Shia LaBeouf is a serious actor, you guys. I’m talking Sean Penn serious. So serious he’s willing to make great personal sacrifices for his craft. Sacrifices like having sex and doing drugs.
Let’s recap the sacrifices he has made. First, he drank moonshine for his role in Prohibition film Lawless, not because he’s a drunk or anything, but because he was playing one. Then he talked about how he’s going to have real sex on camera for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac, because having sex with an attractive woman other than his girlfriend is a sacrifice he’s willing to make. Now, he’s talking about how he dropped acid for real for his role in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, because:
“There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid. 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…Sometimes, it does get real. Too real for a (director) who’s trying to keep a diplomatic set.”
Here is a question for Mr. LaBeouf: doesn’t actually being on acid preclude the necessity to act like he’s on acid, i.e. the job of an actor? It’s one thing to try acid once to see what it’s like. It’s another to do it while the camera’s rolling. But if you do decide go this route, wouldn’t it be better not to tell people so they just think you’re a really good actor? People would go, “wow man, that acid trip scene was so real. How’d you do it?” and he would say “I just feel the role” or something, and everyone would go “ooooh.” But maybe that’s just me.
I also think it’s kind of a weird coincidence that all of the trying activities Shia performs for his art are things that are actually really fun. Someone should cast him as an AIDS patient and see what he does then.