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In recent years, Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has become known in the public eye for his odd and erratic behavior. From wearing a paper bag on his head to turning his twitter account into a performance art piece, he has become a common subject of Hollywood gossip. But would anybody guess that he would be making headlines for self-mutilation?

In a recent interview with the British version of GQ magazine, Fury co-star Logan Lerman said:

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.

Apparently, in an attempt to add more grit and realism to his character, LaBeouf has taken it on himself to legitimately cut his face (as seen below). He also had a dentist remove one of his teeth.

LaBeouf, earlier this summer with a facial cut
LaBeouf, earlier this summer with a facial cut

This isn't the first time an actor has done something like this to add realism to their character. In 2008, Mickey Rourke actually lacerated himself for the movie The Wrestler. He did this to accurately portray the art of blading: a technique that professional wrestlers use to make themselves bleed to make their matches more of a spectacle.

Some people think that Labeouf is taking his role too seriously, with some users on Yahoo leaving comments like these:

He's really getting weirder and weirder.
So a person does this anywhere but in Hollywood and they would get him the psychiatric care he needed Hollywood they are like "cool"! Hollywood is very despicable place!
What a damn idiot - so which movie did he have his brain removed for?

Still, others like Labeouf's fellow cast member Brad Pitt see his actions as a commendable dedication to his role. In the same GQ article, Brad Pitt stated:

“Oh, I love this boy. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen...He’s full-on commitment, man. He’s living it like no one else, let me tell you.”

Whether it's method acting or mental instability, you can see Shia Labeouf's performance on October 17th when Fury officially hits theaters.


Realism or mental instability?


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