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Shia LaBeouf Says Celebrities Are 'Enslaved Bodies' In Variety Interview

Shia LaBeouf, who proclaimed he was retiring from public life last year, is continuing to spread his brand of wisdom.

The former 'Transformers' stars tells the magazine that he loves being an artist but hates being famous.

"Performance art tightens the space of relations and allows me to work in real time, as opposed to only synthetic time."

"It liberated me from the old constraints of genre and taxonomic systems," he says, referring to dramas or thrillers.

"The craft of acting for film is terribly exclusive and comes with the baggage of celebrity, which robs you of your individuality and separates you."

"As a celebrity, I am not an individual -- I am a spectacular representation of a living human being, the opposite of an individual. The enemy of the individual, in myself as well as in others."

"The requirements to being a celebrity are namely, you must become an enslaved body," LaBeouf says.

"Just flesh -- a commodity, and renounce all autonomous qualities in order to identify with the general law of obedience to the course of things."

"The star is a byproduct of the machine age, a relic of modernist ideals. It's outmoded."

"I started acting as a child. It has been a long time since I've known another way."

LaBeouf is making the rounds to promote 'LoveTrue', an experimental drama he executive produced that merges fiction and documentary.

April 17, 2015 |

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