Are you ready for Shia LaBeouf to be all up in your headlines again? We are entering into prime awards-bait season, and he's got a prime award-bait movie coming our way. With that movie, apparently, comes along some happy-go-lucky on-set anecdotes. Like that time Shia LaBeouf cut up his own face on the set of WWII movie Fury so that we, as an movie-goers, could get as realistic an experience with his face wounds as possible. Thanks?
Here's how bystander and co-star Logan Lerman tells the tale in an interview with GQ:
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.' 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.
I can't tell if Lerman's tone here was a slack-jawed awe of respect for a fellow actor, or a wide-eyed recollection of terror. I'd put my money on a healthy mixture of both. Definitely a healthy mixture of both.
This is hardly the first time some weird-ass anecdotes have leaked during the press tour of a movie candidly grabbing for awards: Remember that time Leonardo DiCaprio cut his hand in the middle of a Django Unchained take and then just wiped the blood on Kerry Washington's face in the name of acting? That was disconcerting. That's still disconcerting. Sometimes actors freak me out.
LaBeouf is thought of in somewhat different categories than DiCaprio ever is, since he walked around a red carpet with an "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" bag on his head and set up shop in a gallery to cry at strangers, but this self-mutilation story might be a contender to be the "wiping blood on Kerry Washington's face" of 2014.
Now I'm gonna need for LaBeouf and DiCaprio to never do a movie together. Just for, like, public safety reasons.
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