Shia LaBeouf In his new movie, Man Down, Shai LeBeouf plays a veteran suffering with PTSD. To play the role, the actor channelled his own father, a Vietnam war veteran. Previously, the actor's described the time when his own father held a gun to his head during a Vietnam flashback. LaBeuof has acknowledged the emotional and physical abuse that plagued his childhood. He has consistently praised his father, who he describes as “tough as nails and a different breed of man.