Sulkowicz praises LeBeouf’s #ALLMYMOVIES performance work.
[It’s] a participatory art piece, a relational aesthetics art piece. It’s not just a stunt. I think there are things to think about in the piece…It’s the most egotistical thing on Earth. Yet, at the same time, because of the endurance quality of it where he has to sit there and suffer through himself, suffer through watching himself, it’s humble and inclusive. Like, ‘I will suffer through this with you guys, if you want.’
Seven films into his own film festival, Labeouf lays down in the middle of an aisle and takes a two-hour nap during Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
LaBeouf invites the public to watch him as he watches all of his movies in reverse chronological order (link). The event, a piece of performance art by LeBoeuf, Rokko and Turner, takes place over three days, will be continuously live-streamed for those who cannot attend. Admission is free.
LaBeouf is arrested in Austin for misdemeanor public intoxication. Witnesses say LeBeouf and a woman are denied entry to a bar because they are too intoxicated. LeBoeuf becomes verbally abusive and tries to force himself into the bar, but is stopped. He then runs down the street and jaywalks in front of police. They warn him to stop, but he continues to act bizarrely and is arrested. He is taken to the Travis County Jail.
Interview Magazine interviews LaBeouf about how his role as a Christian man in the film Fury actually converted him to Christianity.
I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a f-cking bullshit way—in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it. It’s a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control. And while there’s beauty to that, acting is all about control. So that was a wild thing to navigate. I had good people around me who helped me. Brad [Pitt] was really instrumental in guiding my head through this. Brad comes from a hyper-religious, very deeply Christian, Bible Belt life, and he rejected it and moved toward an unnamed spirituality. He looked at religion like the people’s opium, almost like a Marxist view on religion. Whereas [Fury writer-director] David [Ayers] is a full subscriber to Christianity. But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot, and I really looked up to both men. It was nice to have conversations with Brad about the family he came from and what he was using to get through the day. People don’t know this about Brad: He’s a very thoughtful actor. That’s not a motherf-cker who just shows up and does the job. He puts a lot in, so you get a lot out. He’s hard on himself, very hard. I think every great artist is bipolar to some degree. To be great you have to have self-criticism, which, in that moment, becomes some sort of bipolar thing. You go from “That was f-cking great” to “I’m f-cking shit.” And Brad has a bipolar element to the way he deals with his work. We have a lot of similarities that way.
LaBeouf appears on the November cover of Interview magazine. LaBeouf discusses his relationship with his father and his recent behavior.
I’m not a very intelligent person, and you’ve got to be a f–king genius to learn from other people’s mistakes, because you’ve got to be a very smart man to learn from your own. You’re only as good as your last thing, and I’m only thinking about the next thing. I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself. Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or f–king calamity or whatever it is, I’ve always been running. I’m a dude who loves delusion. It’s why I love being an actor—I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my s–t or take responsibility. So it’s been an eye-opening thing to have to look at myself, at my life, and have these reflective moments.
LaBeouf appears as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his latest film, Fury. He also tells an elaborate story of how he chased a homeless man, got drunk on whiskey, and got arrested at a cabaret in New York City.
So I land in New York coming back from Ireland, where I’m visiting my girl. In Ireland you drink whiskey, so I’d been drinking a lot of whiskey.
LeBeouf opens up about his recent rants, jail time and strange behavior.
I went through an existential crisis which turned into some kind of exploration. I had some hiccups some judgement error.
LaBeouf pleads guilty to bizarre behavior and disorderly conduct. The guilty plea involves no jail time or probation. If LaBeouf remains in alcohol treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six, he will be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea and the case will be dismissed. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Diana Boyar:
Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?
Yes, your honor.
LaBeouf calls 911 for help after coming face-to-face with an intruder in his L.A. home. Officers are dispatched to arrest 31-year-old Graciela Nahle, who has been to actor’s home twice. Nahle pleads no contest to trespassing after this latest incident and is sentenced to 45 days in jail where she only served out four of them.
I have a person in my house who has been stalking me for three weeks now. I have no idea [who she is] but she’s been turning up at my house randomly, she’s basically on my property.
LaBeouf participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He then nominates Marina Abramović.
LaBeouf’s representatives announce that actor is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction, making it clear that he is not checked into a rehab facility contrary to previous reports.
He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.
