Shia LaBeouf Choked ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’ Director While Tripping on Acid
Shia LaBeouf choked director Frederik Bond while he was tripping on acid during the filming of 2013 movie The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.
LaBeouf goes to extreme lengths to portray his characters, preferring the method acting techniques, and rather than act out Charlie on LSD, LaBeouf took the drug for real and ended up clashing with his director while he was high.
He tells Interview magazine, “The director and I had a really hard time making Charlie Countryman. It was a wrestle in the mud, and he had no control over me… Right after that acid trip, I was choking him – my trainer had to pull me off him. He almost walked off that movie. 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**king drugs.’ And that turned into madness. That’s what I mean by a lack of control caused by irrational commitment. I wasn’t evolved enough as a human being to be able to control my commitment. And because I was so scared of being a bad actor, there was no limit to the commitment.
“If you’re going to work in that way, you have to work with people who can referee you. You need a lion tamer who you respect. I live in a conditional liberty as an actor. I’m not ever really free if I’m doing it right. I’m not good with liberty.”
LaBeouf used the same ‘method’ approach to his character on war movie Fury by refusing to shower for months and cutting his face because he thought the fake wounds did not look real enough.