Shia LaBeouf drops acid for movie role

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Shia LaBeouf is such a serious actor! The "Transformers" star is willing to go to extremes for his craft, including dropping acid. In a new USA Today profile , LaBeouf reveals he set aside a day for a real acid trip to play scenes where his character in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is on acid. "There's a way to do an acid trip like 'Harold & Kumar,' and there's a way to be on acid," LaBeouf says. "What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that (electric) chair in 'Dead Man Walking.' These are the guys that I look up to."

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LaBeouf also hit the bottle pretty hard to play a hard-boozing bootlegger in the Prohibition-era crime drama "Lawless," which hits theaters Wednesday. He drank real moonshine, even though he gave up alcohol years ago after he was involved in a bar fight and a car wreck. "My drinking on this movie was as undestructive as I could possibly make it, if that makes sense,” he tells the New York Post. "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 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." He adds that, "Moonshine is different than liquor. Moonshine is closer to heroin."

Um, OK. LaBeouf's next movie isn't about a drug addict or a drunk. It's called "The Nymphomaniac." And the 2013 Lars von Trier film sounds perfect for the 26-year-old because it reportedly requires actors willing to engage in real sex. Not surprisingly, LaBeouf says he will sacrifice himself for his work.

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