updated 08/28/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/28/2012 AT 9:55 AM ET
It looks like Shia LaBeouf may take Method acting very seriously.
For his latest independent film, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which costars Evan Rachel Wood, Rupert Grint, Melissa Leo and Mads Mikkelsen, LaBeouf, 26, plays a Mob character – one who trips out on LSD, reports USA Today.
“There’s a way to do an acid trip like [the comedy] Harold & Kumar,” he tells the newspaper, “and there’s a way to be on acid.”
LaBeouf goes on to say he prefers a real-life approach, despite what can then happen. “Sometimes, it does get real. Too real [for a director] who’s trying to keep a diplomatic set,” he says.
LaBeouf is planning to get even more real in his newly-announced project, in which he is expected to strip all the way down for director Lars Von Trier’s racy The Nymphomaniac. But the Transformers star tells the Associated Press he’s “not choosing to be naked all the time” – and that he “didn’t get into [acting] to be a porn guy.”
Still, one can also see him in the buff in a music video for the Icelandic band Sigur Ros’s song “Fjogur Piano.” He tells AP the reaction to the eight-and-a-half-minute clip has been positive, and he feels “quite confident” about his performance.