Celebrate Hollywood’s wackiest celebrity by revisiting his five strangest “art” moments…
Shia LaBeouf was one of the biggest actors in modern movies. After graduating from the Disney Channel, he starred in blockbusters like Transformers, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. But since 2014 he’s been engaged in a bizarre long-form performance art work that’s “a multi-platform meditation on celebrity and vulnerability”. Whatever it is, he reliably has us scratching our heads.
1. Take Me Anywhere
Right now, as he turns 30, Shia LaBeouf and his two regular artistic collaborators are hitchhiking across America, tweeting their GPS co-ordinates regularly so that any random person can pick them up. Earlier today, if you happened to be in the vicinity of 34°14’37″N 77°52’52″W (that’s close by a WalMart a few blocks from the University Of North Carolina) you could’ve become part of the month-long adventure by driving Shia and his mates… wherever the hell you want. Let’s hope he doesn’t run into a serial killer. Check it out here: http://takemeanywhere.vice.com/
2. I am Not Famous Anymore
In 2014, LaBeouf turned up the red-carpet premiere of his art movie Nymphomaniac wearing a paper bag over his head on which was written “I am Not Famous Anymore”. He also tweeted the phrase 22 times. The obvious irony was that it made him more famous than ever before.
3. The Marathon Jog
In September 2014 the actor wore garish purple leggings and a green vest and did 144 laps of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam without saying a word. He left the explaining to the institute’s spokesman, who said LaBeouf and his two artist mates were jogging as a performance to accompany the 12-hour art conference happening inside the building. Another time Shia used his jogging app to tweet his recent running routes, with each day’s map a letter that eventually spelled “Marathon”.
In 2014, after being busted for plagiarising the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, LaBeouf incorporated his apology into his performance art —by plagiarising other celebrities’ apologies to say sorry. Next he hired a skywriter to write “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” over LA. Soon after LaBeouf staged a six-day performance called #IAMSORRY at an LA gallery, which saw him wear his paper bag and a tuxedo while visitors were admitted one at a time to listen to him cry. Those who attended were allowed to take a souvenir item—from toys to bottles of Jack Daniels to pairs of pliers—with them when they left. LaBeouf later claimed a female visitor had raped him.
Late last year LaBeouf turned his attention to another sort of marathon. For three days he sat in a cinema in New York City’s Angelika Film Center and watched all of his own movies back-to-back, with a video camera live-streaming his reactions, which included tears, laughter and epic stretches of boredom face. But the public was also invited to enjoy the likes of Holes, Disturbia and Fury. While LaBeouf didn’t speak with other moviegoers, during one session he did shout everyone pizza. Amazingly enough, writers from virtually all major American newspapers and magazines sat through part of the performance with LaBeouf. Even more amazing: the reviews were almost all good, with Rolling Stone declaring it the best thing he’d ever done.