Shia LaBeouf is not known for keeping his mouth shut, or sporting a fashionable hairstyle, and he proved both to be true last night (Apr. 16, 2015) in New York City.
Sporting a pseudo mohawk and a thick braided rattail, along with an eyebrow ring and earring, LaBeouf attended the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Love True. He is the executive producer/financier of a work-in-progress documentary from director Alma Har’el.
Luckily for LaBeouf, his braided rattail was overshadowed by some questionable things the actor said.
Instead of just talking about the film LaBeouf spoke openly about himself; in particular his battle with drink and drugs and a destructive relationship.
Talking about Pacino, LaBeouf said: “Al Pacino’s acting [in Scarface] – nothing against him but there’s a big difference between something that’s presentational and something that’s representational. I think even Pacino would agree that his work is representational, whereas someone like Joaquin Phoenix is presentational.”
He continued, criticizing the Transformers franchise: “Bumblebee never sounds real, it’s just a fucking name. The name alone you can never make real, no matter how much you put into it, because on the other side, you have a director who doesn’t believe it either. So when you work with certain directors who give over and do something that’s presentational and you both believe it, then there is no fucking around, and you really are in this alternate universe.”
LaBeouf went in to a deeper explanation of the difference between acting and performing.
“The craft of acting for film is terribly exclusive and comes with the baggage of celebrity, which robs you of your individuality and separates you,” he explained. “The performance work is democratized and far more inclusive. As a celebrity/star I am not an individual — I am a spectacular representation of a living human being, the opposite of an individual. The enemy of the individual, in myself as well as in others.”
LaBeouf further explained his celebrity mentality, saying stars are beholden to everything else but themselves. “The requirements to being a star/celebrity are namely, you must become an enslaved body. Just flesh—a commodity, and renounce all autonomous qualities in order to identify with the general law of obedience to the course of things. The star is a byproduct of the machine age, a relic of modernist ideals. It’s outmoded.”
So glad that is all cleared up.