Remember when Shia LaBeouf was just that awkward kid with the great grin on the Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens”?
Those days are gone.
Since reaching adulthood, LaBeouf hasn’t exactly had a squeaky-clean image in the media. In 2007, he was arrested for criminal trespassing in a Walgreens after he refused to leave. In 2008, he was busted for drunk driving after getting into an accident that crushed his hand. That same year, his relationship with Steven Spielberg was fractured when LaBeouf trashed their “Indiana Jones” sequel in the press. On two separate occasions in 2011, LaBeouf was tossed out of bars for drunkenly fighting with other patrons. He appeared fully (like, fully) nude in the music video for Sigur Ros’ “Fj�gur p�an�.”
After flying under the radar for a while, LaBeouf is back on the press circuit promoting his upcoming film “Lawless.” And once again, he’s… well, he’s kind of freaking us out.
First of all, after all those run-ins with the law, LaBeouf gave up drinking — except, he said, on the set of the film, in which he plays a moonshine drinker in the Prohibition era. Instead of doing what most actors do and acting drunk, LaBeouf fell off the wagon, getting drunk for real at work. “My drinking on this movie was as undestructive as I could possibly make it, if that makes sense,” he told NY Mag. “I did it for the movie. I didn’t drink off set for no reason. I did it because, when I showed up on set the next day, my [bleep]ing eyes looked like this and my face… had that drunk bloat that I needed, that I couldn’t have if that wasn’t going on. Moonshine is different than liquor. Moonshine is closer to heroin.”
Not to state the obvious, but… couldn’t a make-up artist have helped him out with that drunk look?
Unfortunately, he says that his attempts to keep his drinking “undestructive” failed, because his drunk, aggressive behavior alarmed his costar Mia Wasikowska so much she wanted to leave the film. “She was calling her attorney, like, ‘Get me the f*** out of here,'” he admits. “Mia was ready to walk away from the movie. I was really pretty aggressive about it, and not in any kind of weird, strange way, but I don’t think she had ever experienced anything like that.”
Obviously, a movie set is different from your normal 9-5 workplace, but we’re a little surprised that LaBeouf is bragging to the press about disturbing a female coworker to this degree. Regardless of where you work, your colleagues shouldn’t make you feel unsafe, and method acting is a pretty flimsy excuse for workplace harassment if you ask us.
LaBeouf’s upcoming project can be added to the list of his bizarre behavior. LaBeouf will star in Lars von Trier‘s “Nymphomaniac,” a two-part film about a woman’s sexual misadventures. Charlotte Gainsbourg will play the lead role.
Here’s the clincher: LaBeouf’s sex scenes in the film won’t be simulated or choreographed. They’ll be real sex scenes on camera. “It is what you think it is,” LaBeouf tells MTV. “It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For
instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically
says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in
blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
Two versions of the film will be released, one more explicit than the other.
So where does one draw the line between art and porn? And is LaBeouf, who is famously and admittedly volatile on set, really the right person to walk that line?