Shia LaBeouf has had an interesting year to say the least. If just going by headlines involving LaBeouf, one would think he had lost his mind. The actor went on a plagiarizing bender on Twitter, was arrested at the Broadway show Cabaret, wore a paper bag over his head on the red carpet, and chased a homeless man around midtown in New York.
In an interview with Interview/em> magazine, LaBeouf admits that he actually did go a bit crazy, but it’s not what you think. According to the actor, who stars alongside Brad Pitt in the oscar hopeful film Fury, his method acting lead to his crazy escapades.
Of fighting with Alec Baldwin during the rehearsal period for Orphans, he said this was a conscious decision on his part.
“Alec and I butted heads hard. I was sleeping in the park… At the time, I was out of my mind.”
To gear up for the show, Shia prepared for his character Treat in an unorthodox way, which landed him in trouble.
“My whole goal was to intimidate the f**k out of Baldwin. That was the role. And it wasn’t going to be fake. I wanted him to be scared… So I went about doing that for three weeks of rehearsal.”
So what about his highly publicized arrest at the Broadway show Cabaret? Well, LaBeouf went on Jimmy Kimmel to explain the story in a just for laughs narrative as the actor admitted that he was in a drunken stupor at the time.
However, his narrative changed a bit for his Interview magazine feature. Of the incident, he revealed that he was researching performance art at the time, and thought he could join in on the performance of Cabaret at Studio 54.
“I was reading about performance art of the ’60s and ’70s and so I thought… we’re all involved here. It’s not just your stage. We’re all in here and we’re all part of this. I was wrong.”
Since his arrest, LaBeouf started outpatient rehab for alcoholism. In the end, LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing, and harassment in the second degree.
Shortly after LaBeouf’s Cabaret headlines made the papers, a representative for the actor said, “Shia LaBeouf has not checked into a rehabilitation facility but he is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction.”
As for Shia next film Fury, the actor continued his method streak for the role. As The Inquisitr reported, LaBeouf took a blade to his face for authentic cuts rather than going the route of traditional special effects makeup.
Will the method antics stop? Is the actor doing more harm than good? What do you think?