TMZ believes that LaBeouf has selected a 12-step program, even obtaining photos of the actor carrying an Alcohol Anonymous book.
LaBeouf is seen checking into a private treatment facility in Hollywood according to an X17 exclusive. The photo agency followed the actor from his home to the facility where he was greeted by a nurse and security guard.
Shia was nervous; he didn’t look good all morning. He was looking down and wasn’t even talking to his driver. It looked like he didn’t want to do it, but he knew he had to.
During a performance of Cabaret at a New York City theater, the actor is arrested for criminal trespass and misconduct. LeBeouf was smoking in the theater and slapping strangers on the rear end in addition to yelling loudly at the actors on stage during Act 1. According to the complaint, he was asked to leave and refused, yelling obscenities at the security guard. He was removed from the theater in handcuffs and charged with five counts of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and harassment.
In a statement to Joe Hagan, Baldwin reveals the reason behind LaBeouf’s hasty exit from Orphans. The actor corroborates that the two had “creative differences,” but goes on to say that the younger actor was ultimately fired. Baldwin says he knew one of them had to go and even volunteered to leave the play rather than LaBeouf.
I said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll go.’ I said don’t fire the kid, I’ll quit. They said no, no, no, no, and they fired him. And I think he was shocked.
Franco writes an article for the New York Times titled Why Actors Act Out, in which he takes an empathetic view on LaBeouf’s recent behavior. In the article, Franco compares LaBeouf to other actors (including himself) who feel the need to distance themselves from the persona they have created. He goes on to say that an actor’s rebellion against this persona sets in motion a feedback loop where the actor acts out, receives negative publicity, acts out in response to the publicity, and so on.
Mr. LaBeouf has been acting since he was a child, and often an actor’s need to tear down the public creation that constrains him occurs during the transition from young man to adult. I think Mr. LaBeouf’s project, if it is a project, is a worthy one. I just hope that he is careful not to use up all the good will he has gained as an actor in order to show us that he is an artist.
LaBeouf walks the red carpet of the Berlin premiere of Nymphomaniac while wearing a brown paper bag over his head reading, “I am not famous anymore.” According to sources, the actor appeared thinner and a missing bottom tooth which he had shaved down for his role in Fury.
LaBeouf claims a woman raped him during his performance art installation at a gallery in Beverly Hills, where he sat with a bag over his head while member of the public were allowed to visit him one-on-one.
One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me.
The actor announces his retirement from public life in a post on Twitter. No further comment is made as to what this retirement will entail.
LaBeouf issues a string of apologies to Clowes for the admitted plagiarism. The apologetic tweets begin sincere with:
Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it.
As the online accusations continue, LaBeouf’s tweets begin to show signs of frustration and sarcasm, many of which contain plagiarized content themselves. The most recent tweet contains a photo of an airborne apology, written in the sky by an airplane that was hired by the actor to say “I am sorry Daniel Clowes.”
Clowes accuses LaBeouf of illegally borrowing from his 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano. The plagiarism went unnoticed until LaBeouf’s short film, Howard Cantour.com, debuted online. Fantagraphics Books Inc., Clowes publisher, calls the film “a complete rip-off,” and that the novelist was never approached by LaBeouf to authorize an adaptation. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Clowes says:
The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf. I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.
In response to the accusation, the short film is blocked from view on Vimeo yet continues to be available on BuzzFeed in its entirety.
The actor quits the upcoming Broadway production of Orphans because of “creative differences.” The announcement comes a month before preview performances are set to begin and does not elaborate on what the creative differences may be. He is replaced by Ben Foster.
The young actor’s Broadway debut is announced, where he will appear alongside Alec Baldwin in the upcoming revival of the play Orphans, a drama about two brothers who kidnap a wealthy old man. LaBeouf will play the eldest brother who takes care of his weaker sibling in a house in Philadelphia. The play is scheduled to open April 7th.
LaBeouf’s rep dismisses rumors that the actor’s involvement with the fourth Transformers film is dependent on how much money it will make him.
The story is a complete fabrication. While Shia remains very close with the filmmakers/studio, he was never attached to the fourth installment (nor is he in negotiations at this time). Salary did not impact his decision.
Star Magazine claims LaBeouf wants a $3 million raise from the $15 million he made with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The tabloid’s source adds that the actor’s trash-talking about the movie might have also lost him the claim.
