Sean Penn - Shia Laboeuf Took Acid For 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'?
Shia Laboeuf has revealed that he took Lsd for his latest acting role. The Transformers star decided to emulate some of his acting heroes by going for the 'method acting' approach and took acid so that he could give an authentic performance for 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.' In an interview with Usa Today, Shia explains "There's a way to do an acid trip like Harold [and] Kumar, and there's a way to be on acid." And he chose the latter, it would seem.
To explain his motivation for going to such extremes for the sake of a movie, he referred to Sean Penn's performance in Dead Man Walking and said "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." LaBoeuf admitted, though, that it was a tough job for the film's director, Frederik Bond to control him whilst he was high on set. "Sometimes it does get real," he said. "Too real for a director who's trying to keep a diplomatic set."
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman will also star Rupert Grint, Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo, though it's unclear if any of his co-stars decided to indulge in the illicit drug with Shia or if he was tripping alone. The film is expected to debut at the Sundance Festival next month and mars a shift in Shia's career focus, away from Hollywood blockbusters and towards independent movies. "There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist," he has told The Hollywood Reporter. There's probably not much room for dropping acid on set, either.