Shia LaBeouf is at it again. The actor who conducted a series of outrageous stunts over the past year, including walking a red carpet with a paper bag over his head and being arrested for disorderly conduct at a Broadway performance of Cabaret has participated in an hourlong silent video interview as part of a Dazed magazine story on the actor.
LaBeouf and the writer, Aimee Cliff, conducted a two-week long dialogue over email, an edited version of which appears as text with the video. It was LaBeouf’s idea to keep their words online and meet in person without speaking. So, in mid-October, while LaBeouf was in London for the premiere of Fury, the two filmed an hourlong sit-down in his hotel room, with the actor and Cliff both wearing GoPro cameras strapped to their heads.
In the email exchange, a full version of which is available on a website he set up with the co-creators of his February #IAmSorry art installation, LaBeouf continues to shock, claiming that he was raped during the L.A. gallery installation.
He writes that one woman “whipped” his legs for 10 minutes, “and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me.”
LaBeouf adds that his girlfriend was in line to see him when the alleged rapist walked out with disheveled hair and smudged lipstick and, he says, word of what transpired inside reached her.
“It really hurt her as well,” LaBeouf says. “When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.”
LaBeouf spent a week living inside a Beverly Boulevard gallery where he sat at a wooden table wearing an “I am not famous anymore” paper bag over his head. Visitors were allowed to select from a number of “implements,” including a whip, and then were able to have one-on-one interactions with him.
LaBeouf and Cliff also talk about his work on Fury, his “method” approach to acting and his metamodernist artistic endeavors. He even shares his thoughts on the meaning of life, which he prefaces with a smiley-face emoticon.
“We are all mostly in a state of mind that is constantly hovering, constantly browsing, checking, updating shit. There is no purpose or sense to it, no commitment. The meaning of life I think is to find your purpose, sensibility and commitment, and help others achieve the same,” LaBeouf says. “We all need to heal through interaction.”
Watch the hourlong silent interview below.