It’s been a well-publicized time of change for “Transformers” star Shia LeBeouf. The former child star has sworn off big budget blockbusters for independent films, saying that Hollywood studios “give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your a – – and chase you around for five months” to get the movie they want. Since then LeBeouf has gone full frontal for a Sigur Ros music video, and he also indicated that Lars Von Trier’s upcoming movie “Nymphomaniac,” which he has a role in, will feature actors having sex for real. When asked if he would have un-simulated sex Von Trier’s movie, LeBeouf replied that he is game.
But one role that is giving LeBeouf increased attention is in the upcoming mob movie “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” which has his character going on an acid trip. To better relate to his character, LeBeouf said he took LSD to prepare.
“There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” says LaBeouf. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that chair in ‘Dead Man Walking.’ These are the guys that I look up to.”
Another role the actor did some experimentation for is the upcoming “Lawless” in which he co-stars with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain. One scene has LeBeouf’s character of Jack Bondurant getting drunk on moonshine liquor, and he ended up doing the same and let the drunken effects play out onscreen. The movie’s director John Hillcoat, who described it as being “’Goodfellas’ in the woods,” has described LeBeouf’s preparation as being “not quite Method acting, but Method-like.”
LaBeouf’s preparation, however, has gotten him into some hot water at times. It was reported that Wasikowska, who plays his love interest in “Lawless,” became “so appalled” by his drunken behavior that she at one point tried to quit the movie over it.
With movies like “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and the “Transformers” movies, Shia LaBeouf has achieved a huge level of success most actors his age would envy, but that same success has also produced a lot of unrestrained jealousy. Audiences and critics appear to have a hard time taking him seriously as an actor, and it still looks like he has a long way to go in proving to them that he is the real deal.
His commitment to his work as an actor however is no fluke, and we hope LeBeouf doesn’t kill himself in the process of becoming the characters he plays. When you look at his resume as a whole, he’s a better actor than many bother giving him credit for.