Shia LaBeouf has had quite the tumultuous year, and he knows it. And now he’s explaining it—or at least, he’s trying to. “Metamodernism has influenced a lot of my action in the public in this last year and a half,” LaBeouf told Interview magazine. Ah, metamodernism. Knew it!
Besides waxing philosophical about schools of thought, LaBeouf also talked to Interview about what famous men have tried to help him along in his career, and what famous men he’s, uh, stalked. It’s all a part of an apology tour of sorts he’s been on the past few weeks, where he’s spoken candidly about his recent behavior. (In reality, he’s on a press tour for the just-released Fury.)
First, there was his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Oct. 10 where he claimed he went through “an existential crisis.” “I had some hiccups,” he told DeGeneres. “Some judgment errors.” Then, he went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and told the lengthy—and alcohol-fueled—story behind his June arrest that included him grabbing Alan Cumming’s butt and chasing a homeless man around.
In both instances, he discussed the so-called “judgment errors” with humor and tried to convey that he’s past that period in his life. In the Interview story, he’s more concerned with providing the not-always-funny back stories behind his actions. Here are some of the most compelling—and the weirdest—tidbits from the interview:
While starring together in 2003’s The Battle of Shaker Heights, Ben Affleck gave LaBeouf some advice that didn’t quite take. “I was still very edgy and remained so for a long time,” LaBeouf said. “Ben saw that and was trying to curb it before it became an issue. He was unsuccessful.”
After plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes comic, LaBeouf took to Twitter to apologize—but his apologies were also plagiarized. “I took [Clowes’s] work and tried to adapt it into a film out of insecurity, a fear of my own ideas,” LaBeouf said. This is the first time he’s truly discussed the incident: Besides the plagiarized tweets, LaBeouf also hired a skywriter to spell out “I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES” and then went on to host an art exhibit in L.A. titled “#IAMSORRY,” where he donned a paper bag on his head as exhibit-goers sat across from him at a table.
That exhibit, which urged visitors to interact with LaBeouf as he sat completely silent, was a way for the actor to deal with feeling broken after the media attacked him post-plagiarism. “I was like, ‘Whoa, f–k, I’m a villain.’ I was broken, and I used that,” he said. “I didn’t know if the trolls were going to come up and shoot me in the f–king head, but we put pliers on the table.” Other items on the table that visitors could do whatever they wanted with? Cologne, a whip, a ukulele, and a bottle of whiskey.
Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf’s feud during their run together in Broadway’s Orphans was well-documented, but there’s one part that slipped through the cracks: The fact that LaBeouf sometimes followed Baldwin home. LaBeouf wanted to intimidate Baldwin as part of the acting process, and part of that intimidation involved, well, stalking. “I was following him home,” LaBeouf said. “I was completely broken, and still in [character] … So I would follow him from rehearsal to his home.” The two have since made up though, and Baldwin even reached out recently. “He was the first dude to hit me up after I got out of court,” LaBeouf said. “He sent me an email. It’s really beautiful.”
LaBeouf’s been broadcasting his seemingly newfound affinity for running on his Twitter, but running—both on the road and from things—is actually a habit he’s always had. “I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself,” LaBeouf said. “I’m a dude who loves delusion. It’s why I love being an actor—I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my sh– or take responsibility.”
Read the full story at Interview.