“The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, starring Shia LaBeouf as Charlie, a normal guy who falls for married woman Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), whose husband is a mentally unstable crime boss.
Over the course of the film, Charlie drops acid. In preparation for these scenes, LaBeouf tells MTV that he dropped acid in real life to get into the head of his character. He also sent tapes to co-star Wood in order to get her opinion on his acting high.
“I was kind of scared, I’d never done acid before. I remember sending Evan tapes. I remember trying to conjure this [acid-trip feeling] and sending tapes and Evan being like, ‘Yeah, that’s good, but that’s not, but this is, but that ain’t,'” says LaBeouf. “Not like she’s the expert on set. I’m just saying you reach out to friends, and you sort of gauge where you’re at. So I was sending tapes around.”
He also confirms that while he may have dropped acid to experience the effects, he did not show up to film the scenes tripping on acid.
“You don’t show up completely wasted. You don’t show up completely tripping on acid. But you’re rooting for something and you’re pushing yourself toward it. Everyone’s got their own way,” says LaBeouf.