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In an interview with USA Today, LaBeouf, 26, reveals he went all Daniel Day-Lewis to prepare for a key acid-dropping scene in his upcoming crime comedy The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, now in postproduction.
“There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” says LaBeouf. “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.”
LaBeouf says he was high one day on the set of Charlie Countryman, directed by Fredrik Bond and slated to be released at Sundance next year. The film also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint and Evan Rachel Wood.
“Sometimes, it does get real,” he admits. “Too real for a (director) who’s trying to keep a diplomatic set.”
As THR previously reported, LaBeouf, the ex-child star known for his roles in the Transformers movies and the latest Indiana Jones installment has traded standard studio fare for indie films.
“I’m done,” he declared. “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he’s f—ed. There’s no way for him to exist in that world.”
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