Shia LaBeouf Reveals His “Suicidal” Acting Technique

September 8, 2015

Shia LaBeouf is amazing critics for his new movie “Man Down“.

Shia LaBeouf reveals his acting process and he calls it “suicidal”

When we first posted casting calls for Shia LaBeouf’s new movie Man Down, we had no idea that it would be a Oscar contender. The new movie starring Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara is being praised as one of Shia LaBeouf’s best acting performances in recent history.

In Shia LaBeouf’s new movie Man Down, the actor plays a U.S. Marine, Gabriel Drummer, discharged after making a huge mistake in Afghanistan causing him to suffer with PTSD. Gary Oldman plays a military psychiatrist who helps him to unravel what went wrong. After returning to the U.S., he finds his country is essentially destroyed and he must find his wife and son in the middle of all the chaos erupting in the streets of America.

 

Man Down was directed by Dito Montiel and the two filmmakers have worked together in the past. 10 years ago they filmed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and LaBeouf has nothing but good things to say about working with the director. Shia LaBeouf told reporters during the Venice Film Festival the following:

“We worked together 10 years ago, and that was my favorite thing that I had ever personally worked on in my life up until this film. He’s a great support structure and system. He knows how I work. He knows which buttons to push.”

“This script landed on his lap at just the right time, and he came to my house when I was at a really low place and offered it to me like therapy, like, ‘Here’s a healing process where we can jump into together and get well,’ ” said LaBeouf. “It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, jump on this job,’ or ‘Jump into this movie.’ It felt like we were going to grow up.”

“This is definitely the most difficult thing I’ve ever worked on, emotionally, with anyone, which is why I had to do it with him,” he continued. “I needed a friend — otherwise, you can’t get this vulnerable.”

 

But Shia LaBeouf had nothing but good things to say about Gary Oldman his co-star.

“In my opinion, he’s the greatest actor alive,” said LaBeouf of his co-star Oldman, after working with him on Lawless. “He’s my hero. I love him. I’ll do anything he tells me. I follow him around like a weirdo. He’s kind of distant and murky, like a superhero figure. One of the greatest moments of my life was being in a room with him.”

 

Critics have praised Shia LaBeouf for his acting in the movie. According to reports, LaBeouf took the role to a new level by expressing a huge range of emotions for the part. When he was asked how he was able to explore the darker elements of the movie he said, “Suicidal. You try your hardest, you know? You jump onto some other train of thought, or some other passion, or fall in love with another creative process and sort of find yourself somewhere else.”

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