In a recent interview with MTV, actor Shia LaBeouf admitted to experiencing his first acid trip as "research" for his role in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival indie flick ""The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman." Although initially scared because he'd never dropped acid before, LaBeouf wanted to fully immerse himself into the character of Charlie Countryman, a young man who falls in love with a "dangerous" woman and at one point in the film experiments with hallucinogenic drugs. LaBeouf videotaped himself experiencing the acid trip, and sent the footage over to costar Evan Rachel Wood to get her feedback on his authentic drugged-up performance.
LaBeouf recently revealed to MTV, "I'd never done acid before. I remember sending Evan tapes. I remember trying to conjure this and sending tapes. And Evan being like 'That's good, but that's not but, that is.' You reach out to friends and gauge where you're at. I was sending tapes around and I'd get 50 percents from people and that just starts creeping me out. I was getting really nervous toward the end. Not because I wanted to be on drugs - I'm not trying to mess with the set or anything like that. It's really just fear that propels people."
"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," an action/comedy/romance film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2013, follows the trials of young Charlie Countryman (LeBeouf) who heads off to Romania after the death of his mother (Melissa Leo). He falls in love with a girl named Gabi Banyai (Wood), who is married to a violent and mentally unstable crime boss (Mads Mikkelsen as Nigel). In order to save the girl of his dreams, Countryman eventually realizes that he must sacrifice his own life in the end.
Check out the full MTV interview below, where LaBeouf delves into more details about his unique acting techniques and how he looks up to Wood as a talented and knowledgeable actress.