Shia LaBeouf says he embraced performance art because he felt ‘limited’ by ‘Transformers’ movies

Actor recently livestreamed himself watching his entire filmography for a performance art project

Shia LaBeouf has explained that he turned to performance art because he felt creatively “limited” by making blockbusters like Steven Spielberg’s 2008 Indiana Jones sequel and the Transformers movies.

Last month the actor embarked on a performance art project called #ALLMYMOVIES in which he livestreamed himself watching his entire filmography.

In 2014, he staged a performance art project called #IAMSORRY in which he accepted visitors one by one while sitting in a Los Angeles gallery with a paper bag on his head. The same year, he attended the Berlin Film Festival screening of his Nymphomaniac wearing a paper bag bearing the words: “I am not famous anymore”.

Asked by The Guardian why he had decided to embrace performance art, LaBeouf replied: “Why does a goat jump? There’s an animalistic urge to express love that I can’t express in film. I felt limited after coming out of Transformers. Or all the stuff I’d done with Steven Spielberg, not to pooh-pooh those films, but you have no creative control.”

LaBeouf also explained that his passion for performance art is connected to his interest in acting. “The guys I always looked up to – Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn – I loved the myths I heard about how their performances were created,” he said.

“And I thought, ‘Oh man, it would be great if you could see the process, you’d enjoy the performance a bit more.’ That’s why I turned to performance art, because it’s just about the process. It’s all aired out.”

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