Many believe that the Los Angeles, California-born actor Shia LaBeouf has flown off the deep end with his bizarre behavior at the Berlin Film Festival while promoting Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" that saw LaBeouf quoting a French soccer player at a press conference and wearing a paper bag over his head on the red carpet premiere. It's incredibly likely that his mental stability has completely crumbled under the pressure of being under the public eye at every turn or that encounter with plagiarism was a lot more severe than anyone could have ever imagined. Maybe LaBeouf's number was just the next beckoned in a constantly growing line of young actors losing their minds like Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, and whatever Charlie Sheen is considered these days.
However there is this tiny sliver of hope that Shia LaBeouf isn't teetering on the brink of insanity. Joaquin Phoenix executed something similar when he quit acting in 2010 while promoting the Casey Affleck directed documentary "I'm Still Here." Phoenix would return in 2012 as an actor presumably stronger than ever since "The Master" and "Her" are two of the best films to be released in the past two years. It's becoming increasingly difficult to catch the modern era by surprise with how connected our generation is with technology and the internet. Crude, outlandish, and mean spirited behavior are the only things that really get people talking these days. CM Punk walked out on the WWE right when it's crucial for the company to start building towards Wrestlemania; the biggest wrestling event of the year. That alone has gotten Punk more publicity and more buzz than anything he's done on television in the past two years.
The truth of the matter is as far as Shia LaBeouf is concerned the outcome of what lies ahead for him could go either way, but it's certainly gotten everyone's attention and from this side of the table it certainly seems like it's doing its intended purpose of gaining interest in anything and everything LaBeouf does now. Underneath all of that peculiar, short-tempered lunacy is a hell of a lot of talent. Here's a short list of films portraying how skilled LaBeouf can actually be.
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