This is unimaginably tragic.
The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):
While the actor stayed pretty silent throughout most of the project titled #ALLMYMOVIES, he opened up about the experience with collaborators Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkko in an interview afterward!
Speaking to NewHive, the Transformers star revealed he was worried that fellow audience members would throw popcorn at him or even "light [his] hair on fire," as the event was open to the public!
"I walked out loving myself. Not in some grandiose, you're f*cking awesome way, but in like, you're a part of a community. You're part of this human thing. You're in this human thing."
The 29-year-old spoke about a communal feeling the theater went through when enjoying the Even Stevens Movie together. He explained:
"It wasn't just me smiling like that. If you look at the freeze frames, everyone is smiling like, wow, I remember Beans. I remember that stupid-ass song. We were all looking at our yearbooks together and we're all in the yearbook."
But not every yearbook entry was met with the same enthusiasm!
Shia noted a shift in the theater when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen came on — which was so rough to watch, he decided to take a nap:
"When the movies started getting sh*t, and they knew that I felt it too, it was the shared secret that we all had… not just because I'm in it… I'm in the same boat as you, I'm a viewer in this and this is hard for me to watch too. In fact, I'm gonna go take a nap cause I hate myself, not cause I'm tired, but because I'm dying right now. And nobody had a problem with that."
All in all, the actor had a positive experience, noting the films created an unspoken bond among the audience! He concluded:
"What happened in that room for those couple of days was we all shared something, we knew it to be true, we didn't need to explain it to one another, and that made it awesome."
We're glad Shia had a good viewing experience! Maybe in 15 years he'll pull the same stunt for his next batch of films?!
[Image via NewHive.]