Charlotte Hannah
August 29, 2012

Shia LaBeouf Dropped Acid “for Film Role”

In case you hadn’t noticed, Shia LaBeouf has gotten pretty weird lately. Once the lovable jokester Louis Stevens, The Beef is now a long-haired, bearded hipster. He is also a very serious artiste.

Like any very serious artiste, LaBeouf is no longer satisfied with just being a regular actor, and has turned to method acting to help him make a very serious connection with the characters he portrays. In fact, LaBeouf revealed in an interview with USA Today that he prepared for his role in the upcoming film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman by dropping acid.

The 26-year-old actor explained that in order to accurately portray his character’s LSD trip, he decided to learn what it felt like by tripping himself.

“Sometimes, it does get real.”

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

Despite his insistence that he found a way to ‘be on acid’ (?), LaBeouf’s trip wasn’t all roses.

“Sometimes, it does get real,” the actor said with what we can only assume was a straight face. “Too real for a (director) who’s trying to keep a diplomatic set.”

We’ll just leave it at that.