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James Franco Writes An "Empathetic" Open Letter To Shia LaBeouf, And If You're Already Thinking That's Odd, Wait Till You Read It!

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James Franco Shares his thoughts on Shia LaBeouf in the NYTimes!

Now that things are quieting down on the Shia LaBeouf front, it means that everyone wants to weigh in on the "whys" of his actions.

What better person is there to do that than James Franco.

And in the New York Times, no less!

The Spring Breakers actor has written an essay summing up his thoughts on the Nymphomaniac actor, who he refers to as "Mr. LaBeouf," and his recent performance art.

While it does smell of pretentiousness, it actually has a few good points! Guess that college education comes in handy!

He starts out:

"Though the wisdom of some of his actions may seem questionable, as an actor and artist I’m inclined to take an empathetic view of his conduct."

Actors sticking together, how sweet!

He continued:

This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness. For Mr. LaBeouf’s sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope — and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones — that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.

Then Marlon Brando comes to play.

He says:

"Actors have been lashing out against their profession and its grip on their public images since at least Marlon Brando. Brando’s performances revolutionized American acting precisely because he didn’t seem to be “performing,” in the sense that he wasn’t putting something on as much as he was being.

Off-screen he defied the studio system’s control over his image, allowing his weight to fluctuate, choosing roles that were considered beneath him and turning down the Oscar for best actor in 1973. These were acts of rebellion against an industry that practically forces an actor to identify with his persona while at the same time repeatedly wresting it from him."

And finally, he concludes with a surprising air of sincerity.

He finishes saying:

"Mr. LaBeouf has been acting since he was a child, and often an actor’s need to tear down the public creation that constrains him occurs during the transition from young man to adult. I think Mr. LaBeouf’s project, if it is a project, is a worthy one. I just hope that he is careful not to use up all the good will he has gained as an actor in order to show us that he is an artist."


What do U think of James words?

Is he being genuine or just jumping at the chance to share his opinions?

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10 comments to “James Franco Writes An "Empathetic" Open Letter To Shia LaBeouf, And If You're Already Thinking That's Odd, Wait Till You Read It!”

  1. fluff says – reply to this


    100% agreed with "Mr Franco". Very perceptive and probably more accurate view on the whole Shia thing than the one the media is portraying (including Perez). Well done mr Franco. Respect!!! And if the kid doesnt get it, he should have his therapist explain it to him.

  2. 2

    Franco is not th eperson to be making comments aboutactors acting out or acting oddly. That is like "Pot… meet kettle…"

  3. @v@ says – reply to this


    Having the same opinion, I simply hope Shia's friends are keeping in touch. There's nothing like bouncing your stuff off of peers to keep yourself grounded.

  4. 4

    in other words…shia dont burn your bridges. never know if u might need those link down the road ;)

  5. dalek says – reply to this


    BOOHOO. these celebutards are so self involved with an inflated sense of self importance. Get over yourselves already. Despite what they say, no one is as interested in celebrities, not even the media, as themselves. Biggest whiners ever. STFU, franco. Shouldn't you be mooching off your minimum wage earning fans so you can make some more subjectively crappy art instead of investing your own MILLIONS? Selfish Narcissist.

  6. Shauna. says – reply to this


    LaBeouf made a fool of himself, so he pulled a smokescreen with something else to distract people from the first indiscretion. The second didn't work, as he underestimated the public. Then another smoke screen to hide the former. The sky writing didn't work. The bag over the head didn't work. Covering up for a mistake snowballed it. It didn't erase it. He should stop now as we know what has happened. Turns out we're not all sardines following the trawler.

  7. Joann. says – reply to this


    Hmmm, I think it might be worse than that since Shia sent a photo of his privates to the Nympomaniac film production team. The whole time knowing body doubles would be used in the actual scenes, before digitally adding the actors faces to the body double. This is nothing but weird.

  8. annieG says – reply to this


    It's really hard to give pity to celebrities if that's what he's trying to get at.

  9. 9

    i whole heartly agree with JF. it is just a performing art for him and it is just a project. i mean he is an actor after all right and he is just showing the artist side of it

  10. Ms.Chrysalis says – reply to this


    I think James Franco just knows how to play the PR game better than Shia, nothing more:)

    I found this post and others while trying to figure out why Shia wasn't in Transformers IV, and here's what I think - yes, what he did with the bag on his head was bizarre - but did anyone consider the possibility he was trying to tell the public something without being sued in Hollywood?

    And was he already being smeared for not playing the game?

    For instance, the whole "Ew, we knew he was going crazy when he was so smelly, during filming for The Fury."

    Whatever. Daniel Day Lewis does this every day, to get in character, even before he won an Oscar, and no one said a word. And boo hoo anyway - don't you feel sorry for these poor actors making millions had to endure an actor trying to get into a WWII soldier's character?

    What's the count on talented people suddenly "going crazy" in Hollywood anyway? What does it HAVE to be before we start to realize it's not the person, it's the culture driving them there and that perhaps leaving the dysfunctional family is healthy?

    Watching the less talented be rewarded constantly must be frustrating - e.g., Judd Apatow's weed-induced "frat pack" getting roles way above their acting ability (ames Franco in "The Great and Powerful Oz"( or nominated for Academy Awards for playing themselves (Jonah Hill)

    Yes, they're funny, but it ends there - we've taken the joke of Tropic Thunder to beyond ironic and downright scary