Shia LaBeouf’s Serious Actor Transformation Continues With Acid, Moonshine

Yesterday was talk-about-famous-penises day here at BlackBook, courtesy of a certain nude British monarch (fine, I suppose for SEO purposes, it was naked Prince Harry), Ryan Lochte and Shia LaBeouf, and we hope you all enjoyed it, despite the slightly disappointing (for someone, anyway) news that LaBeouf would no longer be participating in unsimulated sex acts in Lars Von Trier’s upcoming film, The Nymphomaniac. There will still be real actors doing real sexy things, of course, but they will just be body doubles—so if your penis looks anything like Shia LaBeouf’s, you may be able to land a role in the next Lars Von Trier movie (there’s a certain NSFW Sigur Ros video where you can compare and contrast).

LaBeouf, who has been very vocal about seeking new acting horizons in the wake of his appearances in the successful Transformers series, isn’t just up for getting naked for Icelandic pop bands and/or Lars Von Trier. Citing Sean Penn’s electric-chair experiences preparing for Dead Man Walking as a point of admiration, LaBeouf has embraced not full method-acting, but a similar approach. For the upcoming John Hillcoat-directed “Goodfellas in the woods” Lawless, in which he plays a young bootlegger sharing the screen with Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain, he actually got drunk on moonshine. For The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, another mob tale in which he stars alongside Sundance favorite Mads Mikkelsen, he took a day to trip on acid to mimic his character’s experiences.

"Sometimes, it does get real," LaBeouf told USA Today of his hallucinogenic-augmented experience. "Too real for a (director) who’s trying to keep a diplomatic set." Not the sort of thing you can replicated with a body double, eh?