Shia LaBeouf is beginning to seem more and less crazy all at the same time these days and his latest bizarre take on an interview sums the situation up perfectly.
While just a few months ago, LaBeouf was being ejected from theaters, chasing the homeless, and pulling out his own teeth, he now seems a lot more grounded, but with a deeply alternative view on life.
The controversial actor has also begun to display a surprising amount of up front honesty and vulnerability for a Hollywood star.
LaBeouf's latest interview was born when he contacted the Dazed and Confused journalist Aimee Cliff via social media because he liked her point of view. The pair communicated via email before the interview, but their actual meeting was conducted entirely in silence.
During their up front interview communication, LaBeouf explained that he had "an actual full blown existential crisis" after committing plagiarism, but he now felt it had turned into an "existential exploration."
The most shocking thing by far that came out in the intensely personal interview was LaBeouf explaining he had be raped by a woman during his "I'm Sorry" art show. He told Cliff that:
One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me…There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with disheveled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well. On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication. So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.
Although this revelation might seem unbelievable considering the outrageous behavior of LaBeouf in recent times, it isn't exactly far fetched.
People who expose themselves to art shows where the general public are invited to do what they will with them are often subject to abuse that they do nothing to stop, to avoid compromising the performances value. For example, artist Marina Abromavich was left crying, afraid for her life and bleeding during her seminal performance 'Rhythm 0' in 1974.
Judging from LaBeouf's seemingly confused emotional state during the time of the performance, I would not be at all surprised if he really just let a woman rape him without calling security or asking her to stop.
Disturbing doesn't even begin to describe it.
Do you think Shia LaBeouf was raped during his performance?