Shia LaBeouf Participates in a Performance Mocking Shia LaBeouf
If you like celebrities who can laugh at themselves (and, really, who doesn’t?) then this one’s for you: eccentric actor Shia LaBeouf participated in a performance art piece turned YouTube video that uses him as a punchline. The over-the-top musical number uses members of the Argus Quartet, the West L.A. Children’s Choir, the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. and several interpretive dancers to tell the story of an individual who finds himself alone and phoneless on a dark evening when he is suddenly accosted by “Hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf,” as the song dubs him. Eventually, the fictional LaBeouf is decapitated and the camera pans to the real Shia—the sole member of the audience—in a tux and clapping vigorously.
LaBeouf’s gameness is especially impressive given that the story pokes fun at some of his more bizarre real-life encounters. This summer, he was arrested during a Broadway performance of “Cabaret” for a drunken outburst that included him yelling, lighting a cigarette, and even attempting to grab the show’s star, Alan Cumming. He has also previously been charged with drunk driving and disorderly conduct on separate occasions.
But it’s also not the first time the troubled actor has used art to poke fun at his wrongdoings. In February, he held a performance art show in an L.A. gallery entitled “#IAMSORRY”, which involved him sitting in silence wearing a paper bag emblazoned with the words “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” over his head. Taking a page from Marina Abramović’s book, the actor never broke eye contact, but refused to respond to any questions.
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