Has Shia LaBeouf Reached the End of the Line?
Was Shia LaBeouf’s performance art piece at Manhattan’s Angelica Film Center (where he spent three days watching his own films) a sign of madness or genius?
Judging from the lines and the fans, it was the latter.
Shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday, approximately 140 people were on line for the last day of the live-streamed event at Angelica Film Center. Fans who waited were happy to give their opinions.
“I don’t think he’s crazy,” said Elliot Quartz, an 18-year-old student at the New School, who waited four hours and eventually got inside the theater. “I think he’s a smart marketer. People were quiet and he was sleeping on the floor, on his jacket. I went for the spectacle. It’s a story you can tell your friends.”
Born to a Jewish mother and a Christian father, LaBeouf made his mark in Disney’s “Even Stevens,” and went on to a prolific film career. Recently, he has engaged in reckless and criminal behavior (he was arrested at the Broadway show “Cabaret” in June of 2014).
Caleb Townson, who drove 340 miles from Virginia, described the event as “our Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and said that there was a mini-riot of people trying to cut in line.
“It’s super fascinating to see what the point of this is,” he said. “I think this art project is kind of brilliant. … He’s letting [his fans] come together to see how a community will thrive off a bizarre meta-project.”
Jackson Tanner, 19, of Manhattan, said he thinks the actor knows what he is doing.
“I believe that it’s a sadomasochistic reflection of the celebrity narcissism,” Tanner said. “He’s watching over all of his past films as sort of a punishment on himself, but the sadistic part of it is that he’s making people wait in line because he intentionally chose the smallest theater.”
Desir Gala, a 20-something of Harlem who waited on live for several hours with his girlfriend said, “I don’t think he’s great just yet. I am interested in his lifestyle. I think he’d be more likely to get hired after this.”
Jordan Silverman, 23, from Utah, who now lives in Manhattan, wasn’t sure of his mental state.
“I don’t know if it matters if he’s crazy or what he intends for it to be,” she said. “It’s taken on a life of its own.”
Silverman left to go to work after an hour, and Nick Backas, 24, who is unemployed, gave up after waiting three hours. “I gave it an honest effort,” he said.
Brenton Oechsle, 25, and Skyler Lawson, 26, drove from Indianapolis and hoped to give the actor their script, “Awake Thy Sleeper,” on a thumbdrive.
“I would never say ‘You Only Live Once,’ but in this case, I would,” Oechsle said.
Lawson admitted that it would be tough to get a chance to meet the actor, let alone give him the script.
“We know it’s a long-shot but if someone is willing to look stupid for his art, I’m willing to look stupid for mine,” Lawson said.