In the past few years, Shia LaBeouf has made a habit of befuddling people with his bizarre antics, but his latest stunt might be the strangest to date.
The 27-year-old transformed into a performance artist in Los Angeles on Tuesday, opening his first-ever "art" exhibit, #IAMSORRY, which you might recognize from his tweet with the same hashtag. "The Insider" correspondent Michael Yo got in line to witness the installation firsthand and chat with others about their experiences with it.
"I walk into the room and Shia is sitting in a chair, bag on his head staring right at me," Yo said. "As soon as I walk in I say 'What's up?' ... He starts smiling and you can see it through the bag. I said, 'You were the golden boy of Hollywood, the next big thing and to outsiders it all fell apart. But it's pretty cool that you're in a position where you don't give a f--k what people think.' I said, 'Everyone in the media, standing in line wants to be able to get to a position where they can do what they want and don't care what people think -- the ultimate freedom,' and I got a grin."
Michael also asked the actor to remove the paper bag from his head and, while it seemed like a long shot, the actor obliged, removing his cover and even allowing a selfie to be taken.
Fellow onlookers may have gotten a slight smile, fellow onlookers described the actor as emotional and crying during their experience inside the exhibit. "He was just sad, he was crying the whole time," Meg Swertlow said about her experience. "Instead of making jokes, I was like, 'You seem like you're in a lot of pain.' It was trippy. Everyone thinks he's so crazy but it seemed like the least crazy thing I've seen him do in a while."
The paper bag first made its appearance on Saturday at the Berlin Film Festival and while it was strange then, it seems to make a bit more sense now, as do the rest of his recent antics. Aside from wearing a brown bag on his head with eyeholes cut out and the words "I am not famous anymore" written across it, the actor abruptly walked out of a press conference for the film "Nymphomaniac Volume 1" just before hitting the red carpet.
While it's certainly interesting, LaBeouf has been inspired by famous performance artist Marina Abramović, who is known for exploring the relationship between the observer and the artist. And he's not the only star who's attemped long-form artistry; Lady Gaga (whose exhibit was also inspired by Abramović), Jay Z, and Tilda Swinton all had their own exhibits last year
Check out this video to hear more details of Michael Yo's experience and what other fans had to say about the actor. Tune in to "The Insider" tonight for the latest in entertainment news.
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