The actor tried to achieve maximum verisimilitude on the set of David Ayer’s drama by cutting his face, as well as previously-reported teeth-pulling and aversion to washing
Shia LaBeouf cut his face with a knife to effect convincing war wounds for new movie Fury, according to a co-star. Logan Lerman reveals the concerning details of LaBeouf’s extreme “method” preparation in an interview with GQ, as reported by the Press Association.
“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’,” said Logan, who appears alongside LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Jason Isaacs and Michael Pena in David Ayer’s film.”
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.”
Previous reports in January suggested LaBeouf also removed a tooth and refused to wash in order to get in character for Fury, the second world war-set story of a Sherman M4A3E8 and its five-man crew. According to the Mail on Sunday, LaBeouf’s behaviour proved so unpopular that he was installed in a bed and breakfast away from other members of cast and crew.
Logan confirmed the tooth-pulling details: “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.” His co-star also learned to drive a tank for the film.
Said Logan: “He really spent every moment on that set. He’s the guy operating the turret in every shot, even when you don’t need to be in there as an actor. You know, you can have somebody else inside. But he was there, for every shot.”
Earlier this year, LaBeouf wore a paper bag to the premiere of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac at the Berlin film festival, reacted to charges of plagiarism by hiring a skywriter and last month was arrested at at theatre in New York and charged with disorderly conduct.
This article was written by Ben Child, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 7th October 2014 08.40 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010