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Shia LaBeouf has done some extreme things for his roles. In his latest, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which was screened at Sundance, his character dropped acid, which he admitted to actually doing to get prepared for the role. He even sent tapes to co-star Evan Rachel Wood to make sure he was doing it right.
In an interview with MTV News, the Lawless star was asked about the experience, noting that he did so to get into the character’s head. “Also, just 'cause I'm scared,” he explained. “I've never done acid before. I remember sending Evan tapes.”
“I remember trying to conjure this and sending tapes and Evan being like, 'Yeah, that's good, but that's not, but this is, but that ain't,” he continued.
“Not like I would know about these drugs!” Wood said.
According to Extra, LaBeouf said that he never showed up on set high, though. “You don’t show up wasted...You don’t show up completely tripping on acid. But you’re rooting for something (the feel of a trip), and you’re pushing yourself toward it. Everyone’s got their own way,” he said.
LaBeouf also had plenty of compliments for his co-star. “I think Evan's just a better actress. Straight up,” he said, listing several of her other roles. “I'm not saying this to fish either! What I'm saying is there's a technique that Evan has that I don't quite know yet.... When I was 13, she was in 13. I've always been looking up to Evan.”
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman was directed by Fredrik Bond.