Diatribe: The Kooky-Weird-Eccentric-Shia LaBeouf Scale.
This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing a friend star in a local theater production. He and the rest of the cast presented a wonderfully entertaining performance to a sold-out house. Afterward, the audience was invited to meet and greet the cast and crew as they exited the building. I made a bee-line to my friend to let him know how much I had enjoyed his performance and extended my hand to shake his. He wouldn’t have it. “What’s this hand-shaking stuff? Give me a hug!” he said. This man is wildly talented yet extraordinarily humble and kind. Far from the common stereotype of “actor”.
Throughout history there have been many Hollywood actors who have perpetuated this stereotype. Ranging from “brooding” to frighteningly tragic, men who make a living portraying other men have acted out in peculiar ways. Setting a new record on the scale, however, could be the recent antics of former teen star Shia LaBeouf.
Currently promoting his new movie, Nymphomaniac: Volume I, the first of two installments of Lars von Trier’s tale of a woman recounting her extensive sexual history, the twenty-seven-year old actor continued his recent bizarre behavior at the Berlin International Film Festival. Yesterday, he walked out of a media conference after offering a strange response to a single questions and, later, showing up for the film’s red-carpet premier wearing a paper bag over his head with the words “I am not famous anymore” written on it. Weird, right?
When asked about being in a film with so many sex scenes, the actor’s response was quite strange.
“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.” – Shia LaBeouf
He then rose from his seat and left the room.
The quote is from French soccer player Eric Cantona who said it at a 1995 news conference. Weird, right?
Then, last night at the film’s premiere, he showed up in a black tuxedo and bow tie wearing a bag on his head. The “I am not famous anymore” message is one that LaBeouf has been sharing repeatedly on his Twitter page since announcing in January that he was “retiring from all public life”. He was the first member of the cast to arrive and went in before group photos were taken. Weird, right?
If LaBeouf is on a mission to become a tabloid mainstay, he appears to be on the right track. Nowadays, it seems that young entertainers think they need to twerk or drag race in order to get attention. My friend proved again last night that this isn’t the case. They really only have to be entertaining.
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