Shia LaBeouf dropped acid while filming “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” but not because “wanted to be on drugs,” but because he wanted to be an authentic actor.
The film — which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — tells the story of a young man (LaBeouf) who heads to Romania after the death of his mother (Melissa Leo) and subsequently falls for a dangerous young woman (Evan Rachel Wood). During one sequence, LaBeouf’s character takes hallucinogenic drug, which is what prompted the star to try it himself.
“I’d never done acid before. I remember sending Evan tapes. I remember trying to conjure this and sending tapes. And Evan being like ‘That’s good, but that’s not but, that is,'” LaBeouf told MTV. “You reach out to friends and gauge where you’re at. I was sending tapes around and I’d get 50 percents from people and that just starts creeping me out. I was getting really nervous toward the end. Not cause I wanted to be on drugs — I’m not trying to mess with the set or anything like that. It’s really just fear that propels people.”
Shia definitely has a thing for sending out video tapes of himself. He reportedly sent video tapes of himself having sex with his girlfriend to director Lars Von Trier, in order to get a role in the upcoming ‘Nympomaniac’ (it worked, he got the role). It’s been long rumored that he would be having actual sex in that movie, but costar Alexander Skarsgard recently told THR that there would be no actual sex scenes, just simulated sex with body doubles and digital effects used to replicate the acts.
I know Shia thinks all this method acting makes him a better actor (maybe it does, who knows), but what it makes me think – is that he’s very pretentious. I think if you have to talk about your “method acting” then you are too full of yourself. You never hear Sean Penn talking about his infamous method acting, he just does it. Why does Shia need to point out what he does to immerse himself in his roles – EVERY SINGLE TIME? Just shut it- and do it!
Here’s the interview from Sundance, with Evan Rachel Wood (who’s preggers!).