A year of weird for Shia LaBeouf

A year of weird for Shia LaBeouf

What's up with Shia LaBeouf?

A little weirdness helps spice up the news and celebrities are entitled, even expected, to some strange behaviour.

But Shia is a different story.

Was being dropped from the Transformers franchise too much? Did Lars von Trier mess up his head in Nymphomaniac? Was meeting Ron Weasley too much for him in Charlie Countryman?

Whatever it is, LaBeouf has been having a year of weird.

All the odd - and bad - behaviour that started late last year had been called "performance art", or so the 28-year-old declared.

Sure, wearing a paper bag with the words "I am not famous anymore" at a Los Angeles art installation before walking down the red carpet of your own movie makes a statement.

So does that recent marathon he ran around Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum Of Modern And Contemporary Art as part of its symposium on metamodernism.

Both are well within the bounds of being harmlessly odd. The only thing damaged is your dignity.

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But drunken brawls and DUIs? Walking out of interviews and Broadway productions? And let's not forget the plagiarism fiasco.

Leave no bridge unburned, eh Shia?

What kind of stunt will he pull for upcoming movie Fury, where he shares screen time with bigwig Brad Pitt?

In Fury, which opens here on Oct 22, LaBeouf plays Boyd "Bible" Swan, part of a five-man tank crew operating in Germany during the waning days of World War II.

Led by Pitt's Sergeant Wardaddy, they are sent on a highly dangerous mission.

Co-star Logan Lerman told British GQ that LaBeouf was deeply into method acting.

Apparently, LaBeouf felt his make-up "cuts" were not real enough. Lerman, 22, didn't expect his co-star to then take out a knife to mutilate his face.

"For the whole movie he kept opening these cuts on his face. That's all real," said Lerman, adding that LaBeouf didn't shower the entire time and even had a dentist yank out one of his front teeth.

Pitt has said he was impressed by LaBeouf's "full on commitment", even calling the former teen star the best actor he's seen. I doubt we have seen the last of young LaBeouf's odd actions.

There's method and there's madness. Hopefully he's just overdoing the former and not stumbling into the latter.

joannes@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Oct 8, 2014.
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