Sideshow: Franco puts LaBeouf on the couch

Posted: February 22, 2014

Franco diagnoses LaBeouf

Actor, writer, director, teacher, scholar, poet, and Ph.D. candidate James Franco has mastered yet another discipline: abnormal psychology. In a New York Times essay, Franco, 35, performs a masterful analysis of the recent weirdo behavior that has earned his fellow thesp Shia LaBeouf so many derisive headlines.

 Franco is concerned. "This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness," he writes. "For Mr. LaBeouf's sake I hope it is nothing serious."

Franco says he hopes Shia's antics are a form of therapeutic performance art through which "a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona."

Franco displays a keen understanding of the destructive pas de deux between celebs and gossip writers.

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

 

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