But did you know that Shia LaBeouf is… a cannibal?
Well, of course you didn’t know that for a fact because it’s not true.
For the sake of clarity: Shia LaBeouf does not eat people. However, a patently absurd, thoroughly random and extremely catchy song, written songwriter Rob Cantor, suggests the star of ‘Transformers’ and ‘Disturbia’ feasts on flesh has gone viral online. This is the story behind it.
According to the Washington Post,
L.A. songwriter Rob Cantor, 28, is the guy who wrote the ridiculous ditty about ‘actual cannibal Shia LaBeouf,’ who is ‘living in the woods, killing for sport and eating all the bodies’ He says he penned the track in 2011 ‘inspired by nothing but the sheer silliness of imagining Shia LaBeouf, face and clothes smeared with half-dried blood, terrorizing helpless victims in a dark wood.’
The song sat on his hard drive for some time and it wasn’t until 2012 when he produced a version of it, which Shia LeBeouf later heard and tweeted on Halloween. In 2014, Rob pitched the idea to do an entire production around it with Shia LeBeouf to his manager. [Surprisingly] they said yes.
In an interview about the video, Rob told MTV,
I looked up Shia’s manager online and sent him an email. I explained that I was a fan, pitched the video concept, and invited Shia to participate. I knew Shia had heard the song, since he tweeted it out last Halloween, but it still seemed like a crazy long shot. I sent the email nonetheless. Three days later, unexpectedly, Shia’s manager replied with a yes. I was shocked and delighted.
The idea for the video was entirely Robs, he went on to tell MTV,
‘The idea of such an absurd song in a very serious setting just seemed funny to me. Passionate choristers, interpretive dance, string quartet bowing away — all taking itself very seriously. And then the song is about Shia LaBeouf being a cannibal. I found out recently that’s called bathos — serious and absurd juxtaposed. I like bathos!’
The humor can be a little dark, but Rob Cantor’s song is a brilliant work of art that will long be remembered and possibly become legend.