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Shia LaBeouf's acid trip confession has surprised fans and moviegoers, as the actor recently admitted to dropping acid in preparation for his newest role.
LaBeouf was interviewed at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 in Utah about his role in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," which stars LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood.
During an interview with MTV News, LaBeouf was questioned about a reputation he's picked up for having a more "instinctual, gut-level" approach to taking on his roles: "I'm just scared, you know what I mean? That's what propels things like that. Being nervous that you're not going to get it right, that it's not going to be honest. You subject yourself to things; you can't choose your thoughts, you can't choose your feelings, but you can influence them. And I try to influence myself as much as possible."
The film centers around Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf), a wandering man who travels to Eastern Europe with no plans. Countryman ends up pursuing an equally lost soul named Gabi (Wood), a mysterious Romanian woman unable to shake her dark, violent past. The film is directed by Swedish director, Fredrik Bond.
In the interview with MTV, LaBeouf revealed that his character in the movie drops acid (LSD), and that to help him play the part he also did the same. The revelation has shocked some fans who have commented on blogs that the move seemed high risk and a little reckless. However, LaBeouf has said, "You root for it. You don't show up [on set] completely wasted or completely tripping on acid, but you're rooting for something and you're pushing towards it. Everyone's got their own way."
In a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly, LaBeouf also revealed details of his next project, Lars Von Trier's "The Nymphomaniac."
"There's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says, 'We're doing it for real,'" LaBeouf told EW last summer. "Anything that is 'illegal' will be shot in blurred images. But other than that, everything is happening ... It's going to be a wild movie, man."
Here is a video report on LaBeouf's admission: