Saturday 25 November 2017

Man asks Shia LaBoeuf to punch him during lift stunt but he 'slaps' him instead after he's called a 'p****'

Shia LaBoeuf occupies a lift at Oxford University where one man asked him to punch him in the face for an art project.
Shia LaBoeuf occupies a lift at Oxford University where one man asked him to punch him in the face for an art project.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Hollywood star Shia LaBoeuf allegedly slapped a man during his 24 hour lift stunt at Oxford University.

The stunt is a performance art project which was being streamed live on YouTube until 9am Saturday morning.

The 29-year-old actor was joined by friends and collaborators Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner as well as visitors who queued for hours to spend time inside.

One man, who described himself as a performance artist, reportedly asked LaBoeuf to punch him in the face as part of his act.

However, the Hollywood star was reluctant, "Ah man you want me to punch you in the face?” he said, before adding: “I don’t want to punch you very hard”.

Eventually he reportedly agreed to slap the man after he was labelled a "p****".

The occupants of the lift can be heard laughing at an audible slap, but the hit itself was not seen as the elevator doors were closed.

A statement from Oxford's Union said the trio were permitted to leave the elevator when nature calls and at 8pm to deliver a speech to the Oxford Union.

The project, called #ELEVATE, was the brainchild of the president of the union who had seen LaBoeuf's art piece in Liverpool last year in which he set up his own call centre.

According to the BBC LaBeouf said: “Stuart the president said, ‘Do you want to stand in the same spot as Malcolm X?’ Who [...] am I to argue with that?”

Reports say that during the "enforced act of intimacy" the actor was asked a range of questions including “what’s your favourite Saturday?” and has played a game of “snog, marry, avoid”.

The Transformers actor has been involved in a number of live art installations, most notably in 2014 when he wore a bag over his head with the message "I am not famous any more" written on it.

During the piece, called #IAMSORRY, LaBeouf sat in a room in a Los Angeles art gallery where members of the public were allowed to interact with him.

He also took part in a live stream of him watching all of his own movies back to back.

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