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Shia LaBeouf Says He Dropped Acid While Making 'Charlie Countryman' Because He's Method Or Something

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 28, 2012 3:09 PM
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Some people drop acid just to trip balls, or if you're Roger Sterling, to keep up with your progressive, younger wife. But for Shia LaBeouf it's all about art, man, and the actor went the extra mile for his upcoming movie "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman."

Now on the surface, the film doesn't seem to lend itself to drug-taking as preparation, as it centers on young man who puts his life on the line to protect a woman from a vicious crime boss. But it appears his character does have time for an acid trip (it's set in hedonistic Europe after all), and LaBeouf made sure he knew what it was all about. "There's a way to do an acid trip like 'Harold & Kumar,' and there's a way to be on acid," he told USA Today (via Vulture). "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."

And while it's easy to be glib, if this were a more "respected" or older actor, people wouldn't bat an eye. So perhaps there is something to admire about all this, particularly with LaBeouf showing a bit more fearlessness now that he's freed from the "Transformers" franchise, whipping out his dong for a Sigur Ros video and signing up to do some hardcore sex in Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac." And it is somewhat endearing to hear him say: "If I could give the money back and get all the credibility in the world that I'm seeking, I would do it tomorrow. In a heartbeat."

Or maybe it's just an actor going a bit too far to prepare for a scene that is probably all of thirty seconds. It's not like 'Charlie Countryman' is about dropping acid (or maybe it is). And he admits it ruffled a few feathers, saying that the shoot might have been "Too real for a (director) who's trying to keep a diplomatic set."

We'll find out soon enough if that dedication to being real pays off. But as folks who see "Lawless" this week will realize, there is a very good actor in LaBeouf who hasn't really had a chance to show off his skills yet.

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9 Comments

  • Mark Gilvary | August 31, 2012 12:58 AMReply

    Mmmm??? ... Yeahhh! ?:-)

  • Alan | August 29, 2012 3:57 AMReply

    "If I could give the money back and get all the credibility in the world that I'm seeking, I would do it tomorrow. In a heartbeat." I like Shia, but this is an extremely douchey thing to say. Doesn't he know how many actors would KILL to be in his position? Doesn't he understand that the reason why he is working with the likes of Hillcoat and Von Trier is because of his position, not necessarily his talent? And the suggestion is meaningless anyway, because clearly he can't go back and change anything. And, if he somehow could change things, it would mean that he would be another struggling young actor: nothing "credible" about that, just difficult and frustrating. I think he's got talent, but when he says nonsense like this I kinda want to slap him.

  • Mikky | August 29, 2012 3:44 AMReply

    Shia is awesome! whatever people says, he act since he is like 10 so seriously with his filmography he will be consider as one of the biggest actor of all time in 40 years from now. Come on who would said "NO" to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones? And Spielberg himself put him on Transformers which he produced. He was like seventeen or something so how could he really know it wasn't gonna be a critically acclaim? i really think he didn't knew it would hurt his reputation. He has plenty of time for being recognized and appreciated, we saw many career's tour de force like Mathew Mcconaughey this year.

  • Norbert | August 29, 2012 10:34 AM

    You just called him stupid. Transformers was a Michael Bay movie. How can you expect it a Bay movie about talking toy robots will get praise?

  • Sean | August 28, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    Dear Shia. Never stop talking. Or acting.

  • rotch | August 28, 2012 6:24 PMReply

    but, Dead Man Walking featured no electric chair. Penn's character got a lethal injection. research your stuff Shia.

  • Yod | August 28, 2012 11:26 PM

    He actually didn't say electric chair, he simply said chair. Whatever, haven't you got anything better to do than break down every single word he says looking for mistakes?

  • tristan eldtritch | August 28, 2012 3:52 PMReply

    He seems to making a concerted effort to be interesting these days, which is admirable I guess. An actor dropping acid is hardly much of big deal, though. I'd sat the list of major male stars who haven't tripped balls is pretty insubstantial. Maybe Hanks - if even.

  • serpico | August 28, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    I support Shia and defend him when the haters drop their comments, but he seems to try too hard to impress. I'm sure 10 years from now he'll look back and say, "I should have just shut up and did my thing." He's a young guy, so...

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