Shia LaBeouf named his exhibit at the Los Angeles Performance art show “#IAMSORRY,” and appeared wearing a tuxedo and a paper bag that sported the message “I am not famous anymore.” Barely a few days ago, the 27-year-old actor had appeared at the Berlin premiere of “Nymphomanic” sporting a paper bag over his head with the same message.
A press release for the show, quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, read: “Shia LaBeouf is sorry. Sincerely sorry. He will be in situ at 7354 Beverly Boulevard for the duration. Implements will be provided. Free admission." But what the actor was apologizing for remained unclear.
TMZ reported a first person account from a visitor: "I walk into the gallery. A lady is standing behind a table with an assortment of different items apparently related to his life: whip [from "Indiana Jones"], a Transformer [from "Transformers"], Jack Daniels [he likes to drink?], bouquet of daisies, cologne, pink ukulele, etc. I pick the bottle of Jack and the lady escorts me to the next room separated by a curtain."
The person said that the actor was sitting, wearing a paper bag on his head. “I introduce myself, offer him tacos. No response. I tell him I find the bag to be distracting and if he'd be willing to take it off. He obliges."
The person told TMZ that LaBeouf’s eyes were "red and puffy as if his cat just died." The person added that LaBeouf gave no response to anything he said to the actor. Only when he was asked “If any slimy characters have put their lips on the bottle,” the actor showed a wide smile, but “immediately his face returns to its regular stoic self."
The person concluded, saying: “I tell him I think he's a good actor who's wildly misunderstood. I ask him if I can take a picture. No response. I say I'm a nice guy, please don't punch me in the face. I take a picture. He doesn't move. I thank him for his time and extend my hand -- he shakes it. I leave."
The “#IAMSORRY” show is in collaboration with the “Transformers” actor and artists Nastja Sade Ronkko and Luke Turner. It will reportedly continue until Sunday at the Stephen Cohen Gallery.
Suman Varandani works as a Correspondent for the International Business Times, where she covers Entertainment, Lifestyle, Media & Culture and other trending topics.