After nearly two years of dating, Labeouf and Pho break up. According to a source, the couple have been having difficulties ever since LaBeouf agreed to star in Nymphomaniac, where he would be expected to engage in real sex scenes. The source says that Pho did not want him having sex with someone else and did not understand why the scenes couldn’t be simulated.
Howard Cantour.com, a short film directed by LaBeouf, premiers at the Cannes Film Festival. The 12-minute short stars Jim Gaffigan as Howard Cantour, an internet film critic who runs a movie review website with his carefully cultivated and critical eye.
It’s really an honor to be presenting my directorial debut to this crowd. It’s really outrageous to me.
The actor has an altercation with a man inside the Cinema Public House in Vancouver for an unknown reason. The fight continues outside the bar when security kicks the two out, with the man proceeding to hit LaBeouf in the head multiple times. After the attacker walks away, LaBeouf’s friend keeps the actor from following, telling him, “you’ve gotta lay low right now.”
At the opening of the L.A. nightclub, The Box, LaBeouf spits water on his date, Karolyn Pho, and his tablemates which include Marilyn Manson. Manson attempts to calm the actor down to no effect. LaBeouf becomes more out of control, yelling at his date, and then lunges out of the club with Pho following behind. An eyewitness says:
Marilyn looked shocked and annoyed, but stayed seated. It was so insane — he just had a total meltdown right in front of everyone. It was completely out of control. He was so angry and physical.
LaBeouf appears on the cover of the August 2011 issue of Details magazine. He talks about getting into fights, hooking up with Megan Fox, and a date with Hilary Duff.
I would like to be George Clooney – diplomatic. I just don’t have the wherewithal yet or the inner serenity. My bulls— meter is tuned very sensitive. The minute it starts kicking up, I get back to truth, and sometimes that involves, you know, ‘I don’t want to take a picture.’ And if that’s the case, am I an asshole for being honest? Or am I an a–hole for being dishonest, smiling in your picture and I f—ing hate being there? Which one is worse? These are the questions I ask myself that George Clooney doesn’t ask.
LaBeouf’s hookup confession causes conflict in Fox’s marriage with Green. Although the two were on a break when the romantic entanglement occurred, Fox has been in tears and is apologizing to Green. According to OK Magazine the couple is very angry with LaBeouf.
LaBeouf tells MTV that the third installment of the Transformers series will be the end for his character Sam Witwicky. The actor says he doesn’t believe there is anywhere to take the character in the franchise. LaBeouf believes that he has learned a lot working with Michael Bay and is willing to work in the director’s future films.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon may or may not be the end of the “Transformers” franchise on the big-screen — I’m betting on “may not,” for what it’s worth — but it’s definitely the end for Sam Witwicky.
In an interview with Details magazine, LaBeouf admits to having hooked up with Fox while filming Transformers. When asked about Fox’s relationship status with Brian Austin Green at the time, the actor replies, “I don’t know,” twelve times.
Look, you’re on the set for six months, with someone who’s rooting to be attracted to you, and you’re rooting to be attracted to them. I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen.
The actor places #5825 out of nearly 25,000 runners at the Los Angeles Marathon. He ran for veterans on behalf of U.S. VETS, a non-profit provider of services for veterans facing challenges during their transition to civilian life. LaBeouf finished the 26.2 mile-trek from the Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier in 4 hours and 35 minutes.
LaBeouf is dating Karolyn Pho, a Vietnamese-American stylist he met at a karaoke club in L.A.’s Eno Park.
LaBeouf and Mulligan break up over their “incompatible lifestyles.” LaBeouf says there was friction in the relationship because Mulligan was more interested in marriage and children while he was not ready to settle down.
Carey is not just an actress, she is a great human being, a sweet girl and super intelligent. Our thing came down to not having compatible work/lifestyles. We were always traveling, and had sensibility differences that weren’t conductive to living with one another.
LaBeouf says he’s not opposed to marriage, just that he’s still young.
I come from divorce. I’m only doing marriage once. It’s not a game for me. I’m not a religious person, but I have ethics.
LaBeouf appears on the cover of the April 2010 issue of GQ magazine. He talks about online stock trading, his car crash, and his girlfriend Carey Mulligan.
