James Franco Has “Empathetic View” of Shia LaBeouf’s Questionable Behavior

Posted Thursday February 20, 2014 10:35 AM GMT

He’s no stranger to the pressures of fame, and James Franco has a special place in his heart for Shia LaBeouf, regardless of his penchant for strange antics.

The “Spring Breakers” stud wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times in which he dissected the possible causes for the “Constantine” hunk’s curious tendencies.

Franco noted, “The wisdom of some of [Labeouf's] actions may seem questionable… as an actor and artist I’m inclined to take an empathetic view of his conduct."

Furthermore, James stated that LaBeouf’s brown bag stunt and #IAMSORRY performance art exhibit "could be signs of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness."

“I hope it is nothing serious… 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… Any artist can experience distance between the true self and his public persona. Because film actors typically experience fame in greater measures, their personas can feel at the mercy of forces far beyond our control."

"Our rebellion against the hand that feeds us can instigate a frenzy of commentary that sets in motion a feedback loop: acting out, followed by negative publicity, followed by acting out in response to that publicity, followed by more publicity, and so on,” added Franco.

"Participating in this call and response is a kind of critique, a way to show up the media by allowing their oversize responses to essentially trivial actions to reveal the emptiness of their raison d'être. This game of peek-a-boo can be very addictive."

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