Posted: 5:21 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
James Franco has some concerns over Shia LaBeouf’s escalating strange public behavior, and is making his worry public.
In an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday, the 127 Hours actor wonders about the state of the 27-year-old actor’s mental health, writing, “This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness.
“For Mr. LaBeouf’s sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope — and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones — that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.”
He also hopes that Shia isn’t wasting all of the goodwill he’s built up acting in Hollywood for years, stating, “Mr. LaBeouf has been acting since he was a child, and often an actor’s need to tear down the public creation that constrains him occurs during the transition from young man to adult.”
“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.”
You can read Franco’s full op-ed piece here.