She’s an unbelievably thought-provoking actress, the most talented actress I’ve ever met in my life, by leaps and bounds. Neither one of us are fame whores. It works out. It’s not like we’re the premiere couple; we’re not the red carpet king and queen.
LaBeouf is reportedly dating British actress, Carey Mulligan. The two met while filming Wall Street 2 and were spotted kissing and cuddling at a cafe in Greenwich Village.
LaBeouf appears on the cover of the July 2009 issue of Parade magazine. He talks about where he gets his humour from, his breakup, and living his life.
Sometimes I feel I’m living a meaningless life and I get frightened. I know I’m one of the luckiest dudes in America right now. I have a great house. My parents don’t have to work. I’ve got money. I’m famous. But it could all change, man. It could go away. You never know.
LaBeouf is involved in a car accident where law enforcement sources say he made a left turn in front of another car, causing the two to collide and LaBeouf’s car to roll. Paramedics arrived on the scene and both parties were taking to the hospital. No major injuries were reported but the actor’s left hand was crushed and required reconstruction surgery. The actor was placed under arrest on suspicion of felony DUI after exhibiting outward signs of intoxication at the scene.
LaBeouf appears on the cover of the June 2008 issue of GQ magazine. He talks about working on Indiana Jones and his female co-stars.
I’ve been in love with every woman I’ve ever worked with (Megan Fox, Sarah Roemer and Michelle Monaghan). [But] there’s the three-month attention span that actors have. I don’t know if it’s mutual, but I really don’t care. They have to kiss me when ‘action’ gets called, anyway, so I’ll get what I want.
Police arrest LaBeouf in downtown Chicago for supposedly refusing to leave a Walgreens under the belief that the actor was intoxicated. The security guard who summoned police, signed a complaint against the actor, who is later charged with misdemeanor count for trespassing. His court date is November 28th.
LaBeouf and Brezner end their 3 year relationship due to difficulties resulting from the actor’s growing career.
My focus became so work-related that I couldn’t devote any time to a relationship. It was unfair to her.
LaBeouf hosts Saturday Night Live, sharing the stage with Andy Samburg, Amy Poehler, and Avril Lavigne among others.
LeBeouf stars as Kale in the mystery-thriller film, Disturbia. His character is a boy under house arrest who is convinced that his next door neighbor is a serial killer. The director, D.J. Caruso, already had an actor in mind for the part when LeBeouf came in and read for the role:
Shia came in and completely won me over in the very first scene. He was so dynamic and his eyes are so expressive. I thought, he is really going to be accessible. The guys are going to like him and the girls are going to like him because he’s the kind of guy you are going to root for ….
LaBeouf co-stars in the fantasy-horror film, Constantine, a movie based on Vertigo Comic’s Hellblazer comic book. The film portrays John Constantine, a cynic with the ability to communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form, who hopes to win favor back into Heaven. LaBeouf plays Chas Kramer, the quirky sidekick to Constantine who hopes to learn a few tricks of the trade along the way. The young actor describes what it was like playing Reeves’ sidekick:
Keanu’s great to perform with just because he’s so giving. What was cool was yes, my character looks up to him and I look up to him because he’s an American icon, so I got to pull a lot of that out of reality and put it into the film. It was a lot of fun to work on. Very easy.
LeBeouf stars in Disney Channel original movie, The Even Stevens Movie. The film is based on the Disney TV show, Even Stevens, with the Stevens family believing they have won an all-expense -paid vacation to a tropical island, only to discover that they are really unwitting contestants on a reality game show. The movie serves as the series finale of its TV namesake.
LeBeouf wins Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Performance in a Children’s Series” for his portrayal of Louis Stevens in the Disney TV show, Even Stevens.
The actor makes his feature debut in Holes, a comedy adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar (who also wrote the screenplay). LaBeouf plays Stanley Yelnats IV, a decedent of an unfortunate family that has been cursed 100 years due to an ancestor who didn’t keep a promise to a fortune-teller. Always in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is sentenced to attend Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he didn’t commit. The detainees have to dig a 5 foot hole in the desert each day to “build character.”
Everyone just thought I was a big goofball. Holes changed that. When your movie makes almost $ 70 million, it’s a different ball game.
LeBeouf stars as Lewis Anthony Stevens on the Disney Channel television series, Even Stevens. His character is the youngest Stevens sibling and is often portrayed as immature, rude, and selfish.