Irresponsible Knife Owner of the Day?: Method Acting Edition


Shia LaBeuof, top left, took method acting to the extreme in the new film Fury.

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

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.


  1. sean says:

    that is some serious dedication to acting/being crazy at the same time. The Trailer looks incredibly good though. Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds was really good, so im hoping that a war movie based on fact would be amazing as well. Plus that guy from The walking dead, and the guy from End of Watch, should make for a great cast.

  2. Apropos of nothing at all…

    Run Silent, Run Deep is one of the most underrated War Movies of all time. Gable and Lancaster (with a young Don Rickels for levity) Classic.

    Some of the others I mentioned make it onto AMC and such, but I have never seen RS,RD on tv.

    It is kind of a mashup of the two Edward Beach novels, Run, Silent Run Deep and its sequel, Dust on the Sea.

    The full movie is available on youtube as well.

  3. Mike L says:

    Well Hell’s Bells….if we are going to be doing war movies, then let the games begin !

    Anything by Samuel Fuller (either writer or direction)
    e.g. The Steel Helmet, The Big Red One etc

    A Walk In The Sun with Dana Andrews and Dick Conte

    Nearly any Post WWII Italian Neorealism

    And a movie that I can hardly watch in 2014 anymore than I did back the first time in the 1960’s. I have close to an emotional break down every time.
    The Best Years of Our Lives.

    Another movie which IMHO is hidden gem about war.
    Gregory Peck in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    The scene of him bayoneting a young German solider for his coat is amazing.

    Finally, how about a personal story. My father was a WWII vet. He served across Europe in multiple campaigns and saw lots of horror and gore. Actually too much. Today he would be diagnosed with severe PTSD. So when he comes back home to a wife and baby he figures to unwind. “Hey lets see a movie !” 3 days home he goes to some war movie. The Germans start to attack on screen. The old man goes freaking berserk in the theatre. As I heard it decades later, he jumps up and is screaming at the top of his lungs. “KILL THEM” “SHOOT EM, SHOOT EM” “KILL THE BASTARDS” The civilians are terrorized. The old man is now moving to get closer to the screen to kill the actors up there…A movie. A damn movie. Powerful things these moving images….ushers, then police, finally he calms down and goes home. We lived with the end result of war for years. Then came Viet Nam. Repeat with the kiddies…

  4. The Altantic’s film critic said “Fury is the most sadistic, jingoistic, militaristic movie I’ve seen in a long time. Tarantino-level violence with none of the wit”

    As PJ Media’s Jim Treacher tweeted: “Sold”.

  5. Tom RKBA says:

    Go see “Fury”. If “Saving Private Ryan” set the standard for terrifying infantry combat, “Fury” adds to the terror with the absolute helplessness that comes with flesh being destroyed by steel and high explosives.

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