In the latest installment of Shia LaBeouf‘s ongoing (and highly annoying) series, “No, Seriously You Guys, I’m A Serious Artist”, Shia claims that in order to get into character for a new movie (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), he actually dropped LSD (because his character does in the film), which I’m sure didn’t end up with him curled up around a toilet throwing up while all of his ex-boyfriends screamed at him. (That may or may not be based on a true story.) Via USA Today …
On independent film sets around the world, he’s sampling character-rich, immersive experiences. If the role calls for him to be moonshine-drunk, as in Depression-era bootlegging movie Lawless (opening Wednesday), he drinks the real stuff and lets the bloated, hallucinogenic results play out on-screen. If his character is on acid, as in Mob story The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which is due for a Sundance Film Festival release in January, he sets aside a day to actually trip on it.
It’s not quite Method acting, says Lawless director John Hillcoat, but “Method-like.”
Then there’s Nymphomaniac, the Lars von Trier film LaBeouf just began shooting in Germany, which requires actors to engage in real sex (he says he’s game).
“There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” says LaBeouf, 26. “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.”
So, quick question here, what is happening on the Disney Channel that turns child stars into … well, guys who drop acid for the sake of a movie. I’m just saying, if a kid goes into the magical cotton candy kitten factory and comes out the other end an LSD-popping hippie completely disillusioned with the industry, you kind of have to figure that something seriously messed up is operating under that layer of G-rated goodness.