ByCassie Benter, writer at
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Cassie Benter

Around a month ago, there was a 30 minute long video released on Vimeo of Shia LaBeouf performing different scenes for a video art project at Central Saint Martins, one of the UK's leading arts universities.

All 150 students in the class were invited to write a script for Shia to perform on camera. This was the assignment at hand:

...submit a piece of text lasting up to 30 seconds or no more than 100 words. This can be as poetic, abstract or literal as you like – with the emphasis on expressing the feeling and tone of the work being introduced.

Source: The Guardian

The reason for the green screen was so that the students could add whatever they wanted behind Shia. The uncut performance was also uploaded on Vimeo with the green screen, and was released under a Creative Commons licence, meaning that we were also allowed to do what we wanted with it. Naturally, the video went viral (the motivational segment especially), and Shia has now made an appearance in several of our favorite movies.

Star Wars

In Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Shia appears as a hologram to help motivate Luke Skywalker. It's pretty crazy how well this one fits together. Are you guys sure this isn't a deleted scene? - Video by 190 Proof Entertainment

Avengers, The Dark Knight, and More

Okay, so admittedly, he might not be making any of these Superhero movies any better. Though it is still entertaining, and that mini-squat at the end is just the icing on the cake. - Video by IGN

2001: A Space Odyssey

What was a motivational speech has now been turned into Shia being hostile towards HAL for not opening the pod bay doors. And rightfully so! I don't think I could've been as calm as Dave in that position. This is definitely my favorite video I've seen so far. It's just too perfect! - Video by Dillon Becker


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