Shia LaBeouf on Choking His Director While on Acid, Feuding With Alec Baldwin
"I was like, 'We can't break for lunch, I'm on f—ing drugs,' " he says
Shia LaBeouf is shedding light on his contentious relationships with a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Alec Baldwin, with whom he publicly feuded recently.
LaBeouf, who was in rehearsals with Baldwin for three weeks in early 2013 for the Broadway play Orphans until their tensions led to LaBeouf being replaced by Ben Foster, told Interview that he butted heads with Baldwin during rehearsals because he was so invested in his character. "My whole goal was to intimidate the f— out of Baldwin," he said, adding that he wanted Baldwin "to be scared."
This led to LaBeouf actually following Baldwin home for a month after he left the production. "I was trying to take my mind off the play, but I couldn't do it," LaBeouf said. "So I would follow him from rehearsal to his home. I needed to have closure." LaBeouf added that the two have since made peace, and he was even brought to tears by an emotional email that Baldwin sent following LaBeouf's court date for his Cabaret outburst.
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The 28-year-old actor stars opposite Brad Pitt in the war film Fury and developed a strong bond with that film's director, David Ayer, which he said he hasn't felt with previous directors. Among those directors was Fredrik Bond, who directed him in 2013's Charlie Countryman. LaBeouf notoriously took LSD during the filming of Countryman, which led to Bond almost abandoning the project.
"He wanted to break for lunch while I was tripping on drugs. I was like, 'We can't break for lunch, I'm on f—ing drugs,' " LaBeouf told Interview. "Right after that acid trip, I was choking [Bond] — my trainer had to pull me off him." LaBeouf said that he felt the need to do drugs during the shoot because of a "lack of control caused by irrational commitment."
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LaBeouf also didn't develop a close relationship with Oliver Stone, his director on 2010's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. "I think he felt that I was an imbecile and talked down to me the whole time, so that I looked up to him like a scholar," LaBeouf said. He added that he respects Stone but called him a "manipulator" who made him "feel so stupid."
On the controversy surrounding his plagiarizing Daniel Clowes' comic for a short film, LaBeouf said he borrowed from Clowes because of "a fear of my own ideas."