James Franco Defends Shia LaBeouf, Calls Him An 'Artist'
Shia's behaviour has been increasingly bizarre in recent months...
James Franco has spoken out in defence of fellow actor Shia LaBeouf, who has demonstrated increasingly erratic behavior in recent months.
“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,” Franco wrote in an article for The New York Times.
“I hope that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art.”
The scandal kicked off after Shia’s short firm, called HowardCantour.com, was accused of plagiarizing a well-known comic book artist in December.
In response to the allegations, the Transformers actor began tweeting a number of apologies, all copied from other famous people’s apologies, including ones by Kanye West and Tiger Woods.
Shia also paid for a plane to sky-write an apology in LA, all the while refusing to acknowledge the original allegations.
More recently, the former Disney star turned up at a premiere wearing a paper bag over his head that said ‘I’m Not Famous Anymore’.
Franco – who has pulled his own share of publicity stunts – concluded: “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.”