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

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├óΓé¼Γäóm 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├óΓé¼Γäós performances revolutionized American acting precisely because he didn├óΓé¼Γäót seem to be ├óΓé¼┼ôperforming,├óΓé¼┬¥ in the sense that he wasn├óΓé¼Γäót putting something on as much as he was being.

Off-screen he defied the studio system├óΓé¼Γäós 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├óΓé¼Γäós need to tear down the public creation that constrains him occurs during the transition from young man to adult. I think Mr. LaBeouf├óΓé¼Γäós 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?

Feb 20, 2014 11:40am PDT

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