Shia LaBeouf confirms acid use for role

Last year, rumors surfaced that Shia LaBeouf, 26, would actually drop acid for his role in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. The actor is currently at the Sundance Film Festival with his co-star, Evan Rachel Wood, promoting the film. During an interview with MTV News, the Transformers star confirmed the rumors, explaining, “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.” Shia plays Charlie Countryman, an average guy who falls for a beautiful girl and gets caught up in a whirlwind of trouble. While many view this as both irresponsible and extremely dangerous, the actor says the trick is to take it to the point where it’s helpful, and not menacing. “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.” ~Brittnee Fleming


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  1. Snepts • January 24, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

    He’s dedicated.

  2. Nobody Important • January 24, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

    Great role model, too.

  3. Jackson • January 24, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

    He’s insane. He’ll do anything you ask him to do, no matter how degrading.

  4. tabbatha • January 24, 2013 @ 12:42 PM


  5. Navycross • January 24, 2013 @ 1:11 PM

    You are paid to act, hence the term “actor”. If you need to be stoned, high or drunk to play one in a movie, you are most certainly not an actor. The film needed someone sane and competent to do the job that they were hired to do. You my good man, are anything but competent or talented. Such a shame.

  6. paul • January 24, 2013 @ 1:29 PM

    No matter how little LSD you do the result is the same your wasted, but he must have found that out.
    I wonder if it worked for him? LSD has being taken in films before, The Trip,Apocalypse Now,possibly Easy Rider.

  7. C-Dub • January 24, 2013 @ 2:11 PM

    I can see his life spiraling downward with addictions and bad films pretty soon. Write this down.

  8. LH • January 24, 2013 @ 3:35 PM

    He must really like his role.

  9. Julian • January 24, 2013 @ 4:50 PM

    I think his approach crosses the line. A good actor/actress, even if they are method actors, are able to portray a character without having to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol for a role. Shia’s approach isn’t acting, it’s chemically influenced behavior, which in itself is just unnecessary. People who do this try to advertise it as an “authentic experience/performance”, but it’s not acting at that point; they become the character who they are trying to portray rather than embody someone else through an elite level of focus, concentration, and expression. Maybe I’m just splitting hairs but that’s my opinion.

  10. LuvMyVamps! • January 24, 2013 @ 4:54 PM

    Three words. Puppet on strings!

  11. Ben • January 24, 2013 @ 5:52 PM

    Wow. The people commenting on this thread are idiots.

  12. j • January 24, 2013 @ 7:38 PM

    just another day in his life then

  13. Justin • January 24, 2013 @ 8:01 PM

    Yes..yes they are idiots. Just Clueless.

  14. j • January 24, 2013 @ 8:50 PM

    i guess your calling yourselves idiots then just for commenting

  15. Marq • January 24, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

    Many of the people commenting on this website are not idiots, but they are pretty ignorant. There is a difference. I can guarantee you that all of them who commented on LSD being “dangerous” or “addictive” haven’t a clue what they are speaking about, because it is neither. No one has ever died of an LSD overdose. All the stories of “flashbacks” and people jumping out of windows are extremely exaggerated. The actor was much safer to himself and the others he was working with than had he gotten drunk to do a scene, and please don’t tell me actors don’t get drunk to play drunks. I guess Richard Burton and Liz Taylor were both bad actors. The list of famous, Academy Award actors who have used illegal or legal drugs on set to assist them in portraying a certain state of mind is vast, whether it is pot, downers, uppers, alcohol, coffee, or yes, acid. I would trust a performance of someone supposed to be on acid by an actor who knew the drug over someone thinking they did from reading about it.

    I’ve worked as a drug counselor and I have tried many of the drugs my clients also took, so I could better understand the emotional, physical and mental states they induce, so I could speak with my clients with some authority. It did not make me “dangerous” or “insane” or “addicted”. I don’t smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol anymore. I have never been addicted to any of the drugs I used.

    LSD is not habit forming, or addictive. In fact, if you take it too often, it just doesn’t have an effect, because it works with the brain and body chemistry. Whether it made Shia LaBeouf a better actor on set or not is for him and his director to decide (and the viewing public) but it certainly wasn’t dangerous for anyone, and obviously he was able to do the scenes and remember his lines, which I have to give him credit for, because it probably wasn’t easy in that mental state.

    Some of the greatest art and writing has been influenced by hallucinogenic experiences. I’m not trying to encourage anyone to try hallucinogens, but if one decides to experience them, one should be with a good guide or a professional when doing so for the first couple of times. Like most things that take a bit of skill, best to use training wheels before going off on your own.

  16. NoT ReQUiRED • January 24, 2013 @ 11:55 PM

    im an idiot for making this comment… 🙂

  17. Joe • January 25, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

    More actors have been taking risks and it’s quite enjoyable to see.

  18. Jackson • January 25, 2013 @ 4:23 PM

    So what’s your point, Marq? You’re a drug counsellor who’s advocating the use of drugs? You’re telling people to take LSD because it’s not addictive according to you? You’re saying start small with drugs (training wheels) and work up from there? Who do you work for, exactly? I’m guessing it’s the government, only they would fund this kind of idiocy.

  19. Marq • January 25, 2013 @ 11:59 PM


    You may need to reread what I wrote, because your comments are an odd spin. I do not and have never worked for “the government” (that’s apparently your axe to grind). I’m saying that LSD is NOT addictive, nor is it a “gateway” drug and scientific evidence proves that (try doing some research from scientific information as opposed to wherever you may be getting your information from). In spite of how you read it, what I WROTE was: ” I’m not trying to encourage anyone to try hallucinogens…”. However, I do believe it would be better judgement for anyone considering such use for a first time to do so in a safe and knowledgeable environment. (That’s just good sense to encourage risk reduction.)

    You are exactly the people I was speaking of who speak out of complete ignorance, and knee-jerk responses to things you very likely know very little or nothing about.

    By the way, there have been several carefully controlled studies which have shown that LSD used in a therapeutic environment is effective in resolving numerous addictions, including alcohol, narcotics, gambling, and even some repeated criminal activities. Before you are so quick to judge my intent, do some more reading from qualified sources. It has also been used by numerous religious leaders in their quest for religious experiences, and in aiding those with deep seated fears to assist them to overcome them.

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