Last year, words ran rampant that Shia LaBeouf would actually drop acid for his role in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman". Now that the movie has been premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the "Lawless (2012)" actor did have something to say about why he decided to really drop acid for the movie.
Speaking to MTV News' Josh Horowitz when promoting the film at the Utah fest, LaBeouf explained why he did the controversial scene, "Just 'cause I'm scared. I've never done acid before. I remember sending Evan [Rachel Wood] tapes." He added, "I remember trying to conjure this and sending tapes and Evan being like, 'Yeah, that's good, but that's not, but this is, but that ain't'."
His co-star, Evan Rachel Wood who accompanied him during the interview, laughed and chimed in, "Not like I would know about these drugs!" LaBeouf added, "Not like she's the expert on set. I'm just saying you reach out to friends and you sort of gauge where you're at. So I was sending tapes around. I'd get fifty percents from people, and that starts creeping me out, and I got really nervous. Towards the end, I was like..." to which Wood concluded, "It was spot on."
The former "Transformers" series lead actor insisted that he did the scene "not because I'm wanting to be on drugs." He noted, "I'm not trying to mess with the set or anything like that. It's really just fear that propels people."
Asked if he really went drunk or a little tipsy when he shot alcohol scenes, the actor responded, "Well, you root for it. You don't show up wasted. You don't show up completely tripping on acid." He went, "But you're rooting for something and you're pushing yourself toward it. Everyone's got their own way."
LaBeouf plays titular character, Charlie Countryman, who was just a normal guy until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi, she's already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal.
Armed with little more than his wit and naive charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm's way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he's left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?
"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" was premiered at the Eccles on Monday, January 21. The movie reportedly attracted strong buzz from buyers ahead of its screening.