James Franco: I'm Sure Shia LeBeouf's Act Is All Just Performance Art

Image: James Franco: I'm Sure Shia LeBeouf's Act Is All Just Performance Art

Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 05:04 PM

By Morgan Chilson

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
James Franco weighed in through a New York Times opinion column on Shia LaBeouf’s recent odd behavior, taking what he called an “empathetic view of his conduct.”

Franco listed several of the instances of odd behavior that have gotten LaBeouf a lot of media attention in recent months, including the accusation that he plagiarized his short film “Howard Cantour.com” and wearing a paper bag saying “I am not famous anymore” to a red carpet event.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Franco’s sympathy for LaBeouf’s actions seems to stem from the challenge of being an actor in a public profession.

“This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness,” Franco wrote. “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.”

Franco reminded readers that as far back as the iconic Marlon Brando, actors have “lashed out” at their profession and public images. Brando turned down a 1973 Oscar for best actor and rebelled in other ways.

Franco looked to his own life for examples of that rebellious attitude, citing the fact that he joined “General Hospital,” a soap opera, at the same time as he made movies that would garner Oscar nominations. “My decision was in part an effort to jar expectations of what a film actor does and to undermine the tacit — or not so tacit — hierarchy of entertainment,” he wrote.

Franco’s article inspired interesting comments, including a criticism that the Times was taking on the role of People magazine by writing about such issues. Here's what Twitter had to say:

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved