Following the firestorm of pedophilia accusations over Sia’s “Elastic Heart” video, “Dance Moms” ingénue Maddie Ziegler says she was told to chomp on Shia LaBeouf’s dirty hand while filming. Read on for further details.
Sia’s controversial music video for her latest song, “Elastic Heart,” features a nearly naked Shia LaBeouf prancing around a giant cage with skimpily dressed 12-year-old ballerina,Maddie Ziegler from “Dance Moms” fame. The music video unleashed a firestorm of pedophilia accusations, and Ziegler reveals what happened while filming.
She had to bite LaBeouf’s grimy hand — hard.
— Just Jared Jr. (@justjaredjr) January 7, 2015
Not only was it a challenge for Ziegler to dance with an older man dressed in nude-colored boxer briefs who had no dance training whatsoever, it was even doubly difficult as that same older man just happened to be a method actor who took everything to heart — literally.
“Shia kept saying, ‘No, you need to hit me as a hard as you can. It’s not real until you hit me as hard as you can,’” the ballerina recalled in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
She was told, in between takes, to be more aggressive in her mock battle with the “Transformers” star, including biting him harder and slapping him harder still. This despite her complaint about being scared she might hurt him.
She even had to bite his hand as part of the script.
“I really did bite Shia, and it was gross because we were dirty and I had to bite his dirty hands,” she grimaced. “I kept wiping myself off and I kept handing the wipes to Shia and he was like, ‘I don’t need the wipes’ and I was like, ‘Yes, you do.’ I brought perfume and everything. I didn’t want to smell and he was like, ‘Oh, I’m totally fine with it. I don’t care.'”
Filming was intense during the shoot, where Ziegler revealed her role in the puzzling relationship she and LaBeouf shared in the music video.
Apparently, she played the part of a werewolf living in a cage for a year and, being the stronger one, tries to kill him.
The video was massively popular on YouTube but faced massive criticism for its pedophilic undertones, causing Sia to “apologize” on Twitter for the impression “Elastic Heart” made on the public.
I anticipated some 'pedophelia!!!' Cries for this video. All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play
— sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
Here’s that video again, for good measure:
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