Shia LaBeouf's new movie helped him "get well".
The 29-year-old star has caused a stir in recent times with his bizarre behaviour - including interrupting a Broadway show and attending a premiere with a bag over his head - and has also sought treatment for an alcohol problem but says working on 'Man Down' with director Dito Montiel was good "therapy" and got his life back on track.
He said: "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.' "
And Shia has now vowed to only work in "loving, familial environments" where he has the support he needs from now on.
He added to reporters at the Venice Film Festival: "I want to work with people that I have a connection with. 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 troubled actor was also delighted to reunite with 'Lawless' co-star Gary Oldman in 'Man Down'.
However, he admitted he follows his "hero" around "like a weirdo" because he worships him so much.
He said: "He's my hero, I love him.
"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?' "