Oh, Shia LaBeouf. As if you needed to do any more to win our hearts after announcing that you were going to have sex 4 real in Lars von Trier’s upcoming erotic drama Nymphomaniac. Already we were so on board with the idea of New Shia LaBeouf, who isn’t afraid to be so naked in that music video. “YES!” we all thought. “This is our favorite guy! I can’t even imagine him doing anything else that I would like because I think he’s done all of it already, but to be honest it wouldn’t surprise me if he did more stuff that I liked because he is clearly on that path,” we thought. Well, get ready to be NOT SURPRISED! From USA Today:

If the role calls for him to be moonshine-drunk, as in Depression-era bootlegging movie Lawless (opening Wednesday), he drinks the real stuff and lets the bloated, hallucinogenic results play out on-screen. If his character is on acid, as in Mob story The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which is due for a Sundance Film Festival release in January, he sets aside a day to actually trip on it.

“There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” says LaBeouf, 26. “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.”

“What I know of acting, you just do the thing. Like if the script says to drink a glass of water, you don’t pretend to drink a glass of water. Right? It’s acting, not make believe. Sean Penn really wore makeup in This Must Be the Place, for instance. He wasn’t pretending to wear makeup — I mean, that might be the way some do it, but that is not what I know of acting.” Shia LaBeouf, you’re the best! Never stop actually doing the exclusively drug and sex related things that happen in your movies. I love you. You are our generation’s Greatest Actor of Our Generation. Better than Ashton Kutcher, even. Better than anyone. Never stop. (Also be careful!)

Comments (33)
  1. “If the scene has my character on a toilet, I’m going to shit in that toilet for real! I’m gonna let it fly right there in that toilet that’s not even hooked up to plumbing because we’re on a sound stage! And the crew is really gonna clean it up!”

  2. If you need to literally get drunk to play a drunk person on camera, maybe you’re just not that good of an actor.

  3. shia laBeouf has his name legally changed for every role he plays.

  4. Can’t wait to see the movie* he’s been prepping for for the last four years where he plays a pretentious fucking creeper.

    *Yes, I can.

  5. “Have you ever tried acting, dear boy?” – Laurence Olivier

  6. If only he’d been this dedicated to realism when he was filimg Constantine.

  7. When the role asks for him to grow patchy facial and pull a goofy face, you have to believe he’s gonna give that role 110%

  8. Here’s hoping he plays a character who takes a shower sometime soon.

  9. He’s already prepared for that incest role…hey why doesn’t he do an incest movie like Spanking the Monkey?

    • I am not about to google “Shia LaBoeuf incest” at work, can you please explain this reference to me? Much obliged.

      • He said his Mom was the sexiest woman alive or something and there was all this buzz about it being incesty. I don’t think he actually had sexy with her, but it was creepy.

        • I also remember like a Letterman or something interview with him where he told a whole hilarious tale about his mom’s love of skinemax movies, and it was not a comfortable feeling to watch.

  10. ain’t it about time for a brokeback mountain reboot ?

  11. I really want to comment on this post, but all of the comments that are already here are so, so perfect.

  12. Videogum is giving my Shia LaBeouf google alert a real workout.

    Now how about talking about Muse? (#monsterinsiderjoke)

  13. Well, this just means it is again time to listen to the tale of Shia Labeouf, actual cannibal.

  14. The thing that astonished me the most about the Transformers movies is that he was the least douchey thing about them.

    Make of that what you will.

  15. Man, he’s going to be a nightmare to work with for any actress doing a love scene after Nymphomaniac. Remember this when Shia LaBeouf becomes the pretentious Russell Brand story of 2013.

  16. MAN he DEFINITELY should have played daniel plainview in there will be blood. then that movie might actually have won ALL the academy awards ever and i could watch it on tbs the superstation.

  17. When Sean Penn strapped himself into that electric chair on the seat of DEAD MAN WALKING, it must have pissed Tim Robbins right off. Penn’s character is supposed to die by lethal injection.

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