A Hitchhiker's Guide to Shia LaBeouf, Artist
At this very moment, Shia LaBeouf is hitchhiking across America for the latest in a string of what's become, to our astonishment, a full dozen art projects and performances. (Not counting, of course, that time he sky-wrote an apology—"I am sorry, Daniel Clowes"—after responding to Clowes's accusations of plagiarism with threats of violence. Or that time he live-tweeted his LSD trip. Or that time he chased a homeless man in the streets of New York for the man's McDonald's.) Since early 2014, when he took on his artist partners-in-crime Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, his bouts of uncontrolled id have acquired a veneer of, well, "art." That's around when LaBeouf had what he's called “a genuine existential crisis," and pivoted into a very deliberate, better-marketed, and even more public type of performance, like donning a paper bag over his head on the red carpet and live-streaming everything from his heart rate to his exact location via GPS. Art or not, his antics have clearly struck a nerve: A few weeks ago, a man was assaulted for simply resembling the actor, which earned the unfortunate doppelgänger a sympathetic voicemail from LaBeouf himself. (Unsurprisingly, it's happened to him, too.) A look back at all of his hashtag-driven projects, here.