Former Disney Channel child star Shia LaBeouf is at it again. Known for his eccentric public antics (all in the name of art) the actor has done it all—from wearing a bag over his head, to writing a memoir from jail, to watching an entire marathon of his movies in a New York City theater. Now, following up on his appearance at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month, LaBeouf is embarking on a new project that, one that involves him hitchhiking with complete strangers for the next month.
LaBeouf started the project, called #TAKEMEANYWHERE, earlier in the week. After tweeting out his GPS coordinates, the actor was picked up in Colorado by three young men, who can (as the name implies) take him anywhere. The group traveled to the Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado, where they also created a YouTube video to document the experience. In it, LaBeouf doesn’t hesitate to take artistic charge, telling the boys that the video requires better backlighting and cinematography. At one point, he even takes the camera and adjusts the angle himself.
LaBeouf and his collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, will continue to tweet out their coordinates for the next month. Somewhat surprisingly, the project is not LaBeouf’s avant-garde brainchild; commissioned by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and London’s Finnish Institute (as part of the MediaLive Festival), it has actual artistic purpose: to invoke the spirit of westward travel (including its dangers and potential pitfalls) so inherent to American culture.
“The point of the project is to examine corruption—the theme of this year’s festival—through the tradition of the American road trip,” festival director Nicole Dial-Kay told The Boulder News (via Vanity Fair). “They are opening themselves up to goodness or possibly the corrupt nature. It’s about openness and exploration and connecting to people.” Hopefully, nothing “corrupt” actually befalls the young actor, who has starred in a slew of movies and franchises such as the acclaimed World War II drama Fury and popular Transformers films.
So what are the perks to picking up the former Even Stevens star? Besides participating in a project with such lofty goals like advancing our understanding of the human condition, there’s a good chance LaBeouf will treat you to a free lunch (as he did for his Colorado compadres). But at the end of the day, who knows what could actually happen—and that’s part of the point. “We want this to be a really organic process where things can happen,” Dial-Kay added. “We don’t want to put any limits on what might happen, because it may stop something wonderful from happening.”
Here’s hoping that LaBeouf’s great American road trip is nothing but smooth sailing (and hilarious YouTube videos). That being said, it will also be exciting to see just what the off-beat actor has up his sleeve next.
Source: Vanity Fair