Shia LaBeouf has a message for moviegoers out to see "Lawless" this weekend: There's more to it than just violence.
The actor spoke to OTRC.com correspondent Tony Cabrera at the premiere of the film earlier this week and said, "I think it's a really good movie. It's about a family. I mean, yes, it's blood and guts and you've got that. There's stuff for the boys, but you've also got two really interesting love stories happening simultaneously."
"This young man, a rookie at love, a new love, a fresh love that's just being hatched and then you've got this second chance at another love with a little darker elements to it," he added.
"Lawless" is set in Virginia during the Prohibition era. Shia LaBeouf plays the youngest brother of Forrest and Howard Bondurant, played by British actor Tom Hardy, last seen as the villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," and Jason Clarke.
The three run a bootlegging business that comes under threat by local authorities. Guy Pearce stars as Special Agent Charlie Rakes, while Jessica Chastain plays Forrest's love interest. LaBeouf's character romances Bertha, a preacher's daughter, played by Mia Wasikowska.
"I think that the love between Tom and Jessica is beautiful what they do on screen and I think what I had with Mia was really interesting," LaBeouf said. "So I think there's a lot to this movie. It's not your average gangster movie, it's not a western -- it's a hybrid. It's a move about family, you know, but it's not cheesy at all about it."
The film is loosely based on real life Bondurant family and the script was based on the 2008 book "The Wettest County in the World," written by Matt Bondurant, a grandson of one of the main characters in the novel, although the book fictionalizes parts of the story.
LaBeouf previously talked about having to gain weight for the role and said working on a film based on a true story had some differences than one from complete fiction.
"I guess there's less questioning -- there's less whys and hows if it already happened," the 26-year-old actor said. "So I guess it's easier to commit and give over to it but no, I don't commit any less on a 'Transformers' as I do here."
"Lawless" hit theaters on August 29. Check out the trailer below.
Reporting by "On The Red Carpet" correspondent Tony Cabrera. (Check for local TV listings).