Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to being photographed nude and he's very much the method actor, so a naked picture on Twitter of the "Transformers" actor probably shouldn't be much of a surprise. However, the circumstances of said photo just might be -- if you didn't know LaBeouf was into method acting, as in total immersion method acting. Because the former Disney Channel actor reportedly tweeted the nude self-shot while on the set of his movie "Charlie Countryman."
If the title captured your interest (as it should have), then you might be wondering why Shia LaBeouf was allegedly doing acid. Now, although it isn't clear in the report from "Popwatch" at Entertainment Weekly (Oct. 21) whether the 27-year-old was actually doing acid on the set of the movie from whence the nude photo came, the background of the scene suggests that the character is tripping. The walls are melting, after all. Either way, tripping or simply acting like he's tripping, naked is apparently the way to experience the trip. And, besides, it's method acting.
To emphasize, LaBeouf, who is an avid online sharer of TMI, captioned his nude self photo thus: "Tune in, turn on, drop out -- #CharlieCountryman."
(If you're not familiar with the line, it is a rendition of the infamous 60s counterculture quote from noted acid-dropper Timothy Leary, "Turn on, tune in, drop out.")
But LaBeouf, according to Entertainment Weekly, admitted to dropping acid in order to prepare for his role in "Charlie Countryman," where he plays an American in Romania whose love interest is entangled with a violent gangster. We're not certain how the acid tripping fits in, either, but Shia LaBeouf is not above nudity to sell his projects -- or someone else's. And believe it or not, the film is a romantic comedy action movie.
"Charlie Countryman" made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It is set to be released in the United Kingdom in November.
He's also getting naked for another movie, "Nymphomania," where he assured fans via an MTV interview last August that all the scenes -- insinuating that even the sex scenes -- would be authentic. He said that he would do whatever was asked of him. However, according to Entertainment Weekly, director Lars von Trier later revealed in May at Cannes that body-doubles would be used for the more graphic sex scenes.
So there may have been a little exaggeration. Not that LaBeouf wouldn't have jumped right on into an actual sex scene. It's method acting, as it were.
And there's a method to all this madness (read: Twitter posting of Shia LaBeouf nude photo). Talking about a naked LaBeouf or tweeting a picture from a movie set only serves to generate a little interest in the movie(s), not to mention keeping his fans -- and Twitter followers -- entertained.
For others (such as those who've seen a few of his movies and come away unimpressed), such unbridled exhibitionism usually results in stimulating a bit of curiosity but generally runs to the viewer(s) being turned off and tuning out.
No acid required...