Shia LaBeouf Dropped Acid To Understand Role
After recently revealing that he was prepared to have real sex in Lars von Trier’s explicit film “Nymphomaniac,” Shia LaBeouf is now admitting that he took a real acid trip to prepare for a scene in another upcoming film.
The “Transformers” star — who is currently on a break from big-budget movies to focus his career on independent film projects — tells USA Today that he used acid on the set of “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” to better grasp his character, who gets high on the psychedelic drug.
“There’s a way to do an acid trip like ‘Harold & Kumar,’ and there’s a way to be on acid,” LaBeouf said. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in ‘Dead Man Walking.’ These are the guys that I look up to.”
In “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” — which co-stars Evan Rachel Wood, Rupert Grint, Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger — LaBeouf portrays a young man who falls for a woman who’s claimed by a violent crime boss.
Speaking recently about the requirement to have sex for real in “Nymphomaniac,” LaBeouf explained, “It’s going to be a wild movie. There’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”