletely de­struc­tive to say the worst … It is a new low. A low I hope is a bot­tom.” WENN

A movie biopic star­ring An­to­nio Ban­deras as late fash­ion de­signer Gianni Ver­sace is no longer go­ing ahead due to an up­com­ing TV se­ries about his mur­der.

It was an­nounced in sum­mer 2016 that The Mask of Zorro star was team­ing up with Os­car­win­ning di­rec­tor Bille Au­gust to star in a movie about the Ital­ian fash­ion icon, who was mur­dered by An­drew Cu­nanan in 1997 out­side his home in Mi­ami Beach, Fla., at the age of 50.

They were due to be­gin pro­duc­tion in De­cem­ber, but An­to­nio has ad­mit­ted they aren’t go­ing for­ward with the project now that pro­ducer Ryan Mur­phy is tack­ling the mur­der for the lat­est in­stall­ment in his Amer­i­can Crime Story TV an­thol­ogy se­ries, which stars Edgar Ramirez as Ver­sace and Pene­lope Cruz as his sis­ter Donatella.

“Ac­tu­ally I saw Bille at Cannes Film Fes­ti­val,” Ban­deras told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. “Be­cause there was a TV show go­ing on, that ac­tu­ally my friend Pene­lope is do­ing, we looked at each other and said ‘this movie doesn’t make sense any­more.’ ”

He is also con­vinced that he prob­a­bly wasn’t the right per­son for the role.

“I have to con­fess now … I don’t think I am Gianni,” he added. “I met him in the house where he was killed, ac­tu­ally, a cou­ple of times. He was a very shy man, very laid back, beau­ti­ful, very sweet, but there was some­thing about him that I don’t have.”

The project also didn’t have the back­ing of the Ver­sace fam­ily and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the fash­ion la­bel put out a state­ment at the time say­ing they had “nei­ther au­tho­rized nor had any in­volve­ment what­so­ever in the forth­com­ing movie about Ver­sace.”

Ban­deras also as­sured the pub­li­ca­tion he will be tun­ing into The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story when the se­ries airs in early 2018.

“I think Pene­lope is a great ac­tress. I know Donatella very well, and I know that Pene­lope is go­ing to en­gulf her,” he said. “I’m go­ing to watch it def­i­nitely.”

The se­ries also stars Ricky Martin as Ver­sace’s boyfriend An­to­nio D’Amico and Dar­ren Criss as se­rial killer An­drew Cu­nanan. WENN

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A planned biopic on mur­dered fash­ion de­signer Gianni Ver­sace which was to star An­to­nio Ban­deras, above, has been can­celled af­ter TV show Amer­i­can Crime Story started work­ing on the story of Ver­sace’s 1997 mur­der.

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