LaBeouf does drugs for film but not sex
Shia LaBeouf admitted taking LSD and drinking moonshine to get into his roles for two films, taking LSD for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and drinking moonshine for Lawless, and while that's great and makes a great story about the blockbuster kid turned method actor it's surprising to learn that he won't take his method acting into for The Nymphomaniac.
While it's both great news and great publicity that LaBeouf is getting into method acting while his roles become more diverse, meaty and independent, it's also rather strange that his method acting won't extend into nudity and sex.
I could understand why of course, after all Lars von Trier's film The Nymphomaniac will feature actual sex scenes filmed for real and that could prove daunting, definitely a career mark both good and bad and is quite a leap, but for an actor prepared to take LSD and drink moonshine, albeit modern and much safer moonshine, it doesn't seem that far a stretch.
While talking to USA Today through The Guardian he revealed that he wanted to do a realistic scene for his character who takes LSD for the film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, so he actually took LSD:
"There's a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there's a way to be on acid...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."
So I can understand that if you'd never experienced LSD that taking some would allow you to understand what it really is to take it allowing you to convince the members of the audience who have actually taken LSD.
Still it's a Schedule 1 substance in the U.S. and a Class A drug in the UK, which means it's illegal and is deemed to be rather bad for you. Modern moonshine isn't that bad but back in the day, the period that the film Lawless is set, moonshine was deemed rather dangerous too.
So considering how far he will go for his films, breaking the law and taking dangerous substances, he's not so keen on having sex, after all that's not as bad as taking LSD...is it?
"There are rules...I have ethics, I'm not completely out of my mind. But I don't think there's anything wrong with sex. Sex is beautiful if it's done right. And I wouldn't just do it for no reason. Sex is different than love, and there is a separation, and that middle gap is what the movie's about."
Those ethics clearly don't involve breaking the law and purchasing and taking illegal drugs which could have a dangerous affect on you. Sex though, well that's the most natural thing in the world and if you've seen the opening of Antichrist (Filmstalker review) (I am not referring to the rest of the film here) then it can be filmed beautifully and just as naturally.
I do take his point though and I can totally understand it, he is considering his girlfriend's feelings here. It's alright for him to pretend to be doing all sorts of things with another woman, but having sex with them on screen is different, even though he does believe sex is different to love.
So illegal acts and drugs are in but sex is out. It's a strange world isn't it where sex is considered more of a taboo than taking LSD. When an actor admits to taking the drug there's much less of an uproar as there is in seeing a couple having sex for real. Strange that isn't it?
The comments from LaBeouf aren't totally clear but the article does suggest that since von Trier has asked for photos of his actors' nether regions that he's looking to cast body doubles and not ask actors to actually have sex, well the ones that aren't willing anyway.