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Shia LaBeouf Explains His Recent Strange Behaviour to Ellen DeGeneres

The 'Fury' actor explains that he had an "existential crisis"

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: October 10th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Shia LaBeouf Explains His Recent Strange Behaviour to Ellen DeGeneres

"You've had quite an interesting life in the last year or so," DeGeneres tells Shia LaBeouf calmly, as the audience laughs in the background, "I really don't pay attention to stuff, but uh, what happened?"

Leave it to Ellen DeGeneres to tactfully ask what the rest of us have been thinking for months now. "What happened?" is the single most understated question of all time when inquiring about Shia LaBeouf and his bizarre downward spiral of the last year.

"Man, I went through, like, an existential crisis, which turned into kind of, like, a, exploration. I had some hiccups and judgement errors," was the Fury star's vague answer.

DeGeneres wasted no time in recollecting the past and brought up the incident in which he wore a paper bag to the premiere of Nymphomaniac this past February, announcing that he wasn't famous any longer. She also touched on his #IAMSORRY performance exhibit.

"So, you wore that. And then to apologize, you did a performance piece, which that sort of was, but you did a performance piece where people could come and see you and say whatever they wanted to you," Ellen surmised.

"Yeah, we had a table with all these implements. You know, there was like an Indiana Jones whip and some pliers and… it was sort of no rules," the twenty-eight year old replied, "There was a lot of negativity online. So, I thought, all right, well, let's see what all this negativity is all about. Let's invite it in."

When DeGeneres pointed out that putting a pair of pliers and a whip in front of a group of people wasn't the safest thing, LeBeouf agreed but explained that it ended up having the opposite effect.

"Yeah, so I figured maybe someone will pull my fingernails off. Basically I was sitting there with a bag over my head in this room. And we had these one-on-one situations where we'd invite one person at a time and they can do whatever they wanted. And there was also this bowl of these really malicious tweets. So, people would come in and read them. I was sitting in there broken. I was really truly apologetic, so I was sort of like apologizing to the public in a way. So, I thought for sure people were gonna come in and be super mean from what I'd been reading. But it wasn't that way at all. It was very human. Once they got in there everything changed. They stopped looking at me as like an object they started looking at me as like a human and they were very loving. It was really human," he explained.

LeBeouf went on to explain that he got into acting because he "had this void" and was "a kid of abandonment". He discussed the similarity between himself and online haters, stating that, "we suffer from the same thing, which is just a lack of attention and love." In addition, he also touched on his short time in jail, revealing that, "Jail was quite scary."

"I really went all the away with it. They put a Hannibal mask on me and a led jacket, It was very scary," the actor explained, later adding that, "I spit on a cop. That's a no, no. I'm sorry if you're watching dude. I'm sorry. That was crazy, man."

The Fury actor also explained that getting back on track involved connecting with a lot of things "spiritually", but that physical activity has been helpful in keeping him grounded.

"Running is big in my life," he told Ellen, also revealing that that he runs 12 miles every day. "I was running a lot before, but I really picked it up a bit. It's become like my salvation, running."

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