When you think of fame, some people thing of glamour, success and money. Others think of burden, paparazzi, and obligation. Sometimes a little of one or the other leads to a whole lot of crazy choices., and this is certainly (or is it?) the case with Shia LaBeouf.
Now, let the record show we aren't saying Shia LaBeouf is crazy. Far from it. This weird and fascinating art project he's (inadvertently? consciously?) turned his life into is a force to be reckoned with. We'd love for him to pull the mask (or brown paper bag) off one day and reveal it was one giant, multi-year Joaquin Phoenix-esque charade. But with each altercation and each outlandish new exploit, it gets harder and harder to believe the stories emerging in the news are 100% performance. Every random fight caught on camera, every story of on-set antics, every art display (where LaBeouf is seen to be crying), and every bizarre interview takes him (and us) further down the rabbit hole.These are the craziest things Shia has done, and there are plenty more not represented on this list. That we had enough for leftovers is a testament to what this child star has become, or what he's made himself into. We may never know. But whatever the case, we're all watching.
The #iamsorry exhibit
After his shameless plagiarizing and all the weird antics thereafter, Shia decided to present the ultimate apology. He set up the #iamsorry exhibit where any and everyone could show up and sit in a room with him. He would silently sit, and you could blame him for whatever you liked, or just be in the room with him. Either way, his presence was an "apology." Every now and then, the "I Am Not Famous Anymore" bag would make an appearance.
Took Out One of His Own Teeth, and Scarred His Face
Shia took method acting to new heights on the set of Fury. He decided to commit fully to his role as a WWII tank brigade soldier and quit doing anything that couldn't be done around the tank (like showering, for instance). He also went to a dentist in the valley and had them remove one of his teeth (because he thought his character would be missing a tooth). And he scarred his face, permamantly, because make up isn't an option, apparently.
That Whole Plagiarism Thing
Shia's directorial debut HowardCantour.com came under fire after it was revealed to be blatantly stolen from graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. LaBeouf basically adapted Clowes's 2007 comic Justin M Damiano without any permission or payment to the original artist. Shia then went on to say his next short would be called Daniel Boring, which was a comic series written by Clowes with the exact plot Shia described his film as having.
London's Central Saint Martins Art School Project
LaBeouf collaborated with the Central Saint Martins Art School and produced 36 short clips featuring the actor giving "motivational advice," as well as other acts of weird chicanery. Highlights include: Shia weirdly hitting on, you? (1:22:42); Shia discussing a dead jellyfish (1:37:35); Fake British Accent Shia! (1:50:46); and much, much more.