Now another actor with tendencies towards art production,
Franco highlights some of LaBeouf's recent actions, including a performance called #IAmSorry that took place in
"This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness," writes Franco. "For Mr. LaBeouf's sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope — and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones — that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona."
He acknowledged the difficulty of self-identifying within
Franco interprets LaBeouf's actions as trying to "instigate a frenzy of commentary that sets in motion a feedback loop: acting out, followed by negative publicity, followed by acting out in response to that publicity, followed by more publicity, and so on. Participating in this call and response is a kind of critique, a way to show up the media by allowing their oversize responses to essentially trivial actions to reveal the emptiness of their raison d'Être... 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."
Abramovic, for her part, has said of LaBeouf's art piece: "It's very interesting to me that the
As well as making mainstream films like Oz the Great and Powerful and This Is the End, Franco has also made his own visual art as well as writing and directing his own film work – he recently also founded a new acting school. LaBeouf meanwhile can currently be seen in Nymphomaniac, and recently completed Fury, a war drama co-starring
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