Whether it's Christian Bale gaining (and then drastically losing) weight, or Jared Leto getting a bit too carried away with his method approach to playing the Joker, some actors really do go the extra mile to transform into their characters.
And if you're Shia LaBeouf, that includes getting a massive tattoo on your chest.
"He’s one of the best actors I’ve worked with, and he’s the most committed to body and soul," said Ayer.
"He had a tooth pulled on Fury, and then on Tax Collector, he got his whole chest tattooed. So he kind of goes all in, and I’ve never known anyone that committed."
In the new movie, LaBeouf plays Creeper, a 'tax collector' for a crime lord known as Wizard. The actor now has the word 'Creeper' permanently inked along his abdomen, with the rest of the design taking up his entire chest.
As Ayer mentioned, LaBeouf previously had one of his teeth pulled out for the Brad Pitt movie Fury. He also cut his face and kept reopening the wound because he didn't think the make-up was realistic enough.
Co-star Logan Lerman told British GQ: "We were in make-up and they were putting cuts on Shia and I said, 'Yeah, yeah, it looks good.' And Shia was like, 'No, it doesn't look real.'
"Then he walks out into the hallway and says, 'Hey man, wanna see something fun? Check this out...' and he takes out a knife and cuts his face. And for the whole movie he kept opening these cuts on his face. That's all real."
On LaBeouf having a tooth removed, Lerman added: "I mean, he didn't do it himself, he did go to a dentist and asked them to pull his tooth out but yeah, what an odd request."
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