I am not sure what to think of actor Shai LaBeouf, frankly, I don’t think I can properly pronounce his name. I can only recall one movie that I have seen him in, and it is not really his fault that the last Indiana Jones installment was so ghastly-bad. He has a history of erratic behavior, but frankly I can think of very few professional actors who do not have an outsized streak of intensity. But what he did on the set of the new WWII film Fury takes “method acting” to the extreme.
According to fellow cast-member Logan Lerman, LaBeouf was in makeup getting his “wounds” applied, when he became dissatisfied with the results.
“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’,” said Logan, who appears alongside LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Jason Isaacs and Michael Pena in David Ayer’s film.”
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.” (from Guardian.com)
This wasn’t the limit of his intensity either. He went to a dentist and had a tooth pulled, and went for so long without bathing that the crew exiled him to a bed-and-breakfast away from the rest of the production staff and actors.
I can speak with some experience about large cuts on one’s face, though mine was both accidental and with the heel of an axe. I have cut my calf with a Sgain Dubh, in keeping with the Highland tradition of always drawing blood, yours or your enemies, before returning it to its sheath. But I don’t think I could possibly draw a knife across my face on purpose. That is a special level of crazy.
I am a big war movie buff with the majority of my DVDs consisting of classics such as Run Silent, Run Deep, The Longest Day, The Dirty Dozen, A Bridge Too Far, and the like. Brad Pitt seems less infected than average with the Hollywood PC nonsense (completely antithetical to a good war movie), and thus the film has potential. If the reviews turn out to be good I will probably go and see it. I almost never see a movie in the theater, the last non-Bond movie I have gone to see was the Hangover. Ok, Planes: Fire and Rescue, but that was because the kids needed a rainy-day break. I don’t think that counts.
If you go before me, please let me know if it is worth seeing. Thanks.