America’s sweetheart Shia LaBeouf has led his fans on a wild, tumultuous, and emotional journey in recent years. As we watched him grow from our beloved Louis Stevens and blossom into the regular-guy type of celebrity we know and admire today, the mystery of LaBeouf’s next shenanigan constantly lingers in our minds. So, for those who have failed to keep in-the-know regarding the latest LaBeouf news, here’s a recap of Shia’s past few months to help you stay in touch.
After finishing his Transformers movie career and skipping out on the series’ final movie, Age of Extinction, LaBeouf decided to move onto more cultured and adult-themed acting. In particular, LaBeouf starred in the highly controversial films Nymphomaniac Volumes 1 and 2. In these movies, LaBeouf was featured in several sex scenes leading to severe ridicule from his PG-loving compatriots. But, just to clarify, all serious nudity and fornication was portrayed by professional pornstars. Later, in March of 2014, LaBeouf lashed out against public criticism at a press conference for Nymphomaniac Vol. 1. In response to a question about his sexual role in the film LaBeouf remarked, “When seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”
On the heels of LaBeouf’s Nymphomaniac drama, his “I am not famous anymore” campaign began. Initially a series of Twitter posts, LaBeouf asserted multiple times that his era of fame was coming to an abrupt end and was eventually seen at a red carpet gala wearing a paper bag on his head with the words “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” painted on the front. Not only was this erratic behavior torn apart by the press, but several news sources including Time and International Business accused him of plagiarizing the concept from his good friend and famous pop artist, Sia.
Rendered an emotional wreck by the negativity surrounding his public exploits, LaBeouf organized a social art installation in LA called “#IAMSORRY.” For the piece, LaBeouf encouraged strangers to do or say anything to him in the privacy of a one-on-one, isolated room. He sat bound in a chair and wore the same paper bag he sported on the red carpet. Additionally, torture weapons such as a whip and a pair of plyers we lain out on the table in front of him. The rules were as follows; he could not speak or move during the five days the exhibit was open. A few weeks later, Shia reported that a woman abused the guidelines of #IAMSORRY and forcibly had sex with him in one of their sessions. LaBeouf is not pressing charges for the rape and says that, apart from that encounter, the people who visited him were nice and supportive of his artwork.
In October, LaBeouf’s most recent film, Fury, opened to theatres. Over the course of a two week interview, LaBeouf revealed the intense character study he did for his role as a devoted Christian fighting for the Allies in WWII. In Shia’s mind, the first step in becoming a more convincing troop was to actually join the US National Guard and spend a month at living at the military base Fort Irwin. From there, formerly and currently atheist Shia LaBeouf was baptised and accepted Christian faith. Then he didn’t shower for a few months and, finally, before filming began, LaBeouf pulled out one of his teeth, scarred his own cheek with a knife, and “spent days watching horses die.”
That same October, LaBeouf was arrested. Reportedly, he drunkenly entered the Broadway show Cabaret and began yelling disruptively at the actors on stage. That Friday night, he was arrested for refusing the leave the performance and then spitting on a police officer’s shoe. A week later LaBeouf appeared in court and was charged with “two counts of trespassing, two counts of disorderly conduct, and one count of harassment in the second degree,” according to the LA Times. He later went on the Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel and shared a humorous rendition of the jarring night he spent in jail.
And Lastly, LaBeouf was featured alongside Dance Mom’s Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s “Elastic Hearts” music video. Dancing with twelve-year-old Maddie in nude bodysuits in a cage, the two were asked to represent two parts of the same brain by acting out a sort-of father daughter relationship. Unfortunately and unexpectedly for LaBeouf, people all over the world were outraged by the pedophelic undertones they imagined to see in the video.
This February, LaBeouf’s life is looking less dramatic. He has appeared on talk shows and, through charm and wit, is successfully rebuilding his public image. Additionally, the paparazzi has strayed from their usual pattern of critiquing Shia and is now obsessing over his relationship with co star Mia Goth from Nymphomaniac Volume 2. We hope to hear more about him and his new eyebrow piercing in tabloids to come.
Sources: CinemaBlend, CNN, GQ, Time, IBT, LA Times, PAPERMAG, Huffington Post