Shia LaBeouf went the extra mile to get into character for his role in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman." The actor said in a new interview that he dropped acid for the part.
LaBeouf, who is at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to promote the film, talked to MTV News with co-star Evan Rachel Wood about the experience. Video of the interview can be seen below.
The interviewer said LaBeouf tried acid because the actor wanted to "be in that headspace" since his character does acid in the film.
"Also, just 'cause I'm scared. I've never done acid before," the 26-year-old actor said. "I remember sending Evan tapes."
"I remember trying to conjure this and sending tapes," he later added, "and Evan being like, 'Yeah, that's good, but that's not, but this is, but that ain't."
Wood, who is currently pregnant with her first child, then clarified, "Not like I would know about these drugs!"
"So I was sending tapes around. I'd get 50 percents from people, and that starts creeping me out, and I got really nervous," LaBeouf went on to explain. "You root for it. You don't show up wasted. You don't show up completely tripping on acid. But you're rooting for something and you're pushing yourself toward it. Everyone's got their own way."
"Acid" and "LSD" are colloquial terms for the psychedelic drug Lysergic acid diethylamide. The drug can distort users' perceptions of reality and produce hallucinations, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" features LaBeouf as the titular character who falls in love with a Hungarian girl named Gabi (played by Wood) even though she is married to a violent crime boss. The movie also stars "Harry Potter" actor Rupert Grint, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo and "Parks and Recreation" actress Aubrey Plaza.
This is not the first time LaBeouf has experimented with his acting approach to controversial scenes. The actor also appears in the film "Nymphomaniac" and reportedly had non-simulated intercourse in the film.
The movie tells the story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who recounts her life story to a man (Stellan Skarsgard) caring for her after he found her beaten in an alley. The film is set for release in 2013.
Check out LaBeouf and Wood's MTV interview below.