National Post (Latest Edition) - - ARTS & LIFE - Sadaf Ah­san, Na­tional Post

Yes, Shia LaBeouf is an ac­tor. But he is also — and lest we for­get, he will al­ways re­mind us — an artiste. Not quite top­ping the all week marathon of his fil­mog­ra­phy in a movie theatre along­side fans, LaBeouf has given us a new pro­ject at which to gawk. He re­cently spent 24 hours holed up in an el­e­va­tor in­ter­act­ing with any­one who both­ered. One par­tic­u­lar fan, a stu­dent by the name of Os­car Plomer-Roberts, asked the ac­tor to punch him in the face. “I’m a per­for­mance artist,” he said, as ev­i­denced by the YouTube video of the pro­ject. “Can you help me with the com­ple­tion of my next piece by punch­ing me in the face?” LaBeouf re­sponded, “I’ll do it to my­self but I don’t like do­ing it to you, dude. I just met you.” Af­ter some hes­i­ta­tion, he com­pro­mised with a slap, which can be heard in the video. The ac­tor con­ducted the pro­ject, which he named #EL­E­VATE, with his usual col­lab­o­ra­tors, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, in an el­e­va­tor at Eng­land’s Ox­ford Univer­sity stu­dent union build­ing.

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