It was only a matter of time before
In an op-ed piece for the
Franco recaps some of LaBeouf's eyebrow-raising actions, which include cribbing from graphic novelist Daniel Clowes and then apologizing with the words of others, wearing a paper bag that read "I am not famous anymore" to a red-carpet premiere at the
"This behavior," Franco writes, "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."
Franco enjoys toying with his own public persona, bouncing from mainstream films like
As he says in the op-ed, "Any artist, regardless of his field, can experience distance between his true self and his public persona."
Of LaBeouf, he adds, without any nod to some of his own critics, "I think [his] 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."