Shia LaBeouf has been gaining a lot of media attention lately for his unusual antics, including “accidentally” plagiarizing a graphic novel to make a short film and subsequently appearing on the red carpet with a bag over his head. But no one can say Shia LaBeouf isn’t committed to his craft. A recent interview with co-star Logan Lerman revealed just how devoted LaBeouf is to acting, to the point that he carved up his own face with a knife to make his wounds look real for the war film Fury.
According to Yahoo News, Lerman spoke to the British edition of GQ about Shia’s bizarre method acting tactics, which included continuously taking a blade to his face to ensure the cuts looked more authentic that the special effects makeup.
“We were in make-up and they were putting cuts on Shia and I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, it looks good.’ And Shia was like, ‘No, it doesn’t look real,'” said Lerman. “Then he walks out into the hallway and says, ‘Hey man, wanna see something fun? Check this out…’ and he takes out a knife and cuts his face. And for the whole movie he kept opening these cuts on his face. That’s all real.”
According to The Guardian, Shia LaBeouf took it one step further than that. Shia also had his dentist remove one of his permanent front teeth, to make it look like he had legitimately lost a tooth in combat.
“I mean, [Shia] didn’t do it himself,” Logan said, “he did go to a dentist and asked them to pull his tooth out but yeah, what an odd request.”
In addition, Shia also stopped bathing and learned how to drive a real tank to fully immerse himself into the soldier character. LaBeouf tweeted a picture of himself as his character from Fury, Boyd “Bible” Swan.
According to The Daily Mail, Shia LaBeouf has also been spotted staying in character as Boyd Swan off the set of Fury, wearing battle fatigues in public. On three separate occasions, LaBeouf was seen shopping and in parking lots wearing his costume from Fury well before the World War II drama had begun filming.
Brad Pitt praised Shia LaBeouf for his method acting in the same GQ feature.
“Oh, I love this boy. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen. He’s full-on commitment, man. He’s living it like no one else, let me tell you.”
While filming Fury, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf took part in some cooperative berating of co-star Scott Eastwood for chewing tobacco on the set.
What do you think of Shia LaBeouf? Does Shia go overboard with the method acting?
To see Shia LaBeouf’s self-inflicted injuries, check out Fury when it hits theaters on October 17.