Oh, Shia, this is why you creep me out.
Fury co-star Logan Lerman talked about LaBeouf’s severe acting method in a recent British GQ interview.
“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’,” he said.
“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.” LaBeouf joins the rarified realm of actors who’ve cut themselves for roles: Mickey Rourke also famously nicked his face for The Wrestler.
I’m not sure where to begin with this. One, if you’re super dedicated, you don’t need to show your co-star that you’re cutting your face. You just do it. That’s a real “look at me” move. Like you’d never catch Daniel Day-Lewis telling people he was about to go crazy on a role. He’d just silently insist that PA’s carry him, push him in a wheelchair and spoon feed him on the set of My Left Foot. You know, normal stuff.
Second, Shia, you definitely ruined a script supervisor/ make-up artists/ both’s day. Movies aren’t necessarily shot in chronological order. That real, open cut on your face isn’t going to make sense two days from now when you’re filming scenes from the beginning of the movie. At which point the make-up artist needs to figure out how to cover it up. Brad Pitt might think you’re awesome, but those two people hate you.
And I hate to mention this part because it seems sort of petty, but what if Fury sucks? You just joined the very stable, reasonable ranks of Mickey Rourke, and honestly, the trailers for this movie are not that impressive. Will it be worth it if this isn’t the role of a lifetime? Granted, the cuts will heal, and people have done more long-lasting damage with extreme weight losses/gains, but it still seems … Wait, you did what?
You had a dentist remove one of your front teeth? You know, forget what I said. You’ve clearly got a handle on this.