June 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM ET
Yes, that's Shia LaBeouf. And yes, he's completely naked.
The "Transformers" actor stars in an eight-minute video for Icelandic band Sigur Rós’ new music video, “Fjogur Piano,” baring his soul and genitalia for the world.
The video is set to an instrumental piano piece, and begins with a rude awakening for LaBeouf and his female counterpart, played by Denna Thomsen, both of whom are stripped down under the sheets, and covered in strange paint marks and dead butterflies.
After rising from the bed, they throw on a few articles of clothing, and partake in an intimate and suggestive interpretive dance. Later, the duo gets sucked underwater in a car with two men and some glowing lollipops, then engage in a violent fight, in which LaBeouf slams his fist into a mirror.
So pretty much your basic day at the office.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the video, directed by filmmaker Alma Har’el, was prompted by Sigur Rós’ “Mystery Film Experiment” series, a project in which a dozen filmmakers were enlisted to select a song from the band’s new album, “Valtari,” and shoot a video with a $10,000 budget and zero instructions.
“The things you can’t say in words are best said in dance,” Har’el, an Israeli filmmaker, told WSJ, describing the storyline as being “about addiction to drugs, or sex, or anything–and how you get stuck in a cycle.”
As for her artistic direction behind the nudity, Har’el says it was spontaneous.
“That’s the difference between working within a corporate system and something that artistically takes you places you wouldn’t expect,” she explains. “To me, it’s erotic, but it’s not selling anything.”
"Valtari” is the band's sixth studio album and was released May 29 on XL Recordings.
You can watch the video here; obviously, it contains nudity.
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